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Datebook - Sept. 9, 2009

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Sept. 17

The Conservation Stewardship Program's enrollment period will be open until Sept. 17. Applicants must be farm operators who are recorded on the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency records, have documented control of the land, are in compliance with wetland and highly erodible land provisions, and supply the necessary information to complete the application and ranking process. Persons, entities, corporations and American Indian tribes are eligible for the program. The Conservation Stewardship Program encourages producers to address resource concerns on their farms in a comprehensive manner. Call the Natural Resources Conservation Service at (770) 957-5705.

Today-Sept. 19

The University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service Clayton County is hosting its Clayton County Extension Farmers Market every Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Cooperative Extension's parking lot, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. The farmers market ends Sept. 19. Call (770) 473-5434 for more details, or to reserve a seat for the food-preservation class.

Today-Sept. 25

Participants may register through Sept. 25 for the annual "City of Forest Park/Forest Park Dwarf House 5K Fun Run/Walk," which will be held Sept. 26 at 8:30 a.m., in Starr Park, 803 Forest Parkway, Forest Park. The "Kiddie Run," for children ages 8 and under, will begin at 8 a.m. Entry fees are $10 for senior citizens, $15 in advance and $20 the day of the race. Contact Michael Morris, Sr., at (404) 363-2908.

Today-Sept. 30

Throughout the month of September, the Clayton County Headquarters Library will display items from the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrating the U.S. Constitution and art work by Jerome Lawrence. The items will be on display Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m., to 9 p.m.; Fridays from 9 a.m., to 6 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battlecreek Road, Jonesboro. For more details, contact Dianne Moore, assistant circulation supervisor for the Clayton County Headquarters Library, at (770) 473-3850, or e-mail her at dmoore@claytonpl.org.

Today-Oct. 3

The Arts Clayton Gallery will exhibit "The Georgia Watercolor Society 30th Annual Members' Exhibition," until Oct. 3, Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the main gallery of the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. On Sept. 19, Judi Betts, judge of the exhibition, will present a demonstration to members from 4 to 5 p.m., which will be followed by the artist celebration and awards presentation from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event is free for the public. For more details, contact the Arts Clayton Gallery at (770) 473-5457.

Today-Oct. 5

Arts Clayton is accepting applications for the "Grassroots Arts Program" for fiscal year 2010. The deadline is Oct. 5, at 4 p.m. The statewide program encourages local collaborations among artists, art organizations and non-art organizations, in order to serve a broad range of Georgia residents. Funding for art projects is open to non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations, or units of local government. Counties eligible to submit applications to Arts Clayton include Clayton, Butts, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Newton, Rockdale and Spalding. For more details, contact Sara Cookson at (770) 473-5775.

Today-Oct. 30

The Georgia Department of Transportation is accepting applications for the 2009 "GATEway Grant" program. The deadline is Oct. 30. Applicants should mail the application to the Georgia Department of Transportation Landscape Architecture Section, 600 W. Peachtree St. NW, 10th floor, Atlanta. The grant is used toward purchasing and installing plant material on state routes in community landscape projects located on public roads. Applicants who are eligible to apply for a grant of up to $50,000 include any organization, local government, or state agency. Applicants can submit questions to landscape@dot.ga.gov, or call the Georgia Department of Transportation at (404) 631-1397.

Today, Sept. 15, 17, 22, 26

Arts Clayton, will conduct six free "Grassroots Arts Program" workshops: today at 5:30 p.m.; Sept. 15 at 10 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.; Sept. 17 at 1:30 p.m.; Sept. 22 at 10 a.m.; and Sept. 26 at 10 a.m., at Arts Clayton, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. The workshop will clarify the grant-writing process for those interested in applying for the Grassroots Arts Program for the 2010 fiscal year. All applicants, especially first-time applicants, should pre-register to the attend the workshop. Participants should e-mail artline@artsclayton.org, and include information such as name, organization, contact information and a workshop date, or call Sara Cookson, program and event coordinator for Arts Clayton, at (770) 473-5775.

Friday

The Mike Stokely Foundation, Inc., will be collecting donations for the "Wounded Warrior SFC Mark Allen Fund," on Friday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m., to 8 p.m., at Chick-fil-A's Hapeville Dwarf House, 461 Central Ave., Hapeville. Sgt. 1st Class Mark Allen, of the U.S. Army, was seriously wounded in Afghanistan, on July 8, and suffered traumatic brain injury. The funds will assist the Allen family during their difficult time. The Mike Stokely Foundation, Inc., was established in memory of Sgt. Mike Stokely, of the U.S. Army, who was killed in action, on Aug. 16, 2005. For more details, contact the Mike Stokely Foundation, Inc., at (678) 416-1387, or the Hapeville Dwarf House, at (404) 762-1746.

Friday-Sunday

The Atlanta Mass Choir will hold its statewide auditions Friday through Sunday, Sept. 11-13 at The Beach at Clayton County International Park, 2300 Ga. Highway 138, Jonesboro. The non-denominational choir will be composed of singers, praise dancers and steppers. Call Carla Jordan at (678) 896-5105, or e-mail her at carlaowens911@aol.com.

Saturday

Six gardens will host the Atlanta Audubon Society Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Tour on Saturday from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m., at tour sites in Fayetteville and Peachtree City. Tickets are available for advance purchase for $12, or on the day of the tour for $15. Children 12 years of age and under are admitted free, with adult supervision. For more details, call (678) 973-2437.

The National Museum of Commercial Aviation will host a grand re-opening celebration on Saturday from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at 5442 Frontage Road, Suite 110, Forest Park. There will be family activities such as scavenger hunts, simulator rides and story time. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults, and $2 for children 12 years of age and under. Admission includes a cookout lunch. There will be a free door prize for the first 100 guests. Contact the National Museum of Commercial Aviation at (404) 675-9266.

Free First Time Home Buying Seminar. If you are a first-time home buyer, considering purchasing a home, and would like more information about the process, then the free, "This Home is For You" home-buying seminar is what you are looking for. Saturday, Sept, 12, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Steve Lundquist Aquatic Center, at 7905 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro. To register, go to www.thishomeisforyou.net, and you will be sent a FREE Home Buyers Guide just for signing up.

Sept. 18

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m., at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. For tickets, or additional information, contact the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center at (770) 473-2875.

Sept. 18-20

Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars will conduct performances on Sept. 18 at 4:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 19 at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.; and Sept. 20 at 1:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m., at Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Tara Place, Hampton. Children 12 years of age and under will be able to attend the circus for free, and obtain their tickets by visiting www.freekidstickets.com. Adult admission will be $12, if purchased in advance, or $17 at the door. Patrons are able to buy their tickets in advanced by calling 1(888)332-5200, by visiting www.tickets.com, or at the Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars box office, which is open from 10 a.m., to 8:30 p.m., on show days. For more details, contact Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars at 1(800) 796-5672, or visit www.gotothecircus.com.

Sept. 19

The Genealogical Society of Clayton and Henry Counties, Inc., will meet on Sept. 19 at 10 a.m., at the National Archives building in Morrow, 5780 Jonesboro Road. The guest speaker for the meeting will be Charles Andrews, who will discuss "Understanding Old Plats." The meeting is open to the public. For more details, call Jo Anne Miller at (770) 957-4740.

The Alzheimer's Services Center will present a grand spa day on Sept. 19 from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., at the Alzheimer's Services Center, 6701 Ga. Highway 85, Riverdale. This is a fund-raising event with a goal of raising money so the center will be able to continue services to its clients. The cost to participate is $30 and includes a skin analysis, facial, hand treatment and a deep-tissue back massage. For more details, contact the Alzheimer's Services Center at (770) 603-4090.

The City of Riverdale will host the Riverdale World Fest 2009 on Sept. 19 from 10 a.m., to 10 p.m., at City Hall, 6690 Church St., Riverdale. The event is free and will include special performances throughout the day representing various cultures in the area. Vendors will introduce guests to different varieties of food, arts and crafts. Contact the City of Riverdale at (770) 997-8989.

Sept. 22

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host the Heritage Cadillac Invitational on Sept. 22 at 11 a.m., at the River Forest Golf and Country Club, 1 Clubhouse Drive, Forsyth. Heritage Cadillac of Morrow is the title sponsor. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Contact the Chamber at (678) 610-4021.

Sept. 26

Grande L Farms, at 11760 Panhandle Road, Hampton, will host an open house on Sept. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free for the community in Clayton and Henry counties, and will celebrate the Morgan horse. For more details, contact Marianne Martin of Grande L Farms at (770) 471-3712.

Metro Fair Housing Services, Inc., will host a "First Time Homebuyer Seminar" on Sept. 26 from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the Clayton County Library System Riverdale Branch, 420 Valley Hill Road, Riverdale. Contact Metro Fair Housing Services, Inc., at (404) 765-3985.

Oct. 3

The Clayton County Humane Society will host its fall 2009 "Mega Yard Sale" on Oct. 3 from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m., at Jonesboro High School, 7728 Mt. Zion Blvd. The group is accepting donations for the yard sale, excluding clothing (other than infant clothing), mattresses and box springs, washing machines and refrigerators (other than dorm size). Local pick up of large items can be arranged, but must be done before Sept. 28. For more details, call (404) 630-8515 or (404) 432-9986.

Morrow High School's class of 1979 will have a 30-year reunion on Oct. 3 from 8 p.m., to 1 a.m., at the Pilgreen's On Lake Dow, 1720 Lake Dow Road, McDonough. The "pre-reunion happy hour" will begin at 7 p.m. The event will include hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The Doc Driver band will play throughout the evening. For details, e-mail valiani@hotmail.com, or cmoye1124@gmail.com.

Oct. 15

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host "The 4th Annual Showcase Clayton" on Oct. 15 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the community center of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 7102 Mt. Zion Blvd., Jonesboro. The event will provide opportunities for businesses to exhibit their products and services, and network with the public. The expo will also include a zone with entertainment just for children. For more details, contact the Chamber of Commerce at (678) 610-4021.

Oct. 17

The City of Forest Park Recreation & Leisure Services will hold its Autumn in the Park festival on Oct. 17 from 10:30 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., at Starr Park. Admission to the festival is free. Organizers are looking for vendors to provide games, arts and crafts, plants, jewelry, books and other items. No flea market items will be accepted. For more details, call (404) 363- 2908.

Oct. 23

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 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 nonprofit organizations. For more details on sponsoring opportunities, and team registration, contact Glanton at (678) 479-7730 or Baskin at (770) 477-3311.

Ongoing

An Alzheimer's support group meets every fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 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. Contact 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 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., at a new location, the Ramada Atlanta Airport Conference Center, 1380 Virginia Ave., Atlanta. Call (770) 205-9606.

Clayton County Republicans will meet on the last Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at various locations. Contact Della Ashley at (770) 472-1518, or visit www.claytoncountyrepublicans.org.

The Brookdale Dine and Dance Club meets most Fridays 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 seniors will dance at 6:45 p.m. The cost for dancing is $5. Contact Deloris Schaffer at (770) 477-7043, or Don Woodard at (678) 665-6163.

The Arts Clayton Gallery hosts "Family Art Saturday-Saturday Spark" every third Saturday of the month, between 10 a.m., and 4 p.m., at the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Families will be able to create an art project related to the month's exhibition theme. The cost per project is $5. Contact Arts Clayton 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.