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Datebook - July 15, 2009

Today

AMERIGROUP Community Care will present, "Traveling Health Care," on Wednesday, 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.

Aerle Taree, of the two-time, Grammy Award-winning group, Arrested Development, will be reading her book, "PoeTaree: The Jurisprudence of Life," on Wednesday July 15, from 7:30 p.m., to 8:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. For more details, contact the Headquarters Library at (770) 473-3850.

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 Friday, July 17. For more details, contact the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce at (678) 610-4025, or visit www.claytonchamber.org.

Today-July 21

The City of Riverdale will host a free "Pre-Foreclosure Housing Seminar," through July 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.

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.

Arts Clayton Gallery, will feature the "Mike Sawecki -2009 Juried Show Best in Show Winner Solo Show," from Wednesday, 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 to7:30 p.m., in the feature gallery. Contact Arts Clayton at (770) 473-5457.

Today-Sept.19

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service Clayton County, is currently hosting its "Clayton County Extension Farmers Market," every Wednesday, from 4:30 p.m., to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m., to 11 a.m., at the Cooperative Extension Service Clayton County's parking lot, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. There will be free space for 33 local gardeners. The "Clayton County Extension Farmers Market," ends Sept. 19. For more details, call (770) 473-5434.

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

The Downtown Development Authority of the City of Morrow's quarterly meeting will be on Thursday, 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.

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host the "Bash and Membership Campaign Celebration," on Thursday, July 16, from 5 p.m., to 7 p.m., at the Advanced Career Training, 1564 Southlake Parkway, Morrow. The event will feature chair massages, networking, food and door prizes. The winners of the 2009 Membership Campaign will be announced. The event is free for members and guests of members. The cost will be $15 for non-members. For more details, contact the Clayton Chamber at (678) 610-4021.

Saturday

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department will present "Grand Ole Grandparents Day" on Saturday, 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.

Parents Without Partners South Suburban Atlanta CH No. 581, will host "It's a Luau Dance," on Saturday, July 18, from 8 p.m., to 11:45 p.m., at the American Legion Post No. 55, 67 Veterans Avenue, McDonough. The event will be $5 per person. Disc jockey Jimmy Martin will provide guests with a variety of music. The event will include door prizes, and food. For more details, call (770) 478-2104, or (770) 968-7344. One can also contact Jo Warshaw, administrative vice president: (404) 805-9500, or (770) 478-2104.

Saturday, July 25

Wise about Youth: A Training and Consulting Company for Youth Serving Organizations will present, "Peer Educator Training," a free event for teens on Saturday, 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 youths how to use their influence to help peers adopt new, healthy behaviors for a bright future. Breakfast, and lunch will be served. For more details, or to confirm attendance, call (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.

The Clayton County Board of Health Adolescent Health and Youth Development, will sponsor a "Parent Workshop," on July 22, from 7 p.m., to 8:45 p.m., at the Clayton County Board of Health Adolescent Health and Youth Development, 685 Forest Parkway, Forest Park. The workshop will teach participants two types of line dances, and it will assist them in open dialogue for parent communication, through dance movement. In addition, parents will learn important characteristics of parent-teen communication, explore active ways to establish rapport with their teenager and have fun. Space is limited. For more details, contact the Clayton Board of Health Adolescent Health and Youth Development at (404) 366-6230.

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 to 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 to 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. 4

There will be a "First Time Home Buyers Seminar," on Aug. 4, at 7 p.m., at Heritage Bank, 101 North Main St., Jonesboro. The seminar will provide information on the First-Time Home Buyer Credit, and how to qualify for a mortgage. The cost to attend will be $10, and reservations are required. For more details, or to reserve a spot, contact Barbara Stevens, at (770) 515-7001.

Aug. 6

The Clayton County Soil and Water Conservation District will meet on Aug. 6, at 11 a.m., at The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service Clayton County, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. For more details, call (770) 761-3020.

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. Call Kim McNair at (770) 707-2161.

United Together Clayton County Boys and Girls Club, Inc., will host its "Clayton County Needs a Boys and Girls Club! Motorcycle Ride," on Aug. 15, at 9 a.m. The ride will begin, at Morrow City Hall, 1500 Morrow Road, Morrow, and end, at Rocky's Cafe and Pizza, at 2262 Lake Harbin Road, Morrow. The cost will be $20 for the first rider, and $5, for the second rider, on the same motorcycle. Proceeds will benefit the United Together Clayton County Boys and Girls Club, Inc., to create a Boys and Girls Club in Clayton County. For more details, contact Searless Hathaway, at (770) 289-6364, or Richard Reagan, at (770) 961-8385.

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.

Aug. 22

The City of College Park, will have its "3rd Annual College Park Cityfest," on Aug. 22, at 6 p.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Concourse Blvd., College Park. This is a free event for the public, that will provide participants with a health fair, and a children's area. There will be a live band, that will play jazz, and rhythm and blues. For more details, contact the City of College Park, at (404) 767-1537.

Oct. 3

Morrow High School will have a "MHS Class of 1979, 30 Year Reunion," on Oct. 3, from 8 p.m., to 1 a.m., at the Pilgreens on Lake Dow, 1720 Lake Dow Road, McDonough. The "Pre-reunion Happy Hour" will begin, at 7 p.m. The event will include hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar. The Doc Driver band will play throughout the evening. Particpants should wear casual-dressy attire. The cost is $50 per person, if paid by July 18, and $60 if paid after that date. Payments must be received no later than Aug. 31. For more deatails, write an e-mail to valiani@hotmail.com, or cmoye1124@gmail.com

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.