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Clayton Family Reunion 2009 set for Sunday

Today

The Alternative Bicycle Coalition is sponsoring "BikeFest," a free outdoor event, today from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m., at Woodruff Park, off Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. The rain date will be May 22. BikeFest is an event for cyclists and non-cyclists. Participants will learn more about biking and its benefits, and have an opportunity to meet and mingle with bikers, bike vendors and bicycle advocates. For more details call (404) 658-1877 or e-mail cclark@atlantadowntown.com.

Thursday-Saturday

The Clayton County Public Schools Magnet program will be performing "High School Musical," Thursday through Saturday 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.

Thursday

Southern Regional Health System will host a diabetes support group on Thursday, at 7 p.m., in the diabetes classroom on the ground floor of Southern Regional Health System, 11 Upper Riverdale Road, Riverdale. For more details, contact Kathy Marshall, diabetes nurse educator, at (770) 991-8626, or Leanne Darwin, outpatient dietitian, at (770) 991-8033.

The Summer Jobs for Youth Program of Clayton County will have another pre-application session for residents ages 14 to 24, on Thursday, at 5 p.m., at the Holiday Inn, 6288 Old Dixie Highway, Jonesboro. For more information and application details, contact Deborah Anglin, of Hearts to Nourish Hope, at (404) 375-5341, or (770) 870-9784, e-mail debanglin@bellsouth.net, or visit www.atlantaregional.com.

Saturday

Arts Clayton will host a "Saturday Spark!" event Saturday, 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.

Sunday

Clayton County Public Schools will join with community partners to celebrate the "Clayton County Family Reunion 2009," on Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Clayton County International Beach, 2300 Ga. Highway 138, Jonesboro. The reunion is free, and open to the public. The event will feature games and entertainment. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, and stay for the entire afternoon. Limited vendors will be present. For more details, contact Rhonda Burnough, at (770) 473-2760, or Lindsey DeLong, at (770) 603-4005.

Monday-May 20

A free Youth-In Construction Program will be held May 18 through 20, for 17- to 24-year-olds. The comprehensive program will offer construction training, and paid hands-on experience in "green" residential and commercial construction. Individuals with, or without, a high school diploma, or G.E.D., are encouraged to attend. Attendees must register. For more details, contact Nicole Simmons, summer jobs coordinator, at (404) 363-9600, or summersjobsns@yahoo.com.

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 21

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host its Fourth Annual Women in Business Luncheon on May 21, at 11:30 a.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park. Tickets are $45 per person, or $450 for a table of 10. This event is primarily for those who have a business that markets to women, or are interested in the power of women in the business community. The guest speaker will be Monica Pearson, news anchor for WSB-TV Channel 2. There are also sponsorship opportunities available. Advanced reservations are required. For more details, contact the Chamber of Commerce at (678)610-4026.

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 4

The Clayton County Soil and Water Conservation District's monthly meeting will be held June 4, at 11 a.m., at the Clayton County Extension Office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. For more details, call (770) 761-3020.

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.

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 information contact Ken Harper, show chairman, at (770) 582-0907, or visit www.psdgc.com.

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.