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Clayton County Chamber to hold Holiday BASH

Thursday

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host a "Holiday BASH (Business and Social Hour)," on Thursday, 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. The chamber will also have its free "New Member Orientation" for new chamber members and those interested in joining, from 4, to 5 p.m., at the Stockbridge bowling facility. Advanced registration is required. Call (678) 610-4021.

Until Friday

The Adoptive and Foster Parent Association of Clayton County, Inc., is accepting reservations for "The Uptown Winter Dance Affair," until Friday, 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. Child care will be provided by the Division of Family and Children Services. Contact Jane Leonard, at (770) 477-7827.

Friday

There will be a free "Yule Log Celebration," on Friday, 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.

Saturday

AMC Entertainment, Inc., and the Autism Society of America have partnered to bring a showing of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," through Sensory Friendly Films, on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m., at AMC Southlake 24, 7065 Mt. Zion Circle., Morrow. The showing is geared for families affected by autism and other disabilities. Call (770) 473-0719.

Arts Clayton will present "Santa Saturdays," on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Children will be able to take pictures with Santa Clause. Individual photos, digital images and packages are available. Prices vary. The "Handmade Holiday" event will be occurring simultaneously. Children and families will be able to create handmade gifts for the holidays. The cost is $5 per project. Call (770) 473-5457.

Until Sunday

The Douglas Brothers Foundation, Inc., is accepting gift registration and photograph waiver forms, for its "Annual Holiday Treat Festival" until Sunday, 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.

Monday

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host its "IBM Southeast Employees' Federal Credit Union Business to Business Luncheon," on Monday, 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: "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 Monday, 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 asegal@georgiasbdc.org.

Tuesday-Dec. 21

There will be a "Scholastic Buy One/Get One (BOGO) Book Fair," from Tuesday, 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.

Dec. 16

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. 18

Arts Clayton will have its annual "Mistletoe Market," until Dec. 18, Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. The market has jewelry, glass, ceramics, wood, fiber art, drawings and other items for sale. Call (770) 473-5457.

Arts Clayton will be showcasing its free "Circle of Life" exhibit until Dec. 18, Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Exhibiting artists are displaying the theme through their artwork. Call (770) 473-5457.

Arts Clayton will have its annual "Jewelry Truck Show & Sale," on Dec. 18, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Jewelry artisans will be selling their pieces during the event. Refreshments will be provided. Call (770) 473-5457.

Until Dec. 19

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department, and Rainbow House, Inc., will present "The 8th Annual Festival of Trees and Lights," until 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.

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.

Jan. 10

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.

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.