Annual Tomato Sandwich Party this Saturday

The vocal talents of Board of Commissioners Chairman Eldrin Bell will headline the Good Shepherd Clinic's eighth annual Tomato Sandwich Party.

The annual fund-raiser for the county's only free primary-care clinic for the uninsured will take place Saturday, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Morrow Center, located at 1180 Southlake Circle, Suite 100, in Morrow.

According to organizers, a minimum donation of $10 per person at the door will entitle diners to a variety of food and drink, a make-your-own, tomato-sandwich station, a pickle bar, desserts, and entertainment.

Entertainers scheduled to perform include: Vocalist Eldrin Bell; The Jonesmen Quartet; trombonist Paul Aday; and pianist Hugh Waddy.

According to L.C. Thomas, chairman of the Good Shepherd Clinic Board of Directors, the clinic saw only 590 patients in its first year of operation, compared to 2,452 patients in 2009.

This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the clinic, which has been largely supported by the success of the Tomato Sandwich Party, which raised more than $40,000 for the clinic last year, he said.

For more information about the Tomato Sandwich Party, call the Good Shepherd Clinic at (770) 968-1310, or e-mail

National artists headline 'Praise in the Park'

More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the second annual "Praise in the Park" event, scheduled for this Saturday at Clayton County International Park.

The day-long, free gospel concert, co-hosted by the Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department and Praise 102.5 FM, will feature nationally and internationally known recording artists, including: Smokie Norful; Brian Courtney Wilson; Vashawn Mitchell; Melvin Williams; Byron Cage; J. Moss; Regina Belle; Wess Morgan; Canton Jones; Maurette Brown Clark; Darlene McCoy; James Fortune & FIYA; and Lisa Page Brooks.

According to Clayton County International Park Administrator Troy Stubbs, the concert will take place in the stadium of the park's VIP Complex, from 2 to 8 p.m. Doors will open at noon, he said, and a JumboTron screen will be provided for fans unable to find seating inside the stadium.

A day full of family-friendly events will take place at the park on Saturday alongside the concert, according to Stubbs:

* A two-mile "Praise Walk," led by Clayton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Eldrin Bell will start at 8 a.m., with registration taking place from 7 to 7:45 a.m., in the park's Nassau Building.

* A Family Fishing Tournament will take place from 9 a.m., to noon at Clayton County International Park's Upper Lake, which will focus on teaching youths how to fish.

* From 1 to 4 p.m., the Clayton County Tennis Complex, located inside the park, will host a "Tennis Clinic" for children, ages 8 to 15, teaching young people the basics of tennis.

Parking for the concert is $5, which gives park visitors free access to all of the day's activities, with the exception of "The Beach." The first 200 people to register for the "Praise Walk" will receive free entry, that day, to "The Beach," according to park officials. For more information, call (770) 477-3766.

Free homebuyer education seminars this month

Metro Fair Housing Services, Inc., is hosting a series of free Homebuyer Education Seminars every Saturday of this month for those contemplating purchasing a home.

The first of four seminars will take place this Saturday, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., at the Clayton County Headquarters Library, located at 865 Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro.

"It's just to explain the process of home-purchasing," said Metro Fair Housing Services, Inc., Office Manager Sharon Tonge.

"One of the requirements that [some] mortgage companies have is that you attend a homebuyer education seminar," she said. "It teaches them about maintenance of the home. We will have a realtor, a mortgage loan officer, a home inspector, and an insurance agent come in and tell them what to look for, and what to expect."

Tonge said the seminars will count toward education hours required for homebuyers applying for down payment assistance through the Clayton County Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

Other seminars this month will take place from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., on Aug. 14, 21, and 28 at the Clayton County Housing & Community Development Department building, located at 1671 Adamson Parkway, Suite 101, in Morrow.

For more information, call (404) 765-3940.

-- Joel Hall