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Datebook - Oct. 21, 2009

Today

The Knights of Columbus, Tara Council, will host its "37th Annual Clayton County Public Safety Appreciation Luncheon" on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 11:30 a.m., to 1:30 p.m., at the council hall, 481 Flint River Road, Jonesboro. The Knights of Columbus will be providing lunch to police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and 911 personnel. Awards will be given out for EMT of the year, dispatcher of the year, police officer of the year and the overall public safety officer of the year. Call John Halloran at (404) 735-3260.

Today-Oct. 31

Curves of Peachtree City, 301 Kelly Drive, Suite 10, Peachtree City, and other locations, are accepting donations for the American Cancer Society. Individuals who make a $30 donation to the American Cancer Society, will be waived from paying a service fee, when they join Curves. Curves will also be selling Liv Aid, a breast-self-exam kit. For every kit sold, Curves will donate a kit to a woman who may not be able to afford one. Call Curves of Peachtree City at (770) 487-5673, or a neighboring Curves.

Today-Nov.9

The Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties, Inc., will host genealogy classes every Monday night, until Nov. 9, from 6:30 p.m., to 8:30 p.m., at the Brown House, 71 Macon St., McDonough. The cost per class is $20 for non-members, and $15 for members. Call Jim Sherling, at (770) 478-4514, or e-mail him at sherling1@aol.com.

Thursday

Dauset Trails Nature Center will have a day camp for adults during its "A Day at Dauset," event, on Oct. 29, from 10 a.m., to 5 p.m., at Dauset Trails Nature Center, 360 Mt. Vernon Road, Jackson. Prospective campers should reserve a spot by Thursday, Oct. 22. Participants must provide a $20 donation. Call (770) 775-6798.

Clayton County Parks and Recreation presents, "Lights on Afterschool," on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 4:30 p.m., to 7:30 p.m., at Lee Street Park, 140 Smith St., Jonesboro. The purpose of this event is to educate the community about the importance of after-school programs. The event will provide participants with food, games and arts and crafts. Those who register their child on site for a Clayton County after-school program will receive a free one-month family pass to the recreation center of their choice, including, the Jim Huie Recreation Center, Steve Lundquist Aquatic Center, Virginia Gray Recreation Center, and Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center. Call (678) 479-5139.

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host its, "SunTrust Early Bird Breakfast," on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7:45 a.m., at the Continuing Education Building of Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The event's topic will be, "Southern Regional Medical Center Supporting our Community." The guest speaker will be Clint Matthews, president and CEO of the Southern Regional Medical Center. Patrons must register in advance. The cost is $15 for chamber members and their guests, and $25 for non-members. Call (678) 610-4021.

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service of Clayton County, will have its final free "NoonTime Knowledge" program of the year, on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 12:15 p.m., to 1 p.m., at the Cooperative Extension Service of Clayton County, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. The class will be led by Carolyn Hawkins, a Clayton County "Master Gardener Expert," and will present, "Bulbs are a Bright Idea." Participants must register for the class, by calling Tom Bonnell at (770) 473-5434.

Friday

State Rep. Mike Glanton (D-Ellenwood), and Clayton County Tax Commissioner Terry Baskin, will host the third annual Clayton County Business Community "Business2Business" Bowling Tournament 2009 on Friday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m., at the Pin Strikes Entertainment Center, 3478 Mt. Zion Road, Stockbridge. Registration is $300 per team, and there must be five members per team, with three females and two males, or vice versa. Participants must be 21 years of age, or older. Proceeds will go toward non-profit organizations. Call Glanton at (678) 479-7730, or Baskin at (770) 477-3311.

Saturday

Forest Park High School will have a "Brunch Multi-Class Reunion '72, '73, '74 and '75," on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m., to 1 p.m., at the cafeteria of Forest Park High School, 5452 Phillips Drive, Forest Park. There will also be a "Casual Dinner for classes from 6 p.m., to midnight, at the Lakeview Events Complex of Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138, Jonesboro. One must register for each event. Call Burt Knowles at (678) 272-2958, or visit www.fphsreunion.com.

Georgia Right to Life will host the "Central Georgia Conference" on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9:30 a.m., to 2:30 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 682 Mulberry St., Macon. The theme will be "How to Be Pro-Life in the 21st Century." Tickets are $15 per person, or $25 for two. Student tickets are $10 each. Early registration ends Oct. 22. To register, visit, www.grtl.org, or call (770) 339-6880.

The 116th Army Band, Georgia Army National Guard, will present a free concert of popular and patriotic music, during the City of Stockbridge's "Music in the Park" on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 7 p.m., to 10 p.m., at Memorial Park, 106 Jennings Way, Stockbridge. Call (770) 320-8710.

The Clayton County Neighborhood Stabilization Program will sponsor the "Clayton County Housing Rally" on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m., to noon, at the exhibit hall of the State Farmers Market, 16 Forest Parkway, Forest Park. Individuals will be able to get information about the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, FHA-HUD foreclosed houses and the Down Payment Assistance Program. Call (770) 477-4512.

Sunday

The Clayton County Department of Family and Children Services will host the "Every Day is Father's Day Festival" on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m., to 6 p.m., at the Eula Wilborn Ponds Perry Learning Center, 137 Spring St., Jonesboro. There will be free workshops, door prizes, moonwalks, live entertainment, games, music, food and "Dad-O-Lympics." Volunteers and vendors are needed. Call (770) 603-4679.

Oct. 28

Southern Regional Health System will join Clayton County's Department of Senior Services for its SPARC Health Fair on Oct. 28, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at the Frank Bailey Senior Center, 6213 Riverdale Road, Riverdale. The health fair will be held to educate seniors on breast cancer prevention. Call (770) 603-4050.

Oct. 28-31

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department, will have a "Trail of Terror," on Oct. 28, through Oct. 31, at the Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138, Jonesboro. Individuals may enter the trail, on Wednesday and Thursday, from 7:30 p.m., to 10 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday, from 7:30 p.m., to 11 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Call the Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department, at (770) 477-3766.

Oct. 29

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host its "Fall Bash (Business and Social Hour) on Oct. 29, from 5 p.m., to 7:30 p.m., at the Comfort Suites Atlanta Airport, 5087 Clark Howell Highway, Atlanta. The event will be free for chamber members and their guests, and $25 for non-members. Exhibit-table displays are available for $100 each. Call (678) 610-4021.

Neu Life Chiropractic will have a "Patient Appreciation Day" on Oct. 29, during its normal business hours at 6511 Church St., Riverdale. New patients, and their families and friends, will receive a consultation, exam and free X-ray, to see if chiropractic alternative care will benefit them. There will also be free scoliosis screenings for children 14 years old, and under. The event will include food, treats and gifts. Participants should bring five cans of non-perishable food items, or $5, for Hearts to Nourish Hope, Inc. Call Neu Life at (770) 997-5625.

Oct. 30-31, Nov.1, 6-8

Hearts to Nourish Hope, Inc., and Clayton County Public Schools, will host a "HaunTeen Reality Experience," on Oct. 30, Oct. 31, Nov.1, Nov. 6, Nov.7, and Nov. 8, at Hearts to Nourish Hope, 345 Scott Road, Riverdale. Participants will be able to enjoy the event, from 8 p.m., to midnight, on Friday and Saturday, and from 8 p.m., to 10 p.m., on Sunday. Admission is $5 per person. The event will showcase theatrical enactments of how drugs, alcohol, and gang participation can lead to death, destruction and hurt. Call Colleen Luther, at (770) 997-4517.

Oct. 31

The Clayton County Alzheimer's Support Services, Inc., will have a "Spa Day," on Oct. 31, from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m., at Clayton County Alzheimer's Support Services, Inc., 6701 Highway 85, Riverdale. The fund-raising event will provide patrons with a skin analysis, facial, make up, paraffin-hand treatment, foot massage, back massage, and light refreshments. The cost is $30, and individuals must schedule an appointment. Call (770) 603-4090.

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department will host its free, "International Park Fall Festival," on Oct. 31, from 3 p.m., to 7 p.m., at The Beach, at Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138, Jonesboro. There will be music, games, face painting and food. Individuals will be able to compete in a "Pumpkin Carving Contest," and a "Halloween Costume Contest." Call (770) 477-3766.

The American Cancer Society will have a volunteer information session, on Oct. 31, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the American Cancer Society's Peachtree City Office, 301 Kelly Drive, Suite 3, Peachtree City. Individuals who would like to join the fight against cancer, and are interested in volunteering, should contact Lisa Cockerham at (770) 632-6936.

Nov. 2-6, 9, 13

The Safe America Foundation will offer driving education courses, from Nov. 2 through Nov. 6, and Nov. 9 and Nov. 13, from 3:30 p.m., to 6:30 p.m., at Jonesboro High School, 7728 Mt. Zion Blvd., Jonesboro.

The cost will be $150, for 30 hours of classes. To register visit, www.safeamerica.org. Contact the Foundation at (770) 973-7233.

Nov. 5

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, and the Military Affairs Council present the "12th Annual Veterans Day Luncheon," on Nov. 5, at 11:30 a.m., at Eagle's Landing Country Club, 100 Eagle's Landing Way, Stockbridge. The cost to attend is $30 per person, or $300 for a table of six. The guest speaker will be U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.). Call (678) 610-4021.

Nov. 7

The University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service of Clayton County will have a Clayton County Master Gardener Symposium, entitled, "The Plant Lover's Garden," on Nov. 7, from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m., at Eula Ponds Perry Learning Center, 137 Spring St., Jonesboro. Those who pre-register by Nov. 1, will pay $30 for the symposium. It will be $35 after the pre-registration deadline. Call Tom Bonnell at (770) 473-5434, Monday through Friday.

The Kid's Outdoor Initiative and Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department will host a free, "Festival and Barbecue Competition," on Nov. 7, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138, Jonesboro. Participants will be able to fish, follow a trail in the woods, to explore the Boy Scouts' real camp fire site, and experience 4-H outdoor activities. Call (770) 477-3766.

Lake Spivey Community, Inc., will present a, "Lake Spivey Road Race," on Nov. 7, at 8 a.m., at the Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138, Jonesboro. Proceeds of the race will benefit Rainbow House, Inc. There will be a 15k Road Race, a 5k & 1-Mile Run/Walk, and a "Tot-Trot." Individuals must register online at www.LakeSpiveyRoadRace.org. Call (404) 630-8235.

Nov. 19

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Council will host its quarterly luncheon, on Nov. 19, at 11:30 a.m., in the ballroom of the Student Activities Center at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The topic of the event will be, " '24/8...366' Procrastination: Time Management's No. 1 Adversary." The guest speaker will be Angela Walton, from Angela D. Walton, Inc. The cost is $30 for an individual, or $240 for a table of eight. Call (678) 610-4021.

Nov. 19-21

The Georgia Archives will have a Friends of Georgia Archives History sale, from Nov. 19 through Nov. 21, at the Georgia Archives, 5800 Highway 54, Morrow. FOGA members may purchase books on Thursday, from 5:30 p.m., to 7 p.m. The public sale will be Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m., to 4:30 p.m. The sale will feature genealogical publications, and school and college yearbooks. Proceeds will benefit the Archives in maintaining its education programs, recruiting skilled archivists and restoration experts. Call Gene Jones at (678) 575-2139.

Ongoing

The American Cancer Society is in need of volunteers for its "Look Good Feel Better" program, for cancer patients in Clayton, Coweta, Fayette and Henry Counties. The program's goal is to assist women, currently undergoing cancer treatment, in coping with their appearance, and thereby, regaining a sense of self-confidence and control over their lives. If you are a licensed cosmetologist and would like to volunteer, or for more information, contact Lisa Cockerham, at (770) 631-0625.

An Alzheimer's Support Group meets every fourth Thursday of the month, 6:30-8 p.m., at the GoldenCrest Assisted Living Residence, 2160 Lake Harbin Road, Morrow. 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 St., Jonesboro. Elementary and pre-school students will be able to supplement their home-school curriculum with an educational gallery tour, and art project. The cost per project will be $5. Contact Arts Clayton at (770) 473-5488.

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. Call 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. Call (404) 295-1067.

Brookdale Dine and Dance Club, meets most every Friday, at 6 p.m., at the Jim Huie Recreation Center, 9045 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro. Participants must be 55 years old, or older, and should bring a plate of food. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., and dancing at 6:45 p.m. The cost for dancing is $5. Call Deloris Schaffer at (770) 477-7043, or Don Woodard at (678) 665-6163.

The American Cancer Society in Clayton County is in need of volunteers for its "Road to Recovery" program to drive cancer patients to, and from, their cancer treatments. Free training is provided. In order to volunteer, individuals must have a good driving record, a valid driver's license, automobile insurance and a vehicle that operates well. Contact the American Cancer Society at (770) 631-0625, or e-mail Lisa Cockerham, at Lisa.Cockerham@cancer.org.

LifeLink of Georgia, a non-profit organization which coordinates organ and tissue recoveries in Georgia, is currently providing free speakers. The speakers are trained to provide accurate information about the importance of organ and tissue donations. Presentations usually occur a, civic organizations, community organizations, high schools, colleges, universities, businesses, houses of worship, etc. To request a speaker, or for more information contact LifeLink's public affairs department at (770) 225-5465, or 1-800-544-6667.

Arts Clayton Gallery, is opening its facility, for events such as, weddings, holiday parties, receptions and conferences. The gallery provides a vintage, and contemporary setting for Southern Crescent residents, who are looking for a unique place to celebrate an event. For more information contact Karen Powers, at (770) 473-5488.

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.