The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will have its "SunTrust Early Bird Breakfast," on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7:45 a.m., at the Continuing Education Building of Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The keynote speakers will be officials from the Clayton County Legislative Delegation. Tickets are $15 for members and member-guests, and $25 for non-members. Call (678) 610-4021.
The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department, and Rainbow House, Inc., will present "The 8th Annual Festival of Trees and Lights," from Friday, Dec. 3, through Dec. 19, from 6:30, to 9:30 p.m., at Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138 S.E., Jonesboro. Tours will occur Tuesdays through Fridays. Activities will be added to the tours Fridays through Sundays, including photos with Santa. Call (770) 477-3766.
Grassroots Hands on Clayton will host its free "Grassroots Hands on Clayton Empowerment" event, on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at Mundy's Mill High School, 9652 Fayetteville Rd., Jonesboro. Visit, www.claytongaempowerment.org.
The Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra will present a "Christmas Classics" concert on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Public Schools Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mount Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. The orchestra will be joined the Atlanta Festival Ballet from selected works of the Nutcracker ballet. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for senior citizens and students. Call (404) 981-7276.
Ladies of Favor Mentoring Program will present its annual "Mother-Daughter Tea," on Saturday, Dec. 4, from noon, to 2 p.m., at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, 3499 Rex Road, Rex. Daughters and mothers will celebrate the free event in fellowship. It will include food and activities. Call (770) 472-8042.
There will be a sneak peak of "The Nutcracker" on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m., at Barnes & Noble, 1939 Mt. Zion Road, Morrow, featuring The Atlanta Festival Ballet. Call (770) 471-2227.
There will be a "Jubilant Sykes" performance on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 8:15 p.m., at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. Sykes, an American baritone and Grammy Award nominee, will sing. Tickets are $50. Contact the Spivey Hall Box Office, at (678) 466-4200.
The Clayton County Board of Health-Health Express Flu Clinic will be offering a flu vaccination promotion during National Influenza Vaccination Week, from Monday, Dec. 6, through Dec. 10, from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m., at Clayton County Board of Health, 1117 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. No appointment is necessary. Flu shots will be offered at half price, for $10. Medicare, state-employed Cigna and United Healthcare will be accepted. Call (678) 610-7369.
The Clayton County Library System will have a free "Breakfast with Mrs. Claus" event, on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m., at the Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battlecreek Road, Jonesboro. Mrs. Clause will read some holiday stories. A light breakfast will be served. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Call Bea Mengel, at (770) 473-3850.
The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host a "Holiday BASH (Business and Social Hour)," on Dec. 9, from 5:30 p.m., to 7:30 p.m., at Pin Strikes Bowling and Laser Tag Entertainment Center, 3478 Mt. Zion Rd., Stockbridge. The event will be free for chamber members and member-guests, and $15 for non-members. Call (678) 610-4021.
The Adoptive and Foster Parent Association of Clayton County, Inc., is accepting reservations for "The Uptown Winter Dance Affair," until Dec. 10. The dance will occur on Dec. 17, from 7, to 11 p.m., at The Morrow Center, 1180 Southlake Circle, Suite 100, Morrow. Participants are to dress in formal attire, in colors including purple and silver. Cocktail wear is also allowed. Participants are asked to make a $25 donation at the event. Child care will be provided the Division of Family and Children Services. Contact Jane Leonard, at (770) 477-7827.
There will be a free "Yule Log Celebration," on Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., at W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve, 5665 Reynolds Road, Morrow. A shuttle service will be provided from Babb Middle School, 5500 Reynolds Road, Jonesboro. Call (770) 477-3766.
The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host its "IBM Southeast Employees' Federal Credit Union Business to Business Luncheon," on Dec. 13, at 11:30 a.m., at the second floor of the Activities Center, at The Palms at Lake Spivey, 8080 Summit Business Parkway, Jonesboro. The topic of the event will be entitled, "Collaboration Strategies to Receive Grants for Nonprofits." The cost is $15 for members and member-guests, and $25 for non-members. Call (678) 610-4021.
The Clayton State University Small Business Development Center will be holding a free "Opening a Business in the New Year" course on Dec. 13, from 10 a.m., to noon, in the conference room of Allan Vigil Ford Lincoln Mercury, 6790 Mt. Zion Blvd., Morrow. The course will educate people who are interested in owning a business. To register online visit, www.business.clayton.edu/sbdc. Call (678) 466-5100, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until Dec. 12
The Douglas Brothers Foundation, Inc., is accepting gift registration and photograph waiver forms, for its "Annual Holiday Treat Festival" until Dec. 12. Both the gift registration and the photograph waiver forms should be mailed to The Douglas Brothers Foundation, Inc., 7193 Jonesboro Road, Suite 202A, Morrow. Participants, who complete the forms, will receive a gift during the event, on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will occur on Dec. 21, from 3 to 6:30 p.m., at the gymnasium of Jonesboro High School, 7728 Mt. Zion Blvd., Jonesboro, and will include a hot meal, clothes, haircuts and health screenings. Call (770) 960-7770.
Dec. 14-Dec. 21
There will be a "Scholastic Buy One/Get One (BOGO) Book Fair," from Dec. 14, through Dec. 21, at the Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battlecreek Road, Jonesboro. The time of the book fair varies from day to day. Contact Janice Arcuria, at (770) 473-3850.
Until Dec. 15
The Literacy For Youth Foundation is accepting donations for its clothing and food drive, until Dec. 15. The Jonesboro non-profit organization is accepting items such as clothes, shoes and toys to benefit the "7 Bridges to Recovery" ministry. The ministry will distribute the items to needy individuals. Donations can be dropped off at the Literacy For Youth Foundation, 124 South Main St., Suite 1M, Jonesboro. Monetary donations will be accepted online, at www.literacy4youth.org. Contact D. Shun Collins, at (404) 454-3058.
Sisters of Jade, Inc., and Positive Press PR present, "Women's Awareness and Self-Defense," on Dec. 16, from 6:30, to 8:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Police Department Headquarters Building, 7911 North McDonough St., Jonesboro. The cost is $15, which will benefit Sisters of Jade, a Jonesboro non-profit organization. Individuals must RSVP due to space limitations. Call (770) 471-9161.
Until Dec. 24
Kroger's Atlanta Division will support The Salvation Army's annual "Red Kettle Drive," until Dec. 24, at local Kroger stores. The bell ringers will be on hand with the red kettles to collect funds that will provide toys for needy children, meals for the hungry, coats for the homeless, and assist communities facing natural disasters.
Jan. 8, April 2, May 7
The Clayton County Library System, in partnership with The Decorum Group, Inc., will have a "Poised Youth Program Children's Etiquette Training, on Jan. 8, April 2, and May 7; from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m., at the Clayton County Morrow Branch Library, 6225 Maddox Road, Morrow. The training will elaborate on a variety of topics, including proper introductions, social interaction and dining with elegance. It is for children, ages 6 to 11. Call (404) 704-2197.
Spivey Hall at Clayton State University will have a "Little Red Riding Hood Meets the Brass Family," concert, on Jan. 10, at 9:45 a.m., and 11:15 a.m., at Spivey Hall, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The Philos Brass Quintet will present the educational program. The concert is geared for children in third-through-eighth grades. Tickets are $1. Call (678) 466-4200.
The American Cancer Society wants volunteers for its "Look Good, Feel Better" program for cancer patients in Clayton, Coweta, Fayette and Henry counties. The goal is to help women undergoing cancer treatment, in coping with their appearance. If you are a licensed cosmetologist and want to volunteer, call Lisa Cockerham at (770) 631-0625.
An Alzheimer's Support Group meets every fourth Thursday of the month, from 6:30 p.m., to 8 p.m., at the GoldenCrest Assisted Living Residence, 2160 Lake Harbin Rd., Morrow. Call Gery Saunders, at (770) 961-2200.
The Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau is offering two tour specials. Individuals can sign up for the "Birthday Tour," anytime during the month of their birthday. The tour includes the Road to Tara Museum, the "Southern Belles and Whistles Tour" and Stately Oaks Plantation, for $29.95 per person. The "Anniversary Tour," can be scheduled anytime during the month of a couple's anniversary. For $59, the tour will include activities included in the "Birthday Tour," as well as, Commemorative Wine Glasses and a Special Language of the Fan Set, a gift offered as part of the tour package. The hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays, from 8:30 a.m., to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., and it's located at 104 North Main St., Jonesboro. Call (770) 478-4800.
The Atlanta Airport Rotary Club holds weekly meetings on Fridays, from 11:30 a.m., to 1:30 p.m., at the Ramada Atlanta Airport Conference Center, 1380 Virginia Ave., Atlanta. Call (404) 295-1067.
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 of age, or older, and should bring a plate of food. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., with 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.
The Southern Crescent Sexual Assault Center will host a support group for survivors of sexual assault every first and third Tuesday of the month, for 12- to 18-year-olds, and every second and fourth Tuesday, for ages 18 and up. All sessions are free of charge and confidential. For directions and more details, call (770) 603-4045.
The AARP Riverdale Chapter 4409 meets the third Thursday of each month, at 10 a.m., at the Frank Bailey Senior Center, 6213 Riverdale Road., Call Gloria Jenkins at (678) 654-6381.
The Kiwanis Club of Riverdale meets every first and second Thursday of the month, at 6 p.m., at IHOP No. 481, 722 Highway 138, Riverdale. Call Gloria Jenkins at (678) 654-6381.
The Everett Music School is conducting its after-school program for elementary and middle school students in a new location, at the campus of Emmanuel Baptist Church, 230 Highway 138 S.W., Riverdale. Call (404) 707-4447, or visit www.emusicschool.org.
The Miracle Happens Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday of the month, at 7 p.m., at the Educational Center of Southern Regional Health Systems, 11 Upper Riverdale Rd., Riverdale. Call Georgia Price, at (770) 991-5286, or Pat Buice, at (678) 773-4930.
Securus House conducts a Survivors of Domestic Violence Support Group, every other Wednesday, from 6:15 p.m., to 7:45 p.m. Call (770) 961-7233.
A cancer support group meets the first Saturday of every month, at 11 a.m., in the Recreation Outreach Center (ROC), of the First Baptist Church, Jonesboro, 147 Church St., Jonesboro. Contact Joyce Medin at (770) 478-6710. Also, a sewing ministry meets weekly, on Monday, from 1 p.m., to 3 p.m., at the international building of the church. Participants will create items such as breast pillows for breast cancer patients, and throws, covers and hats for the Rainbow House. Call Joyce Medin, at (770) 478-6710.
The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department has a free "Teen Club Program," at local recreation centers. Teens will participate in activities such as card tournaments, college tours and game-room events. The program will be provided the second Friday of each month, from 6:30 p.m., to 7:30 p.m., at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, 3499 Rex Road, Rex; every second Tuesday, at 6 p.m., at the Jim Huie Recreation Center, 9045 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro; and every second Friday, at 6 p.m., at the Virginia Burton Gray Recreation Center, 1475 East Fayetteville Road, Riverdale. Call (770) 473-5425.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Club, Inc., meets every Thursday, at 10 a.m., at the First Christian Church of Morrow, 6475 Mount Zion Blvd., Morrow. Call (404) 563-2577.
District 3-3 (Clayton) is in search of volunteers, for its "Public Health Volunteer Program." The community-based program functions as a way to locally organize volunteers, so they may assist in preparing for, and responding to, emergencies and disasters. Call (678) 610-7468.
The Clayton County Republicans meet the last Thursday of the month, at 7 p.m., at various locations. Contact Della Ashley, at (770) 472-1518.
Ladies of Favor, Inc., a Jonesboro non-profit organization, is looking for young girls attending middle school and high school to join its mentoring program. The organization is also in search of mentors and volunteers who are talented in areas such as fund-raising, marketing and community service. Call (404) 246-6385.
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