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Women's awareness and self-defense class Thursday

Today

The Literacy For Youth Foundation is accepting donations for its clothing and food drive, on Wednesday, 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.

Thursday

Sisters of Jade, Inc., and Positive Press PR present, "Women's Awareness and Self-Defense," on Thursday, 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 Saturday

Arts Clayton will have its annual "Mistletoe Market," until Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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.

Saturday

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.

The Decorum Group, Inc., will have "Career Planning Seminar Series," on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m., at Clayton County Police Headquarters Building, 7911 North McDonough St., Jonesboro. This is a mentoring series for girls, ages 13 to 19, that will help in many areas, including the improvement of self-esteem, a decrease in risky behaviors, and improvement in the ability to seek and keep a job. To register, call (404) 704-2197.

Clayton County Parks and Recreation will present "Free Movie in the Park," on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m., at Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138 S.E., Jonesboro. There will be a showing of Disney's "A Christmas Carol." Participants are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and popcorn. Call (770) 477-3766.

Until Sunday

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

There will be a "Scholastic Buy One/Get One (BOGO) Book Fair," until Tuesday, 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. 22

The Literacy for Youth Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Ellenwood, is in need of three new bicycles and five new helmets for children who have suffered abuse. The non-profit organization will be collecting donations, until Dec. 22. For more information, contact D. Shun Collins at (404) 454-3058.

Until Dec. 23

The Forest Park Ministers Association is in need of volunteers, until Dec. 23. These volunteers will assist in assembling gift baskets for the City of Forest Park Police Services Department and the Forest Park Department of Fire and Emergency Services. The association is also in need of donations, which should come in numerous quantities for the 180 baskets that will be distributed. For more information, contact Leon Beeler, at (678) 207-8904.

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.

Until Dec. 31

The Ladies of Favor, Inc., Mentoring Program, a Jonesboro non-profit organization, will be accepting donations, until Dec. 31, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9 a.m., to 6 p.m., at 1299 Battle Creek Road, Suite 240-A, Jonesboro. The facility is open until 8 p.m., on Thursdays. The organization is in need of various things, such as computers, laser printers and copy paper. The organization provides a family-oriented support system for disadvantaged females, ages 12 to 21. For more information, call (404) 246-6385.

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.

Jan. 20

Clayton State University, in partnership with the National Archives at Atlanta, will have a free "In Step with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement" commemorative event, on Jan. 20, from 6:30, to 8 p.m., at the National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. The event will be highlighted an exhibit entitled, "Revisiting the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Through an Activist's Lens." Activities, such as a performance the Clayton State University Gospel Choir, are scheduled. Call (770) 968-2100.

Jan. 29

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will have its "57th Annual Banquet," on Jan. 29, at 7 p.m., at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel Atlanta Airport, 1900 Sullivan Road, College Park. The induction of the chamber's 2011 Board of Directors and presentations of its annual awards will take place. The cost is $100 per person or $1,000 per table. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Advanced registration is required. Call (678) 610-4021.

Feb. 17

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce's Women in Business Council will present a "Women in Business Council Mixer: ‘Take Five at 5'," on Feb. 17, at 5 p.m., at Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. The cost is $15 per person and sponsorship opportunities are available. Advanced registration is required. Call (678) 610-4021.

Datebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled staff writer Maria-José Subiria. To submit , or fax to (770) 472-2060, attention: Datebook.