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Driver's education classes offered at Huie Center

Thursday-March 21

The Safe America Foundation will offer driver's education classes at its state-licensed Safe TeenGeorgia affiliate in the Jim Huie Recreation Center at 9045 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro. Classes start Thursday and end Saturday, March 21. Students attend 30 hours of classroom instruction, and complete 10 to 16 hours behind the wheel. To check schedules and availability, or to register, visit www.safeamerica.org, or call (770) 973-7233.

Friday

The Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra will present "A Night at the Opera" Friday at 7:30 p.m., at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University. Tickets will be $12 at the door. For more information, call (770) 506-0785, or visit www.scsymphony.net.

Saturday

Barnes and Noble, located at 1939 Mt. Zion Road, Morrow, will recognize Clayton County Day on Saturday, from 10 a.m., to 8 p.m. Guests at the free event will be able to meet such authors as Herb Bridges and Peter Bonner. Proceeds from book sales will promote Clayton County's 150th birthday. Guests may also download vouchers for book purchases at www.celebrateclayton150.com. The vouchers will allow a percentage of the net sale of the purchase to be distributed to the user's school or organization. For more information, contact the Clayton County Visitors Bureau at (678) 610-4242.

Monday

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department will have a Spring Break Camp for children ages 5 to 15. Registration for the camp will begin on Monday and will end on April 3. Registration is $50, and does not include field trip costs. The camp will be held in the Jim Huie Recreation Center, the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, the Virginia Burton Gray Recreation Center and the Therapeutic Recreation Center. The Spring Break Camp will take place April 6-10 from 7 a.m., to 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Clayton County Parks and Recreation Administrative Offices at (770) 477-3766.

March 22

State Rep. Mike Glanton (D-Jonesboro) and Clayton County Public Schools have partnered to present the "Clayton County 2009 Cultural Celebration Day Program" on March 22 from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. Admission is $10, and limited complimentary tickets are available to non-profit groups providing services to children and seniors in Clayton County. Tickets can be purchased at the Clayton News Daily, Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center, Boston's The Gourmet Pizza in Morrow and Country Inns and Suites by Carlson in Morrow. Tickets may also be purchased at the Performing Arts Center the day of the show. The program will help raise funds for several non-profit organizations such as House of Dawn, Inc., Clayton County 4-H Program, Alzheimer's Service Center, Boys to Men Mentoring Program and Grassroots Leadership Institute. Doors open at 6 p.m. For ticket, advertisement or sponsorship information, call Glanton at (678) 479-7730 or e-mail glantonm@bellsouth.net, Kim Siebert at (770) 473-3945 or e-mail her at ksiebert@uga.edu, or Marie Barber at (404) 840-2811.

March 25

The Forest Park and Fort Gillem Local Redevelopment Authority will meet March 25, April 22, May 27, June 24, July 22, Aug. 26, Sept. 23, Oct. 28, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. The meetings, at Forest Park City Hall, 745 Forest Parkway, are open to the public.

March 26

The University of Georgia's College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences will host Noontime Knowledge, a free gardening course on container gardening, March 26. The class is from 12:15 to 1 p.m., at the extension office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. Attendees should bring a sack lunch, a pad and pen. Classes are free, but registration is appreciated. For more information, call (770) 473-5434, or e-mail hortpa@uga.edu.

March 28

The Clayton County Foreclosure Resource Center and the Clayton County-Wide Homeowners Association will host a foreclosure assistance workshop on March 28, from 9:30 a.m., to 3 p.m., at the National Archives Southeast Region, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. Attendees will gather at 9:30 a.m., and take part in a workshop from 10 a.m., to 12 p.m. During the workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with Realtors, mortgage bankers, attorneys, financial consultants and counselors. Lunch will be provided by the homeowners association, followed by a program including guest speakers on property tax assessments and mortgage fraud. For more information contact the Foreclosure Resource Center at (404) 260-3149.

Riverdale High School will host a yard sale sponsored by the Parent Teacher Association on March 28, from 9 a.m., to 2 p.m. The school is located at 160 Roberts Drive, Riverdale. Sellers can rent a booth for $25. The yard sale will include items such as electronics, furniture, clothing, toys and housewares. For more information, call (404) 374-0159.

During the month of March, Curves of Morrow will participate in the 11th Annual Curves Food Drive to benefit local food banks. Curves of Morrow, located at 2266 Lake Harbin Road, will waive its normal service fee for new members who bring in a bag of non-perishable groceries between March 9 and 28. For more information contact Cynthia Howard at (404) 968-0990.

The League of Women Voters of Georgia will host a civic engagement meeting in Clayton County on March 28, from 10 a.m., to 12 p.m., at the Clayton State University Ballroom in the Student Activities Center, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. For more information call (678) 547-0755, or visit www.lwvga.org.

March 31

The League of Women Voters of Georgia will host a civic engagement meeting in Clayton County on March 31, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Lovejoy Community Center, 11622 Hastings Bridge Road, Hampton. For more information call (678) 547-0755, or visit the web site at www.lwvga.org.

Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Services is offering adult coed volleyball. Participants can register until March 31 from 9 a.m., to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The cost is $150 per team. The season starts April 9, and ends May 28. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

April

The Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Department will be hosting a fast-pitch softball league for girls starting in April. The league is for girls 8 to 17 years of age. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

April 6, 30

Georgia Urology and Southern Regional Health System will offer a free patient education seminar for men on April 6 and 30 at 6:30 p.m., at Southern Regional's Education Center at 11 Upper Riverdale Road, Riverdale. Registration begins at 6 p.m. This seminars will be led by Dr. Darrell Carment of Georgia Urology. Spouses and partners are welcome. To register, call 1(877)433-2873.

May 7-16

The Safe America Foundation will offer driver's education classes at its state-licensed Safe TeenGeorgia affiliate, in the Jim Huie Recreation Center, 9045 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, from May 7 to 16. Students attend 30 hours of classroom instruction, and complete 10 to 16 hours behind the wheel. To check for schedules and availability, or to register, visit www.safeamerica.org or call (770) 973-7233.

June 8-19

Arts Clayton's 16th Annual Summer Arts Camp will be held June 8-19. The event will be held at E.J. Swint Elementary School, 500 Ga. Highway 138, Jonesboro. For more information, contact Arts Clayton at (770) 473-5457.

June 22-26

The Clayton County 4-H will host a 4-H Summer Camp for fifth-graders June 22-26 at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Registration is being accepted at the Clayton County 4-H office, at 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. For a copy of the application, visit the 4-H web site at www.co.clayton.ga.us/extension_svc/4h.org/summercamp/default.htm. Space is limited. For more information, contact the 4-H staff at (770) 473-3945.

Ongoing

The Bear Creek Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m., and Friday nights at 10 p.m., at 1019 U.S. Highway 19/41 in Hampton. For directions, call (678) 472-3100.

Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc., is selling commemorative bricks that will be used in the city of Jonesboro's streetscape. When completed, the streetscape will feature a walkway where the engraved bricks will be placed. There is an "early bird special" price of $35 for one brick, or three bricks for $100. Each brick may contain up to three lines with 18 letters per line. The brick walkway will offer a unique opportunity to record an individual's name, memorialize a friend, mentor, or family member, or make note of a personal milestone. For more information, call (770) 473-0197.

The Clayton County Foreclosure Resource Center is hosting weekly foreclosure prevention workshops in Forest Park on Thursdays, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and 5:30 to 7 p.m. The workshops are intended to educate the community on how to avoid home foreclosure. To schedule an appointment to attend a weekly workshop, call (770) 961-6900.

The Coffee Spot is hosting Poetry-n-Motion, an open-mic poetry night, every third Saturday of the month. Youths sign up at 2:30 p.m., and the show starts at 3 p.m. Adults sign up at 7:30 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. The event takes place at 10249 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro. For more information call (678) 519-3731.

The Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Department will offer swimming to the public at the recreation center's indoor pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7 and 9 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

The Forest Park Recreation and Leisure Department is offering floor aerobics on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7 to 8 p.m. The cost of the class is $25 per resident and $35 per non-resident per month. For more information, call (404) 363-2908.

The Virginia Gray Cafe will host an open-mic night for teen poets every third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Virginia Burton Gray Recreation Center, located at 1475 East Fayetteville Road, Riverdale. Though teenagers are the target group, there is no age restriction on performers. For more information, contact Mikala Glanton at (770) 603-4001.

Fishing day-passes for the Shoal Creek Reservoir, located at 301 Hampton Road, Hampton, are on sale for $10 at the Shamrock/Blalock Reservoir entrance office, located at 2688 Shamrock Road, Jonesboro. Passes may be purchased Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Anglers will need to purchase a pass in advance, then select a Saturday for fishing. The slots will be limited to 20 boats per Saturday on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Saturdays available to fish are April 18, April 25, May 16, May 23, June 6 and June 13. For more information, contact the Clayton County Water Authority at (770) 961-2130.

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.