Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen


Mark-Anthony Hines will read from, and sign copies of his, poetry book titled, "Faith, Hope & Charity," on Friday, April 8, at 8 p.m., at a Chick-fil-A: Riverdale Dwarf House, 6549 Highway 85, Riverdale. For more details, contact Hines, at (404) 558-6033.

Friday, April 16

Arts Clayton will have "Fine Art Friday and Saturday Spark" workshops on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 16, at 11 a.m., and 1 p.m., at Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Participants should prepare for an art experience and a gallery tour. The cost is $5 per person. To reserve a space, or for more information, call (770) 473-5410.


The Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc., will host a "Taste of Clayton," and Sweet Tea Challenge on Saturday, April 9, from 11 a.m., to 3 p.m., in Downtown Jonesboro. Enter the Sweet Tea Challenge -- the one who can drink a gallon of tea the fastest, wins. Also, if you think you make the best sweet tea, enter and let the judges decide. The event will also include festive booths and entertainment. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, 55 and up, and $5 for children, 10 and under. Tickets available at the Clayton County Welcome Center, at (770) 478-4800, or at the event.

Bella Earth Natural Products will have "The 2011 BE NATURAL Hair & Facial Show," on Saturday, April 9, at 6 p.m., at the Riverdale Town Center, 7200 Church St., Riverdale. The event will showcase local hairstylists, estheticians and natural beauty experts. Ticket prices range from, $19.50, to $34.50. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization that supports ongoing research, and the advancement of families living with autism. Call (404) 952-9838.

The City of Morrow Fire Department will host a "Torching the Trail for Burns" run on Saturday, April 9, at 8:30 a.m. The 4-mile run will start at Morrow City Hall, 1500 Morrow Road. Runners will go through the city's golf cart path system, and Reynolds Nature Preserve. The registration is $20 online, or $25 the day of the race. People can participate in a 1-mile run. The registration cost is $15 online, or $20 the day of the race. Proceeds will go to the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. To register online visit, Contact Roger Swint, at (678) 622-9027.

Saturday, April 16, 23, May 21

The Decorum Group, Inc., will have a "Celebrating YOU!," teen emotional intelligence program, on Saturday April 9, April 16, April 23 and May 21, from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m., at Sequoya Middle School, 95 Valley Hill Road, Riverdale. Registration fee is $15 and lunch will be provided. Call (404) 704-2197.


The Riverdale Centre for the Arts, Business and Leisure Services will have "The City of Riverdale Bridal Show," on Sunday, April 10, from 1 to 5 p.m., at 7210 Church St., in Riverdale. Brides will be able to meet premier wedding professionals, including those from bridal boutiques, florists, caterers, and photographers. Admission is $6 at the door. Call (770) 909-5300.

The Clayton County Water Authority's Newman Wetlands Center will host an "Atlanta Audubon Society Birdwatching Field Trip," on Sunday, April 9, from 8 a.m., to 11 a.m., at the Wetlands Center, 2755 Freeman Road, Hampton. Participants should bring binoculars and children must be 9 years old to participate. Call (770) 603-5606.


The Clayton County Library Board of Trustees will have a regular quarterly meeting, on Tuesday, April 12, at 2 p.m., at the library board room of the Headquarters Branch, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. The meeting is open to the public. Contact LaDonna Markland, at (770) 473-3850.

Tuesday, April 19

The Clayton State University Small Business Development Center will host "Fast Trac" seminars at the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, 1709 Highway 20 West, McDonough. Seminars will be on Tuesday, April 12, from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., and on April 19, from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m. The seminars are geared for area small business owners, in partnership with the Georgia Small Business Development Center. The total cost of the seminars is $895. Scholarships are available online at Call (678) 466-5100.

April 14, 21, 25, May 5

Clayton County Public Schools S. Truett Cathy Professional Learning Center will host free community workshops, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Learning Center, 1087 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. The workshops will include, "Microsoft Word Basics," on Thursday, March 31; "Microsoft Excel Basics," on April 14; "Resume Writing," on April 21; "Microsoft Powerpoint Basics," on April 25; and "Planning a Career That's Right For You," on May 5. To register for the workshops, call (770) 473-2795.

April 16

Former State Rep. Mike Glanton will present the "Clayton County Cultural Celebration 2011," from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. The event will help raise funds for several non-profit organizations in the community. Admission is $10, and limited complimentary tickets are available to non-profit groups. Contact Glanton, at (678) 479-7730.

Riverdale Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon will host a free "Easter Egg Hunt & Extravaganza," on April 16, from noon, until 2 p.m., at the Riverdale Town Center, 7210 Church St., Riverdale. Children will be able to collect candy eggs, play in a bounce house, and have opportunities to take photos with the Easter Bunny. Music will also be provided. Call (770) 909-5300.

Until April 18

The Clayton County Library System will not charge any overdue fines, if overdue items are returned until April 18, to any of Clayton County's six library locations during their normal operating hours. There is no limit on how long the items have been overdue or how many are being returned, though items must be in good condition. Call Terran McCanna, at (770) 473-3850, ext. 247.

April 26

Clayton State University's Center for Continuing Education, and the National Archives at Atlanta, will host a "World War II: Stories of the Home Front and Tales from Two Theatres," course on April 26, from 6:30 p.m., to 8:30 p.m., at 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. The cost of the course is $20. To register, call (678) 466-5050, or the National Archives at Atlanta, at (770) 968-2100.

Until April 29

Arts Clayton will have a free "DISCOVERIES IN GLASS," exhibit, until April 29, 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 audience will learn the many facets of this medium, through various Atlanta artists. Call (770) 473-5457.

Until April 30

Curves will participate in the "13th Annual Curves Food Drive," until April 30, Mondays through Fridays, from 8:30 a.m., to 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., to 7 p.m. , at 9434 South Main St., Suite No. 1400, Jonesboro. The gym is collecting non-perishable food and cash donations to benefit area food banks. Women who donate will get a chance to join Curves and have their membership fee waived, through April 17. Call (770) 473-0200.

May 5

The City of Riverdale will host a free, "Fiesta de Riverdale," on May 5, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Riverdale Town Center, 7200 Church St., Riverdale. Student art from area schools will be displayed. Food and beverages from businesses will be available for purchase. Call (770) 909-5300.

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 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, for children, ages 6 to 11. Call (404) 704-2197.

Until June 2

Arts Clayton will have a free, "HISTORY AND HERITAGE" event, until June 2, 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. Exhibiting artists explore reflections of the past, history and heritage. Call (770) 473-5457.

Until Oct. 30, 31

The Clayton County Water Authority's fishing reservoirs will be open for the fishing season. The Shamrock/Blalock Reservoirs, located at 2610 Shamrock Road, Jonesboro, is open Wednesdays, through Sundays, until Oct. 30, from 7 a.m., to 8 p.m. The J.W. Smith Reservoir, located at 143 Northbridge Road, Hampton, will be opened Saturdays, through Wednesdays, until Oct. 31, during the same operation hours. Clayton County residents pay $5 per vehicle, or $30 for a season pass. Residents from other counties pay $10 per vehicle or $40 for a season pass. Call (770) 603-5605.


The Clayton County Visiting Friends Program is in need of volunteers. Volunteers will spend time with people who the courts have declared as incapacitated. Many are housed in facilities and do not have family or friends to visit them. Contact Veronica Beasley, at (770) 477-3299.

The Atlanta Regional Commission is accepting applications for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) training, from Clayton County residents. WIA provides training for people who are jobless and want to change career paths, or whose skills need improvement to obtain a job. Certain eligibility and income requirements must be met. For more information, visit:

Letco Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization in Riverdale, is in need of volunteers for the Letco Foundation House, in College Park. The mission is to empower homeless men of Clayton County and assist them in overcoming economic and personal issues. Administrative and supportive assistance is needed, including: answering phone calls, fund-raising and writing letters and brochures. Call (404) 631-6416, or e-mail:

Doorways PREP, Inc., needs male mentors for at-risk youths. Bilingual speakers who would like to mentor for the Riverdale non-profit organization are also welcome. Mentors must dedicate at least two hours a day, twice a week. Background checks will be conducted. Call Leon Stanley, at (404) 720-2378, ext. 701.

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 (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 may 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 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.

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 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, 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.

The Southern Crescent Toastmasters Club is in search of new members. The mission of the club is to provide a supportive environment where members can practice their communication and leadership skills. Call Yalonda Carson, at (678) 466-4330.

Datebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled by staff writer Maria-Jose Subiria Arauz. To submit an item for publication, e-mail, or fax to (770) 472-2060, attention: Datebook.