Datebook: Chamber to host 'Business and Community Expo'


The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will have its "Fifth Annual Showcase Clayton Business and Community Expo," on Thursday, Oct. 14, from 3:30 p.m., to 7:30 p.m., at the Morrow Center, 1180 Southlake Circle, Morrow. Call (678) 610-4021.

The Rainmakers Business Networking Group will host a "Business, Startup, Improvement and Grant Acquisition Seminar," on Thursday, Oct. 14, from 1 p.m., to 4 p.m., at 176 Highway 138 S.W., Suite 100, Riverdale. The location of the seminar is subject to change. Individuals will learn information on various topics, including, starting a business and improving a business. Must RSVP to attend. Call (678) 907-0200.


The Airport Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its "Golf Tournament: The Commons at Fort McPherson," on Friday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m., at Fort McPherson. The overall cost of participation is $125 per person, or $400 for a team of four. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, with prices that range from $100 to $2,000. Call (404) 209-0910.


Arts Clayton will have a "Saturday Spark," on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m., and 1 p.m., at Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Families will be able to participate in a hands-on art experience. The cost is $5 per participant, and space is limited. Call (770) 478-5457.

The Clayton County Humane Society will have its annual "Bikers for Barkers Poker Run," on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m., at Harley-Davidson of Clayton County, 1384 Southlake Parkway, Morrow. There will be food, vendors, a silent auction, prizes and a band. The cost is $25, which includes food and a T-shirt. Call (404) 630-8515, or (770) 477-8352.

McNair Productions presents its "Pink Ribbon Breakfast" on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 9 a.m., at the Lovejoy Community Center, 11622 Hastings Bridge Road, Lovejoy. The event will honor survivors and supporters in the fight against breast cancer. Pre-registration is required. Contact Kim McNair at (678) 583-6709.

Saturday, Oct. 23

The Literacy for Youth Foundation will present free "Common Cents" workshops on Saturday, Oct. 16, and Oct. 23, from 10:30 a.m., to noon, at the Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. Children will learn financial skills. Space is limited. For more information, contact Demeitrice Collins, at (404) 454-3058.


The Morrow Business and Tourism Association, among others, will present "Fashionatta," on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m., at the Morrow Center, 1180 Southlake Circle, Morrow. The event will feature the fall and winter fashions of Liz Claiborne, in a runway-style setting. Tickets are $12 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the Morrow Tourist Center, 6475 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, or by visiting http://www.morrowtourism.com/events.htm. The event's proceeds will benefit Clayton County Family Care, Inc. Call (770) 968-1623.


Clayton County 4-H and Youth and Development will have a "Teens' Driver Safety" lesson on Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 7 p.m., to 8:30 p.m., at the Clayton County Police Headquarters, 7911 North McDonough St., Jonesboro. This lesson is geared for teenagers in ninth-through 12th-grades. To reserve space, call (770) 473-3946.

Truett's Grill, Chick-fil-A and the Literacy for Youth Foundation will present "Family & Fun Night," on Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 5 p.m., to 8 p.m., at Truett's Grill in Morrow, 2042 Mt. Zion Road. Individuals will learn about the foundation's variety of programs that will assist students, from kindergarten to 12th grade, with financial skills, living a healthy lifestyle and living green. There will also be games and food. Contact Shun Collins, at (404) 454-3058.

Oct. 21

Vibha Singla, C.P.A.-P.C., will have a "Non-profit Workshop" on Oct. 21, from 1:30 p.m., to 4:30 p.m., at the National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. The workshop will include topics, such as "Legal Issues," "Grant Writing," and "Fund-raising." Call (404) 366-0004.

Oct. 22

State Rep. Mike Glanton (D-Ellenwood) and Clayton County Tax Commissioner Terry Baskin will host the "Clayton County Business Community Business2Business Bowling Tournament 2010" on Oct. 22, at 6 p.m., at Pin Strikes Entertainment Center, at 3478 Mt. Zion Road, Stockbridge. Registration is $300 for a team of five. Teams must consist of three males and two females, or vice versa. To participate, individuals must be at least 21 years old. Proceeds will support local non-profit organizations, including House of Dawn, Inc., and African Women's Development Foundation, Inc. Contact Glanton at (678) 479-7730, or Baskin at (770) 477-3311.

Until Oct. 23

The Clayton County Water Authority is looking for volunteers for its annual "Rivers Alive Stream Cleanup," until Oct. 23. The event will occur on Oct. 23, from 10 a.m., to noon, at Beaver Dam Creek, in Independence Park, 8970 Thomas Road, Jonesboro. Volunteers will assist in picking up trash, litter and other debris from the creek. If interested, contact Suzanne Brown, at (770) 960-6972.

Oct. 23

The National Leadership Group, Inc., will host its annual "Single Parent Workshop," on Oct. 23, from 10 a.m., to 5 p.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park. The workshop will provide various 45-minute sessions with topics such as "Money Management," "Credit Counseling" and "Parenting Skills." Admission is $10, if individuals register prior to the workshop, and $15 at the door. Individuals can register by visiting www.tltg.com. Call (770) 997-6868.

Arts Clayton will have a "Palette to Palate Fall 2010" event, on Oct. 23, at 7 p.m., at the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Individuals will have a four-course meal paired with wine, while exploring the American Seasonal Cuisine. The cost is $70 per person, and pre-paid reservations are required. Call Karen Powers, at (770) 473-5488.

Oct. 23, Dec. 11

Clayton County Parks and Recreation will have free "Movie Under the Stars" events on Oct. 23, and 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.

Oct. 26

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce and Clayton County Public Schools will host "Principal Partner's Day," on Oct. 26. Individuals interested in shadowing a school principal for a day, will do so for four hours, at an assigned Clayton County public school. School sponsorship opportunities are also available. Call the chamber at (678) 610-4025, or the school system at (770) 473-2700.

Oct. 28

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will have a "SunTrust Early Bird Breakfast," on Oct. 28, at 7:45 a.m., at the Continuing Education Building of Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The cost is $15 for chamber members and member-guests, and $25 for non-members. Advanced registration is required. Call (678) 610-4021.

Slim Goodbody will present "Bodyology," on Oct. 28, from 9:55, to 11:40 a.m., at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. "Bodyology" is a musical production that will teach children about the human body, and how to keep it healthy. Tickets must be pre-ordered, and are available by visiting, www.slimgoodbody.com. The cost is $6.50. Call 1-800-962-7546.

Clayton County Master Gardeners will sponsor a free "Noontime Knowledge" event on Oct. 28, from 12:15 p.m., to 1 p.m., at the Clayton County Extension Office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. The theme is "Go Native -- Plant a Native Tree." Individuals will learn about Georgia's native trees and how they can enhance yards. To register, or for more information, call (770) 473-5434.

Until Oct. 29

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department will accept registration for "School Is Out 'Teacher Workday' Actividay," until Oct. 29. The children's one-day-camp will take place on Nov. 2, from 7 a.m., to 6 p.m., at local Clayton-County recreation centers. Children will be able to participate in activities, such as arts and crafts, games, swimming and field trips. Children must bring a lunch, including two snacks. The cost is $15 per child. For more information, call a local recreation center.

Oct. 29

Clayton County Senior Services will have a "SPARC 'One Stop Shop for Wellness'" event during the month of October, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m. The event will take place on Friday, Oct. 8, at the J. Charley Griswell Senior Center, 2300 Highway 138 E., Jonesboro; and on Oct. 29, at the Frank Bailey Senior Center, 6213 Riverdale Road, Riverdale. SPARC is an acronym for Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration. It will include a variety of immunizations and screenings, and include free fruits, vegetables and other giveaways. Medicare and some private insurance are accepted. The services are for adults ages 55 and older. Contact the Griswell Senior Center, at (770) 477-3499, or the Bailey Senior Center, at (678) 479-5505.

Until Nov. 4

Faith Open Door Community Center, Inc., a non-profit organization, will provide free tutoring sessions for reading and math subjects, every Tuesday and Thursday, until 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.

Nov. 6

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.