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Economic Recovery Exposition set for Friday

Thursday

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host a "SunTrust Bank Early Bird Breakfast" on Thursday, at 7:45 a.m., at the Continuing Education Building at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The topic will be "General Concepts of Universities, Communities and Strategic Partnerships." The guest speaker will be Thomas Hynes, Jr., interim president of Clayton State University. Admission is $15 for members, and members' guest, and $25 for non-members. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. To register early, or for more details, contact the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce at (678) 610-4021.

The Clayton County Extension Service will host a free butterfly gardening class on Thursday, from 12:15 to 1 p.m., at the Clayton County Extension Service offices, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. Participants will learn how to attract butterflies to their gardens, and how to keep them there. The class will be conducted by Marge Klepinger, Clayton County Master Gardener. To register, call (770) 473-5434, or e-mail hortpa@uga.edu.

Friday

U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.) will host an "Economic Recovery Exposition" Friday, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park. The exposition will bring together corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies to assist constituents in surviving in the current economy. Participants will be able to speak to HUD-approved housing counselors; learn about changing careers; short-term training opportunities and how to start a small business. Attendees will also receive information about extended unemployment and health benefits and be able to explore available job opportunities. Those seeking employment are encouraged to dress professionally, and bring their resume for interviews and networking opportunities. For more details, visit www.davidscott.house.gov.

Saturday

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 Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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 Saturday. 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 details, contact the Clayton County Library System, at (770) 473-3850.

The Alzheimer's Services Center will present a "Spa Day-Garage Sale-Fish Fry" on Saturday, from 8 a.m., to 1 p.m., at the Alzheimer's Services Center, 6701 Ga. Highway 85, Riverdale. Spa Day will include a skin analysis, facial, hand treatment and massage, deep-tissue back massage and foot massage for $30 by appointment. A garage sale will also be held outside of the center, and there will be fish and chicken dinners for patrons. To purchase a Spa Day ticket, stop by the Alzheimer's Services Center. For more details, call (770) 603-4090.

The American Kidney Fund will be on hand for the Ben Hill United Methodist Church's Annual Health Fair, offering free kidney health screenings on Saturday, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at the Ben Hill United Methodist Church, 2099 Fairburn Road, Atlanta. The American Kidney Fund provides its free screenings through its Minority Intervention and Kidney Education program. The program is designed to reduce the high rate of kidney failure among minority, and the medically under-served population. For more details, contact the American Kidney Fund at (404) 658-1420.

The Therapeutic Division of Clayton County Parks and Recreation will present "Beach Bash", a free event on Saturday, from 12 to 3 p.m., at Clayton County International Park, 2300 Ga. Highway 138, Jonesboro. The event will include food, live entertainment, beach games and swimming. This event is for all participants and their families, and no participants should be left unsupervised. To be part of the event, one must pre-register by phone or in person at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, 3499 Rex Road, Rex. For more details, contact Tori Moses at (770) 472-8042.

Sunday

The American Legion Riders Post 258 will host its third annual "Ride for Leukemia" Sunday, at 12:30 p.m. The ride will begin at the Harley-Davidson of Clayton County, 1384 Southlake Parkway, Morrow. Riders will stop at Kevins Korner Bar and Grill in Griffin, Motorheads Bar and Grill in McDonough, and will end the ride at the American Legion Post 258, in Jonesboro. There will be police escorts all day. Food will be served at Post 258, and a raffle will be conducted. The cost for riders will be $30, and passengers will be $10. For more details, call Art Conner at (404) 452-3133.

Monday-Aug. 7

Youth Under Construction, Inc., will host "Camp Character" Monday, June 1, 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, and a $20 discount if the registration fee is received before June 1. 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.

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 10

Metro Brokers/GMAC Real Estate will host a free "$8,000 Tax Credit Seminar" on June 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at 1218 North Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree City. The seminar will be conducted to help new home buyers clearly understand the $8,000 federal tax credit, and to find out if they qualify for it. Advanced registration is required due to space limitations. For more details, contact Tiki Carter, for Metro Brokers/GMAC Real Estate, at (404)-843-2500, or e-mail tiki.carter@metrobrokers.com.

June 11, 23

The City of Riverdale will host a free "Pre-Foreclosure Housing Seminar" on June 11 and 23, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at 750 Main Street, 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 her at wwallace@riverdalega.gov.

June 13

The Price Performing Arts Center will host its "15th Anniversary Spring Dance Concert" on June 13, at 5 p.m., at the Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $18 general admission at the door. Children ages 3 and under are free. For more details, call (404) 305-8812, or (404) 241-5767.

June 17

The Hartsfield Area Transportation Management Association, Inc., will host its second quarterly "Greening Your Worksite" event on June 17, from 11:30 a.m., to 1:30 p.m., at the Hilton Atlanta Airport, 1031 Virginia Ave., Atlanta. The series is $20 for HATMA members, $25 for non-members and $30 at the door. The series will provide tips on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification process, and how to save company dollars while helping to preserve the environment. For reservations or details, call HATMA at (404) 761-6774, or visit www.hatma.org.

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.

June 27

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department will present a "Pre-School Story Swim" on June 27, 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 June 27, 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.

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 9, 21

The City of Riverdale will host a free "Pre-Foreclosure Housing Seminar" on July 9 and 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at 750 Main Street, 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 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 Blvd., 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 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.

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.

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.

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.