Datebook - June 24, 2009


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 farmers market will operate from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., on Wednesdays, and from 9 to 11 a.m., on Saturdays. There is free space for 33 local gardeners. The event will end Sept. 19. Gardeners can sell items from their car, pickup truck or from a table. For more details, call (770) 473-5434.

Friday, Saturday

Hearts to Nourish Hope, Inc., will present "Just Believe," an original musical production, on Friday at 8 p.m., at Hearts to Nourish Hope, 345 Scott Road, Riverdale. The second showing will be on Saturday, at 1 p.m. The musical will feature the Hearts to Nourish Hope Drama and Music Group. Tickets are $5. For more details, call (770) 997-4511.


The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department will present a "Preschool Story Swim" on Saturday from 12 to 2 p.m., at the Virginia Burton Gray Recreation Center, 1475 East Fayetteville Road, Riverdale. Children ages 2 to 5 are eligible to participate. Parents will be able to bring children to the pool, and enjoy a story about pool and water safety, followed by a safe swim in the pool. For more details, contact Justin Blanton at (770) 603-4001.

The American Cancer Society will host Reach to Recovery training, for breast cancer survivor volunteers, on Saturday at Piedmont Fayette Hospital, 1260 Ga. Highway 54, Fayetteville. The volunteers will serve as confidants by offering hope and strength to breast cancer patients. Reach to Recovery offers one-to-one confidentiality between the volunteer and breast cancer patient. For more details, contact Lisa Cockerham at (770) 631-0625.

DeJuan "DJ" Gilchrist, an 11-year-old Jonesboro resident, along with family and friends, will host an Alex's Lemonade Stand on Saturday from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m., at Chick-fil-A, 11161 Tara Blvd., Hampton. The goal of Gilchrist's stand titled, "Lemonade for Life," is to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Gilchrist will be providing free lemonade with donations, as well as Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit coupons with a donation of $5. For more details, contact Chick-fil-A at (770) 472-6101, or Alex's Lemonade Stand at (610) 649-3034.

The City of Morrow will present "SummerFest on the Green 2009" Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m., at 5917 Reynolds Road, Morrow. The event will celebrate the nation's independence with games and activities for children, and musical entertainment. The evening will be concluded with fireworks. The event is free, but food and beverages will be available at a cost. For more details, call (770) 968-1623.


The Southern Crescent Democratic Women will meet on Sunday at 7 p.m., in the training room of the Clayton County Police Department, 7911 North McDonough St., Jonesboro. For more details, call Searless Hathaway at (770) 289-6364.


Clayton County Adolescent & Youth Connections, Inc., will present the film "Bring Your 'A' Game," Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Clayton County Adolescent Teen Center, 685 Forest Parkway, Forest Park. The event will also include a cookout, which will begin at 6 p.m. The film will begin at 7 p.m. A community discussion will be held following the screening. To participate, RSVP by calling the Clayton County Adolescent Teen Center at (404) 366-6230.

July 1

Participants should RSVP before July 1 for the City of Forest Park's annual "City of Forest Park/Forest Park Dwarf House 5K Fun Run/Walk." The event is 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.

July 6-10

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.

July 9-21

The City of Riverdale will host a free "Pre-Foreclosure Housing Seminar" July 9-21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at 750 Main St., Riverdale. The seminar is 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" July 11 from 6:30 to 11 p.m., at The Getaway Club at Fort Gillem, 4619 Club Drive, Forest Park. Tickets are $60 for a single person, 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 18

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department will present "Grand Ole Grandparents Day" on July 18, from 12 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, 26

The Peach State Depression Glass Club will present the 33rd Annual Collectible Glass Show and Sale, July 25 from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., and July 26 from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the Cobb County Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta. Admission is $6, and will be valid for both days. Parking is free. For more details, contact Ken Harper, show chairman, at (770) 582-0907, or visit www.psdgc.com.

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 from 8:30 to 10 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m., to 1 p.m. The meal menu includes hamburgers, turkey wraps, grilled chicken sandwiches, cereal, milk, fruit and juice. The program is designed to take the place of the National School Lunch Program during the summer vacation period, so that meals for many low-income children are not lost. 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.


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. There will be an additional cost for field trips. There will be free before- and after-program care from 7 to 9 a.m., and 4 to 6 p.m. 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 from 6:30 to 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 Street, Jonesboro. Elementary and pre-school students will be able supplement their home school curriculum with an educational gallery tour, and art project. The art projects will vary each month, and will complement that month's exhibit. 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.

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.