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Datebook - Oct. 28, 2009

Today-Saturday

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

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host its "Fall Bash" (Business and Social Hour) on Thursday, 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 Thursday, 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. 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.

Friday-Sunday, Nov. 6-8

Hearts to Nourish Hope, Inc., and Clayton County Public Schools, will host a "HaunTeen Reality Experience," on Friday, Oct. 30; Saturday, Oct. 31; Sunday, 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.

Saturday

The Clayton County Alzheimer's Support Services, Inc., will have a "Spa Day," on Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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.

Parents without Partners South Suburban Atlanta Chapter No. 581 will host its, "37th Annual Halloween Costume Ball," on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 8 p.m., to 11:45 p.m., at the American Legion Post No. 55, 67 Veterans Ave., McDonough. Individuals may attend the event at a cost of $5. Participants must bring a snack to share at the event. Participants may dress casually, or in costume. Call Jo Warshaw, at (404) 805-9500.

Monday-Nov. 6, 9, 13

The Safe America Foundation will offer drivers-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, or call (770) 973-7233.

Nov. 4

Slim Goodbody, a performer and educator, will present, "Bodyology," on Nov. 4, at 10 a.m., at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. The musical production will teach children, from kindergarten to fifth grade, about the human body, and what it takes to keep it healthy. Ticket prices for children and adults will be $6.50. Call (770) 473-2875.

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 retired Brig. Gen. Robert Stephens, Jr., a vice president at Clayton State University. Call (678) 610-4021.

The Arts Clayton Gallery will have a free opening reception for the "Mistletoe Market and Wonderland Exhibition," on Nov. 5, from 5:30 p.m., to 7:30 p.m., at the gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. The market will provide individuals with hand-crafted gifts, jewelry, glass, ceramics, wood, fiber art, drawings, prints and photography, and art work geared to the holiday season. Call (770) 473-5457.

The Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program of the Clayton County Board of Health will sponsor "Build It So They Will Come: Effectively Engaging Teens," a free professional development program on Nov. 5, from 9:30, to 3 p.m., at The Clayton County Health and Youth Development Center, 685 Forest Parkway, Forest Park. The workshop will help organizations recruit and retain teens in their programs, and learn how to motivate them. Registration is required. Call (404) 366-6230.

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.

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, 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 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.

The Forest Park Masonic Lodge No. 399, and The Forest Park Eastern Star Chapter No. 290, will host a "Country Breakfast," on Nov. 7, from 7 a.m., to 11 a.m., at the Forest Park Masonic Lodge No. 399, 953 Main St., Forest Park. Tickets for the breakfast will be $5 per person. There will also be a Georgia Child Identification Program event. There will be no cost for the GA CHIP, for parents who wish for their children to provide their identification. Contact Ted Plyant at (678)-642-7679, or (770) 471-5328.

Nu-Dawn Beauty Salon and Day Spa will have a fund-raiser for Jonesboro resident Kathy Johnson's Liver Transplant, on Nov. 7, from 11 a.m., to 3 p.m., at the old Ingles shopping center, 242 Stockbridge Road, Jonesboro. Individuals will be able to donate money, baked goods, paper products, chips and drinks for Johnson. There will also be a health fair, and individuals will be able to reserve a space to sell items, for $20. Call Vicki McIntyre at (770) 471-8550.

Nov. 12

Clayton County Parks and Recreation, and the Clayton County Convention and Visitors Bureau will present a free, "Quality of Live" program, on Nov. 12, from 8 a.m., to noon, at Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138, Jonesboro. The program will include a tour of Clayton County's community parks, tennis complex, bike trails and nature centers. Participants will also learn about the many attractions that draw thousands of visitors to Clayton County each year. Breakfast will be provided by Chik-fil-A's Jonesboro Dwarf House. Call Lindsey DeLong, at (770) 603-4005.

The Arts Clayton Gallery will have a "Mistletoe and Merlot Holiday Wine Tasting," on Nov. 12, from 6 p.m., to 9 p.m., at the gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Admission is $20 per person. The event is presented in partnership with the Highway 138 Package Store. Call (770) 473-5457.

Nov. 13, Nov. 21, Dec. 5, Dec. 11, Dec. 19

Arts Clayton will have a "Handmade Holiday," on Nov. 13, Nov. 21, Dec. 5, Dec. 11 and Dec. 19, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Families and children will be able to create hand-made, holiday gifts. The cost: $5 per person. Call (770) 473-5457.

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.

Nov. 21, Dec. 5, Dec. 19

The Arts Clayton Gallery will have, "Santa Saturdays," on Nov. 21, Dec. 5 and Dec.19, from 11 a.m., to 3 p.m., at the gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Families and pets are welcome to take a picture with Santa Clause. Call (770) 473-5457.

Dec. 5

Arts Clayton will have its free, "Annual Arts Clayton Holiday Party," on Dec. 5, from 5:30 p.m., to 7:30 p.m., at the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Participants will be able to socialize and enjoy art. Call (770) 473-5457.

Dec. 12

The Arts Clayton Gallery will present its free first, "Jewelry Show Trunk and Sale," on Dec. 12, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Participants will be able to speak to jewelry artisans about their collections, see demonstrations, and have an opportunity to purchase pieces. Call (770) 473-5457.

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. To request a speaker, or for more information, call (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. Call 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.