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Spivey Hall presents children's opera today

Today

Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, will present "The Billy Goats Gruff," a children's opera performed by Opera Carolina, on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 9:30 a.m., and 11:15 a.m., at Spivey Hall, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. Tickets are $2 per person. Spivey Hall is offering a $1 discount to teachers, for students. For more information, visit, www.spiveyhall.org/education. For tickets, call (678) 466-4491.

The Clayton State Lakers women basketball team will host the "CSU Alumni Game," on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m., at the Athletics and Fitness Center of Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. Past women basketball players for the university, will challenge current players. Call (678) 466-4678.

Today, Nov. 11

The Carney/Bearden Association will host a free "Clayton State/Stockbridge High School wind ensemble concert," on Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m., at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The Clayton State/Stockbridge wind ensemble will also perform on Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m., at North Henry Baptist Church, 1093 Flat Rock Road, Stockbridge. Call (678) 466-4200.

Thursday

Faith Open Door Community Center, Inc., a non-profit organization, will provide free tutoring sessions for reading and math subjects, on Thursday, Nov. 4. Tutoring classes for students in first- through -fifth grades, will occur from 4 p.m., to 6 p.m., at Faith Open Door Community Center, 217 Arrowhead Blvd., A-2 Suite 13, Jonesboro. Youths in sixth-through-12th grades, will be tutored, from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., at the non-profit organization. Contact Geraldine Ruiz, at (678) 372-4713.

Southern Regional Health System will have a "Diabetes Health Fair," on Thursday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m., at the cafeteria dining area of Southern Regional Medical Center, 11 Upper Riverdale Road, Riverdale. There will be free screenings, including blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure. Call (770) 991-8626.

Saturday

There will be a "Clayton County Master Gardeners 5th Annual Symposium" on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m., at Eula Wilborn Ponds Perry Learning Center, 137 Spring St., Jonesboro. Call (770) 473-5434.

Monday

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will have an "IBM Southeast Employees' Federal Credit Union Business to Business Luncheon," on Monday, Nov. 8, at 11:30 a.m., at Kaiser Permanente at Southwood Medical Center, 2400 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. The topic is "Profitability Growth Strategies for Small and Mid-Size Businesses." The guest speaker will be Edgar Ortiz, founder and CEO of Strategic Analytic Solutions, LLC. The cost is $15 for chamber members and member-guests, and $25 for non-members. Reservations are required. Call (678) 610-4021.

Tuesday

The Georgia Department of Transportation will sponsor an information session for the Atlanta-Chattanooga high speed ground transportation options, on Tuesday Nov. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall of St. Mark United Methodist Church, 781 Peachtree St., N.E., Atlanta. The open house will discuss potential options for improving mobility between Atlanta, and Chattanooga, Tenn. Visit, www.dot.ga.gov, or call (770) 387-3600.

Tuesday-Nov. 13

The Clayton State Theater will present, "Everything Goes, Episode One: Big Max Takes Cab," a student-developed musical, at the Clayton State Theater, in the Arts and Sciences building of Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. Previews of the musical will occur on Tuesday, Nov. 9, and Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Showings will occur on Nov. 11, through Nov. 13, also at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for students of the university with their identification cards, and $5 for the general public. Call (770) 961-3623.

Nov. 10

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will hold its "13th Annual Veterans Day Luncheon," on Nov. 10, from 11:30 a.m., to 1:30 p.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park. The keynote speaker will be Maj. Gen. William Nesbitt, adjutant general of the Georgia National Guard. The cost is $30 per person, or $300 per table. There will be two military personnel seated at each table. Individuals must RSVP by Nov. 8. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact Jessica Kinard, at (678) 610-4021.

The Clayton State University Department of Visual and Performing Arts will present a free, "Clayton State University Jazz Combo in Trends and Tradition: New Compositions and Old Favorites," on Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m., at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The Jazz Combo will perform new works and traditional melodies. Call (678) 466-4200.

Nov. 11

The Clayton State University Bookstore will have a "Go Green Day" book drive, on Nov. 11, from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., at the bookstore, located on the lower level of the Clayton State Student Center at the university, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. All donated books will be accepted. The donations will be given to Better World Books.Call (678) 466-4220.

Arts Clayton will host their "Fall Wine Harvest-4th Annual Holiday Wine Tasting," on Nov. 11, from 6 p.m., to 9 p.m., at Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. The cost is $20 per person, and $30 per couple. The net proceeds will go to the Arts Clayton Building Fund. Call (770) 389-1200.

Until Nov. 12

Grassroots Hands on Clayton will be looking for vendors, sponsors and potential employers for its "Empowering and Enriching Our Community -- One Citizen at a Time" event, until Nov. 12. Vendors should provide a service or product, which will benefit the community and is relevant to community and economic development, education and health and wellness. Interested sponsors should contact Aaron Ruffin at (205) 657-4621. Interested vendors should contact Tanya Dibble at (678) 595-6569. Potential employers should contact Kimberly Allen at (404) 668-5856.

Nov. 12

Positive Press PR will hold a "Ribbon Cutting Ceremony," on Nov. 12, from 11:30 a.m., to 12:30 p.m., at Positive Press PR, 186 North Ave., Suite 106, Jonesboro. Light refreshments will be served. Call (770) 471-9161.

Nov. 12, Nov. 20

Arts Clayton will host "Experience Art!" workshops, on Nov. 12, and Nov. 20, at 11 a.m., and 1 p.m., at Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. The cost is $5 per person. Call (770) 473-5457.

Until Nov. 13

Securus House, a family violence shelter, is looking for volunteers, until Nov. 13. The non-profit organization is looking for bright and skilled individuals who can provide child-care assistance, be a legal advocate, participate in support groups, service the crisis line and provide clerical skills. Individuals, who are interested, should contact Gaye Griffieth, at (770) 961-7233.

Individuals are able to register for "Mike's Ride," until Nov. 13. Proceeds will benefit Mike Bassett for treatment of hepatopulmonary syndrome, a liver-induced lung vascular disorder. The cost is $25 per motorcycle. The event will also include raffle tickets, and will take place on Nov. 13, at 10:30 a.m., at Harley-Davidson of Clayton County, 1384 Southlake Parkway, Morrow. Individuals will be able to register on site, on Nov. 13, until 10:15 a.m. Contact Trae Wiggins, at (678) 988-6669, or Connie Wiggins, at (770) 634-6189.

Nov. 13

The Coalition of Clayton County Clergy presents an awards banquet on Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m., at the Morrow Center, 1180 Southlake Circle, Morrow. The evening will include faith, food and fellowship. The event will recognize community leaders. Tickets are $50, and must be purchased in advance. Call (404) 207-3817.

The Clayton County Juvenile Court and Positive Press PR will present, "Clayton's Finest ... Dance Off!" on Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., at The Beach of Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138 S.E., Jonesboro. The event will include ballroom dancing and wine tasting. Tickets are $10 per person. Proceeds will go to the Clayton County Court Appointed Special Advocate program, which supports court volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children. Guests are encouraged to donate a toy, as well. Call (770) 471-9161.

Arts Clayton will host "Coffee and Canvas," on Nov. 13, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Artists will be able to bring their supplies and artwork to the gallery. Easels and tables are available. Free coffee and snacks will be provided. Call (770) 473-5457.

Nov. 13, 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 Nov. 13, 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.

Until Nov. 18

Clayton County Public Schools' S. Truett Cathy Professional Learning Center will have free community workshops, until Nov. 18, from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., at the learning center, 1087 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. The workshops will include topics, such as "Helping Your Child at Home," "The ESOL Connection for Speakers of Other Languages," and "Working with Students with Disabilities." Call (770) 473-2795.

Nov. 18

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Council will host a "Women in Business Quarterly Luncheon," on Nov. 18, from 11:30 a.m., to 1 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites: Stockbridge/Atlanta, I-75, 638 Highway 138 West, Stockbridge. The topic is entitled, "Women & Finance: More Time Means More Money." The guest speaker will be Tania Pellew Brown, financial planning specialist for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. The cost is $30 per person, or $240 for a table of eight. Exhibit table are available for $125. Advanced registration is required. Call (678) 610-4021.

Until Nov. 24

Arts Clayton will have a "Vessel" exhibit, until Nov. 24, Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. The exhibit will display innovative approaches to the concept of a container in ceramic, glass, wood and metal. There will be an opening reception, on Friday, Nov. 5, from 5:30, to 7:30 p.m., at the gallery. Call (770) 473-5457.

Dec. 9

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 Road, Stockbridge. The event will be free for chamber members and member-guests, and $15 for non-members. Exhibit tables are available for $100. Advanced registration is required. Call (678) 610-4021.

Dec. 11

Clayton County Parks and Recreation will have free "Movie Under the Stars" events on Dec. 11, from 8 p.m., to 11 p.m., at "The Beach" at Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138 S.E., Jonesboro. Call (770) 477-3766.

Until Dec. 18

Arts Clayton will have a "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 Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Artists will deliver different views of the circle of life. There will be an opening reception, on Friday, Nov. 5, from 5:30, to 7:30 p.m., at the gallery. Call (770) 473-5457.

Until Dec. 31

The American Red Cross is hosting a "Fly Into the Holidays with Delta" campaign, until Dec. 31. Individuals who donate blood or platelets to the Red Cross will have an opportunity to win two Delta Air Lines domestic round-trip tickets. Call 1-800-733-2767.

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.