Datebook - Sept. 16, 2009



The Conservation Stewardship Program's enrollment period will be open until Thursday, Sept. 17. Applicants must be farm operators who are recorded in 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.


The University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service 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 Saturday, Sept. 19. Call (770) 473-5434 for more details.

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. Contact Dianne Moore 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., in its main 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. Contact the 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. 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.

Thursday, Tuesday, Sept. 26

Arts Clayton, will conduct three remaining free "Grassroots Arts Program" workshops: Thursday, Sept. 17 at 1:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 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, or call Sara Cookson at (770) 473-5775.


The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert on Friday, 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.


Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars will conduct performances on Friday, Sept. 18 at 4:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 19 at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 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. Contact Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars at 1(800) 796-5672, or visit www.gotothecircus.com.


The Genealogical Society of Clayton and Henry Counties, Inc., will meet on Saturday, 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. Call Jo Anne Miller at (770) 957-4740.

The Alzheimer's Services Center will present a grand spa day on Saturday, 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. Contact the Alzheimer's Services Center at (770) 603-4090.

The City of Riverdale will host the Riverdale World Fest 2009 on Saturday, 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. Contact the City of Riverdale at (770) 997-8989.

The Clayton County Republicans will hold a meeting, on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 11:15 a.m., to 1 p.m., at the community room of the Clayton County Police Headquarters, 7911 North McDonough St., Jonesboro. The guest speakers include Melvin Everson, candidate for Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor; Stephen Northington, candidate for Commissioner of Georgia Department of Insurance; Sonja Sleper, candidate for the 13th Congressional seat, and Shawn James, candidate for State House District 75. Contact Della Ashley, at (770) 472-1518.

Joseph Skillin, author, of the book entitled, "Confessions of a Caregiver: When Alzheimer's Comes to Your Home," will have a book signing, on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m., to 1 p.m., at Carestone at Mount Zion, 7493 Mount Zion Blvd., Jonesboro. Contact Carestone at Mount Zion, at (770) 210-6433.

There will be an, "U.S. Army Family Readiness Group Giant Yard Sale & Can Food Drive," on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., at the parking lot of Stately Oaks Plantation, 100 Carriage Drive at Jodeco Road, Jonesboro. The event will benefit the families of soldiers who are deployed in Iraq. Contact Maj. Queen Blakley, at Fort McPherson, at (678) 358-6516.


The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host the Heritage Cadillac Invitational on Tuesday, 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. 24

The Clayton County Republicans will hold a meeting, on Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m., at the community room of Morrow City Hall, 1500 Morrow Road, Morrow. The guest speaker will be John Oxendine, candidate for governor of the state of Georgia. Contact Della Ashley, at (770) 472-1518.

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host its, "SunTrust Early Bird Breakfast," on Sept. 24, at 7:45 a.m., at the Oakwood Cafe, at the Farmers Market, 16 Forest Parkway, Building one, Forest Park. The topic of the event will be, "Tri-State Water Ruling: Statewide, Regional and Local Impact." The guest speakers will include, Katie Kirkpatrick, vice president of Environmental Policy for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and Mike Thomas, general manager of the Clayton County Water Authority. The cost of the event will be $15 for members, and $25 for non-members. Reservations are required. Call 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. 1

The Clayton County Soil and Water Conservation District, will conduct its monthly meeting, on Oct. 1, at 11 a.m., at The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service in Clayton County, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. Call (770) 761-3020.

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. 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.

The Clayton County Water Authority will host the, "Newman Wetlands Center's 10th Annual Wetlands and Watershed Festival," on Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Newman Wetlands Center, 2755 Freeman Road, Hampton. The event is free, and will focus on educating the public on wetlands and watersheds. Many environmental agencies will be present with exhibits and materials. Contact the Water Authority at (770) 603-5606.

Oct. 9-10

The United Methodist Children's Home, will have a "United Methodist Children's Home Auxiliary Flea Market and Bake Sale," Oct. 9th and 10th, from 9 a.m,. to 4 p.m., at The United Methodist Children's Home, 500 South Columbia Drive, Decatur. Items such as furniture, books, clothes, kitchen supplies and appliances, jewelry, toys and Christmas decorations will be sold. Proceeds will help the residents of The United Methodist Children's Home. Contact the home at (404) 327-5820.

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 exposition 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 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.

The Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum will host its annual, "Atlanta Airline Collectibles Show & Sale," on Oct. 17, from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum, 1060 Delta Blvd., Building B, Department 914, Atlanta. Vendors will be selling items related to aviation, such as airplane seats, aircraft models and playing cards. Patrons will be able to tour the aircraft and exhibits displayed in the museum. The admission cost, for the event, is $5 per adult. Children 12 years of age, and under, are free, if accompanied by a paying adult. Call the Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum, at (404) 773-1219, or visit www.deltamuseum.org.

Kaiser Permanente will have a "Flu Shot Saturday," on, Oct. 17, from 8:30 a.m., to 12:30 p.m., at Kaiser Permanente at the Southwood Medical Center, 2400 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. The flu shots will be free for all Kaiser Permanente members. Non-members, who are a caregiver or household contact of a member who is at high risk for the flu, may also receive flu shots, for a cost of $20. No appointments, or co-payments are required. For more details, contact Kaiser Permanente, at (404) 365-0966.

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 non-profit organizations. Contact Glanton at (678) 479-7730, or Baskin at (770) 477-3311.

Oct. 24

Forest Park High School will have a, "Brunch Multi-Class Reunion '72, '73, '74 and '75," on 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 Multi-Class Reunion '72, '73, '74 and '75," 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, and be 21 years of age, or older. For more information, contact Burt Knowles at (678) 272-2958, or visit www.fphsreunion.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.