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Datebook - Sept. 23, 2009

Today

The Chick-fil-A Jonesboro Dwarf House will be hosting a fund-raiser today, from 11:30 a.m., to 6:30 p.m., at the Jonesboro Dwarf House, 7348 Tara Blvd. The funds will go to the Clayton County Department of Family and Children Services, to support the "Every Day is Father's Day" event on Oct. 25. For more details, contact the Jonesboro Dwarf House at (770) 478-1595.

FEPCO Container, Inc., will host its FEPCO Golf Tournament today, at 9 a.m., at Lake Spivey Golf Club, 8255 Club House Way, Jonesboro. The event will benefit disadvantaged children, and missions at home and abroad, through FEPCO Container, Incorporated's partnership with Fairview Baptist Church; New Directions International, ALR of Georgia; and Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 714 Atlanta. The cost is $500 per team. Contact Paula Smith at (770)480-6627, or Wayne Smith at (770) 480-6626.

Today-Friday

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 library, 865 Battlecreek Rd., 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. 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 West Peachtree St. N.W., 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

The Clayton County Republicans will hold a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m., at the community room of Morrow City Hall, 1500 Morrow Road. 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 Thursday, 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.

Saturday

Arts Clayton, will conduct a free "Grassroots Arts Program" workshop, on Saturday, 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.

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. 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. Call (404) 765-3985.

Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc. will host their annual barbecue, on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Clayton County History Center/Old Jail, on King Street, Jonesboro. Tickets are $6 per person, and are available for purchase, at the Juddy Store, at the Stately Oaks Plantation, 100 Carriage Lane at Jodeco Road, Jonesboro. Participants will have an opportunity to purchase a copy of a book entitled, "Historic Clayton County," by Kathryn Kemp, assistant professor of history at Clayton State University. For more details, call (770) 473-0197.

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. Call (770) 603-5606.

Oct. 5-Nov.9

The Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties, Inc., will host genealogy classes, every Monday night, from Oct. 5, to 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. Patrons should send their checks, which must contain their name, phone number, e-mail address and their class selections by Oct. 2. Checks must be payable to the Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties, Inc., and mailed to, P.O. Box 1296, McDonough, Ga. 30253. For more details, contact Jim Sherling, at (770) 478-4514, or e-mail him at sherling1@aol.com.

Oct. 10

The City of Lovejoy will have its free, "PINK RIBBON Breakfast," on Oct. 10, from 9 a.m., to noon, at the Lovejoy Community Center, 11622 Hastings Bridge Road, Hampton. This event will raise awareness of early detection, and encourage women to get their annual breast examinations. Participants must pre-register to attend the event. For more details, contact Kim McNair, at (770) 707-2161.

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 for children. Contact the Chamber 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. Admission is $5 per adult. Children 12, 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 the Southwood Medical Center, 2400 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. The flu shots will be free for all Kaiser Permanente members. Non-members, who are caregivers or household contacts of a member who is at high risk for the flu, may also receive flu shots, for a cost of $20. Contact Kaiser Permanente at (404) 365-0966.

Oct. 22

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 Oct. 22. Participants must provide a $20 donation. To reserve space, or for more details, call (770) 775-6798.

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 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. For more details, contact Burt Knowles at (678) 272-2958, or visit www.fphsreunion.com.

Ongoing

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.

For more details, 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 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. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at (770) 631-0625, or e-mail Lisa Cockerham, at Lisa.Cockerham@cancer.org.

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.