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Cancer practice needs suitcases, backpacks for foster children

Today, Thursday

Clayton State University's women's basketball team will host the "Heritage Bank Holiday Classic," at its Athletics and Fitness Center, at 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. On Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 5:30 p.m., the Lakers will face Lincoln Memorial University, of Harrogate, Tenn. On Thursday, Dec. 30, the Lakers will take on Lenoir-Rhyne University, of Hickory, N.C. After that game, at 7:30 p.m., the men's basketball team will meet Shaw University, of Raleigh, N.C. For ticket prices or more information, contact CSU Athletics, at (678) 466-4678.

Until Friday

The Ladies of Favor, Inc., Mentoring Program, a Jonesboro non-profit organization, will be accepting donations, until Friday, Dec. 31, 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. Call (404) 246-6385.

Jan. 8

The Leadership Roundtable of Clayton County Elected Officials will meet on Jan. 8, at the City of Riverdale Council Chambers, 7200 Church St., Riverdale. A meet-and-greet will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the meeting will start at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. Contact State Sen. Gail Buckner (D-Jonesboro), at (770) 473-9039.

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 to children in third-through-eighth grades. Tickets are $1. Call (678) 466-4200.

Jan. 11

The Clayton County Library Board of Trustees will hold its regular quarterly meeting, on Jan. 11, at 2 p.m., at the board room of the Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. The meeting is open to the public. Contact LaDonna Markland, at (770) 473-3850.

Jan. 13

Clayton State University will host "The Welcome Back-yard Ice Skate Party," on Jan. 13, from 6 p.m., to 10 p.m., at the Student Activities Center at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The event is free for students of Clayton State University and children 3 years old and younger. The event will be $4 for adults and $2 for children. Call (678) 466-4000.

Jan. 13, 14

The Georgia Center for Youth and Families, Inc., will have a "Grant-writing 101 workshop: Funding Your Passion," Jan. 13, at 9 a.m., and Jan. 14, at 5 p.m., at community room of the Clayton County Police Department Headquarters Building, 7911 North McDonough St., Jonesboro. Individuals will learn the essentials of writing, researching, obtaining and maintaining operations and strategies, within the grant system. The cost of the workshop is $55 per person.Call (678) 318-3610.

Jan. 14

The Georgia Cancer Specialists will host its ninth annual "Totes 2 Tots" suitcase drive, on Jan. 14, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at Georgia Cancer Specialists, 1045 Southcrest Drive, Stockbridge. The private cancer practice needs new backpacks, and children-sized suitcases for foster children. Call (678) 289-0549.

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 by an exhibit entitled, "Revisiting the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Through an Activist's Lens." Activities, such as a performance by the Clayton State University Gospel Choir, are scheduled. Call (770) 968-2100.

Clayton State University will have its third annual "MLK Rally and March," on Jan. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the ballroom of the Student Activities Center at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The event is open to the public and will feature live exhibits and reenactments of historical events, as well as activists of the Civil Rights Movement. Call (678) 466-4000.

Jan. 27

Clayton State University will have an "Inaugural School of Business Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series," on Jan. 27, from 5:30, to 6:30 p.m., at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The series is free and open to the public. The speaker will be W. Cliff Oxford, CEO of Entrepreneur Advisors, Inc. The topic of the speech is: "The Rise of Entrepreneurism--the Bubble that will not Burst." Reservations are required. Contact Wanda Bender, at (678) 466-4528.

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. 10

The Clayton State University women's basketball team will face Lander University, of Greenwood, S.C., on Feb. 10, at 5:30 p.m., at the university's Athletic and Fitness Center, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The university's men's basketball team against Lander University will follow, at 7:30 p.m. At half-time of the men's basketball game, at 8:30 p.m., the Clayton State Homecoming King and Queen will be announced. For ticket prices, call (678) 466-4678.

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.

Ongoing

The Clayton County Board of Health-Health Express Flu Clinic will be offering a flu vaccination promotion every workday, from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the Clayton County Board of Health, 1117 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro, until the vaccine runs out. 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 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 Road, 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 Road, 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.

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.