Datebook - July 29, 2009


Small Business and Development Center at Clayton State University will present a free workshop on July 29, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., in room T-152, at the Clayton State School of Business Building, located at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Boulevard, Morrow. The workshop is designed for established businesses that have been operating for two years, and are eligible for the 8(a) designation. The program will provide participants with an overview of 8(a) certification, and Small Disadvantage Business programs. Register online at www.business.clayton.edu/sbdc. Form more details, call (678) 466-5100.

Today-July 31

The Southern Nights Chorale, a men's acappella chorus, will be holding auditions until Friday, July 31. To audition, singers must be able to read music, maintain tonal pitch, meet the schedule and have choral experience. The Southern Nights Chorale draws singers from five counties, and has performed in places such as the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, and the governor's mansion. The chorale also sings annually at an Atlanta Braves game. To schedule an audition, or for more details, contact J.D. Holmes at (770) 461-3258, or visit www.SouthernNightsChorale.org.

Today-Aug. 22

The Arts Clayton Gallery is seeking entries for the "6th Annual Juried Photography Competition," presented in conjunction with the "Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival." Participants must be Georgia residents, 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. Contact Arts Clayton Gallery at (770) 473-5457. The gallery will also feature the "Mike Sawecki -2009 Juried Show Best in Show Winner Solo Show," through Aug. 22, at the gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Call (770) 473-5457.


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


Participants may 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. Contact Michael Morris, Sr., at (404) 363-2908.


A "Teen Workshop" for sixth- through ninth-graders, sponsored by the Clayton County Adolescent Health and Youth Development Center, and The University of Georgia's College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service Clayton County, will be held on Thursday, 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, 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.


Jabez's Balanced Nutrition Services will provide free breakfast and lunch for children 18 years of age, and under, until Friday, 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 in needy neighborhoods across the county. Contact Pia Speight at (770) 960-1300, or e-mail battlecreek@bgiapartments.com.


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 Saturday, 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.


There will be a "First Time Homebuyers Seminar" on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m., in the 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. 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's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service Clayton County, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. Call (770) 761-3020.

Aug. 11-Sept.22

The Small Business Development Center at Clayton State University, will present its "Entrepreneur Success Series," from Aug. 11 to Sept. 22, 6-8:30 p.m., in the conference room, at Allan Vigil Ford, 6790 Mt. Zion Boulevard, Morrow. Series topics include small business legal issues, starting a business, setting up business records, and marketing small businesses. Classes may be taken separately for a cost of $69 each, or individuals may take the entire series for $349. Contact the Small Business Development Center at (678) 466-5100.

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 and mentored, and will 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. 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. 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 Boulevard, 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. Contact College Park at (404) 767-1537.

Sept. 18

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, in conjunction with Divine Faith Ministries International, will perform a free concert on Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. For tickets, or additional information, contact the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center at (770) 473-2875.

Oct. 3

Morrow High School will have a 30-Year Reunion of the "MHS Class of 1979, 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. Participants 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 details, write an e-mail to valiani@hotmail.com, or cmoye1124@gmail.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. 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. 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. 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.

Brookdale Dine and Dance Club, meets most every Friday, at 6 p.m., at the Jim Huie Recreation Center, 9045 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro. Participants must be 55 years old, or older, and should bring a plate of food. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., and seniors will dance at 6:45 p.m., to live music, or a singer. The cost for dancing is $5. Contact Deloris Schaffer, president, at (770) 477-7043, or Don Woodard, treasurer, at (678) 665-6163.

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.