0

Clayton ministers to host prayer breakfast

Thursday

The Clayton County Soil and Water Conservation District's monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, May 7, at 11 a.m., at the Clayton County Extension Office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. For more details, call (770) 761-3020.

The Clayton County Ministers' Conference will host the "Clayton County National Day of Prayer" on Thursday, May 7, at 6:30 a.m., at the National Archives Southeast Region, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. The annual community prayer breakfast program will feature Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond as the guest speaker. Tickets are $10, and may be purchased at the door the day of the event. Partial proceeds will support the annual "Kidz to Kamp" program, co-sponsored by the Clayton County Ministers' Conference, and the Clayton County Juvenile Court. For more details, contact the Rev. Mike Glanton, Sr., at (678) 479-7730, or e-mail him at glantonm@bellsouth.net.

The Clayton County Section of the National Council of Negro Women, and the East Point/College Park Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, will have a "State of Clayton County Town Hall Meeting" on Thursday, May 7, from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m., at the Virginia Burton Gray Recreation Center, 1475 East Fayetteville Road, Riverdale. Topics to be discussed during the forum will be education, public safety and economic development. For more details, contact Rene Morrow at (678) 318-1727, or e-mail politicalawareness@epcpdst.org.

Thursday-May16

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 Boulevard, Jonesboro, from Thursday, May 7, through May 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.

Friday

The Clayton County Housing Authority will host a foreclosure seminar on Friday, May 8, from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, 3499 Rex Road, Rex. For more details, contact Marshel Hambrick at (770) 472-8042.

A Project Catsnip Discount Spay-Neuter clinic will take place on Friday, May 8, at the Clayton County Animal Control parking lot, 1396 Government Circle, Jonesboro. The surgery will cost $60 for female cats and $40 for male cats. Vaccinations will be available at the time of surgery. If proof of rabies vaccination cannot be provided prior to surgery, a mandatory rabies vaccination will be given. Rabies vaccinations will cost $10, FVRCP will cost $10, FeLV will cost $15, de-worming will cost $10 and flea treatment will cost $10. The clinic is sponsored by the Clayton County Police Department. Reservations are required. For more details, call (770) 455-7077, or visit www.ProjectCatSnip.com.

Forest Park High School alumni will come together for the Forest Park High School Reunion Choir on Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m., at the Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, 5320 Phillips Drive, Morrow. The concert is free for the public. Elaine McCullough Carroll, class of 1987, will serve as chairperson for the event, and Ken McCullers, class of 1987, will serve as the choir's accompanist. For more details, call Marion Williams at (678) 432-5778, or e-mail marion_williams@bellsouth.net.

Arts Clayton will host Home School Fridays on Friday, May 8, at the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Elementary and preschool students will be able to supplement their home school curriculum with an educational gallery tour, and art project. The art projects will vary each month, and will compliment that month's exhibit. Free personalized tours are offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. The cost per project will be $5. For more details, call Arts Clayton at (770) 473-5457.

Tuesday

Warshaw Properties, Inc., is hosting a job fair, and is currently hiring for property managers, leasing consultants, maintenance technicians and punch/grounds. Prospective employees must bring their resumes and a valid driver's license to the job fair on Tuesday, May 12, from 3 p.m., to 7 p.m., at the Lake Regency Estates Apartment Home Community's leasing office, 5724 Riverdale Road, College Park. No appointment is necessary, and the last walk-in will be taken at 6:45 p.m. For more details, call (770) 874-5030.

May 14-16

The Clayton County Public School Magnet program will be performing "High School Musical" May 14-16 at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mount Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. Advanced tickets are $5. Tickets are $7 at the door. For more details, call Celeste Johnson, school improvement specialist for the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center, at (770) 473-2875.

May 16

The Clayton County Library System will host "Antiques on the Lawn," a free family event on May 16, from 12 to 4 p.m., at the Clayton County Library System, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. Performing artists, antique dealers and authors are invited to participate in the event. Vendors should reserve a spot to display and sell their items, and provide a $10 donation. The entertainment will be provided by magician Ken Scott Noon, and there will be musical performances from 1 to 4 p.m. Inflatables, and arts and crafts will be provided for children. For more details, contact Sherry Turner at (770) 473-3850, or e-mail her at turners@claytonpl.org.

Arts Clayton will host a "Saturday Spark!" event May 16, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main Street, 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.

May 20

Kaiser Permanente of Georgia will offer free skin cancer screenings at four of its locations, including Kaiser Permanente Southwood Specialty Medical Center, 2470 Mount Zion Parkway, Jonesboro, on May 20 from 8 a.m., to 3:30 p.m. For more details, call (770) 603-3690.

May 23

The Atlanta Festival Ballet will host "Dancing on the Square" May 23 at 7 p.m. Guests will learn the rumba, the West African line, beach and swing dancing. There will be a contest for dancers, ages 3 to 9 years old. The program is supported by the Grassroots Arts Program of the Georgia Council for the Arts, through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly, and in partnership with Arts Clayton. For more details, call (770) 507-2775.

May 30

Arts Clayton will host an art exhibit entitled, "Organic Matters" at the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Artwork is being accepted until May 30 at 1 p.m. The show is open to all mediums. Artists are encouraged to center the "organic" theme, when creating their pieces, around mother nature, being green, conservation, reusing and recycling. The exhibition will be from June 2 to July 12. The opening reception will be held on June 4. For more details, contact Arts Clayton Gallery at (770) 473-5457.

The Clayton County American Legion Post 258 will hold a "Memorial Day Observance," on May 30, at 9:30 a.m., at the Jonesboro City Cemetery on Johnson Street. The American Legion will join Luther Maddox, mayor of the City of Jonesboro, and the Jonesboro City Council, in a short program. After the program, the Boy Scouts of Troop 136, and Cub Scouts of Pack 543, will place American flags on the graves. For more details, contact the City of Jonesboro at (770) 478-3800.

The Clayton County Library System will host a "Be Creative @ Your Library" 2009 summer reading program, and the teen summer reading program, "Express Yourself @ Your Library," on May 30. The programs are free for young people up to 18 years of age. Participants can pick up a reading log, at the Clayton County Library System, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro, to keep track of their reading. Readers who read 18 books, or read for nine hours will receive a free paperback book. For more information contact the Clayton County Library System, at (770) 473-3850.

June 5

The Clayton County Grassroots Leadership Institute is accepting applications for the 2009 class schedule. The deadline to submit an application is June 5. There will be a $25 application fee, and a $25 course fee upon acceptance. Prospects can either mail their application to the Clayton County Extension, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro, fax an application to the Grassroots Leadership institute at (770) 473-5438, or e-mail an application with a subject line reading "Grassroots Leadership Institute," to uge.1063@uga.edu. For more details, contact the Clayton County Extension Office at (770) 473-3947.

June 8-19

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

June 20

State Rep. Mike Glanton (D-Ellenwood), and Clayton County District 1 Commissioner Sonna Singleton, will host "The East Clayton County Community Day Festival 2009" on June 20, at 10 a.m., at the Carl G. Rhodenizer Recreation Center, 3499 Rex Road, Rex. The free event will provide guests with music and entertainment. Activities for children will include face painting, slides and pony rides. Food will be offered by several non-profit organizations for a minimum cost. A community yard sale will be part of the event as well. For details, contact Glanton at (678) 479-7730, or Singleton at (678) 201-2187. For details about the yard sale, contact Marie Barber at (770) 961-6441.

June 22-26

The Clayton County 4-H Club 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. Contact the 4-H staff at (770) 473-3945.

July 6-10

Camp Ivy, Inc., a camp for children with Type 1 diabetes, will be held from July 6 through July 10 at the Calvin Center, 13550 Woolsey Road, Hampton. Children ages 2 and up can participate in the program. For more details, call (678) 688-5124.

Ongoing

The Vitamin Shoppe stores in the Jonesboro area are accepting cash donations, on behalf of Vitamin Angels, during the month of May. Vitamin Angels is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing nutrition in the form of supplements to developing countries, communities and individuals in need. The goal is to eradicate childhood blindness caused by vitamin A deficiency worldwide by 2020. For more details, visit www.vitaminshoppe.com.

There will be an Alzheimer's Support Group meeting 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 preschool 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 compliment 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 Street, 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.

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.