Datebook - August 18, 2011


The House of Dawn will be selling tickets for its “4th Annual House of Dawn Charity Social Event & Wine Tasting” until Thursday, Aug. 18. Tickets cost $40 per person, and funds from ticket sales will benefit the non-profit organization, which provides a home for young teen moms who were previously homeless, or under foster care. The event will occur, on Aug. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. There will be live Jazz, heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine experts. There will be drawings for prizes such as two round-trip AirTran Airways tickets to any destination covered by the airline. Call (770) 477-2376.

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Council will host its “Women in Business Council Spotlight Luncheon,” on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 11:30 a.m., to 1:30 p.m., at The Morrow Center, 1180 Southlake Circle, Suite 100, Morrow. The panelists will include Lee Fincher, business manager for Fincher Denmark & Williams LLC; Tracy Graham Lawson, Clayton County district attorney; Dana Lemon, of the 13th Congressional District for the Georgia Department of Transportation, and Tasha Mosley, Clayton County solicitor general. The cost of the event is $30 per person and $240 for a table of eight. Call (678) 610-4021.

Until Friday

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce is offering early incentives, until Friday, Aug. 19, for prospective exhibitors for its “Sixth Annual Showcase Clayton Business & Community Expo.” The cost of purchasing a booth is $200 for chamber members, and $400 for non-members. Restaurants can showcase their menus at a cost of $100 for members, and $200 for non-members. Rates will increase after Aug. 19. The chamber is also looking for sponsors. The event will take place on Oct. 20. Call (678) 610-4021.

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will be accepting applications for its annual “Principal Partner’s Day” program until Aug. 19. The program provides an opportunity for community and business leaders to visit Clayton County Public Schools and see first-hand the strengths and challenges of operating a school. Call (678) 610-4021.


Riverdale Cultural Affairs and Leisure Services will have “Riverdale’s South City Concert Series,” on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m., at The Amphitheater of the Riverdale Town Center, 7200 Church St., Riverdale. Tickets are $15 per person for VIP admission, $8 per person for general admission, and $200 per VIP table. Selected bands and entertainers will perform. Call (770) 909-5300.

The City of College Park will have a free “5th Annual City Fest” on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 3 p.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park. The event will include live music, children activities, food, a vendors market and a health fair. Call (404) 767-1537.

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department will present free “Movies in the Park” on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 9 p.m., at Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138 S.E., Jonesboro. There will be a showing of the 2010 movie entitled, “The Karate Kid.” Call (770) 477-3766.


The Riverdale Business Coalition will hold a “Business Networking Event” on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 9 a.m., at Riverdale City Hall, 7200 Church St., Riverdale. Participants will learn how mobile broadband can change their business. For more information, call (770) 909-5394.

The Prostate Cancer Information Group will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m., in the Cancer Wellness Center at Piedmont Fayette Hospital, 1255 Highway 54 West, Fayetteville. The program will go over an online “decision aide” intended to assist prostate cancer patients with information pertinent to their situation. Men and their partners are encouraged to attend. Cntact Jim O’Hara at (770) 632-2898.

Aug. 25, Sept. 8, 22

The City of Riverdale will host an “Afterwork Cool Down Music Series,” on Aug. 25, Sept. 8, and Sept. 22, from 6 p.m., to 9 p.m., at the Amphitheater of the Riverdale Town Center, 7200 Church St., Riverdale. Different bands will perform at each free event. Contact Cie Cie McGhee, at (770) 909-5303.

Until Aug. 27, Sept. 3

The Caribbean Association of Georgia is looking for vendors for its “South Metro Caribbean Festival,” until Aug. 27. The association needs vendors who will provide, food, arts and crafts, and promotions. Prices range from $50 to $300. Vendors of non-profit organizations can reserve a space for free. The festival will occur on Sept. 3, from noon, to 8 p.m., at “The Beach” of Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138 S.E., Jonesboro. Admission is $10 per person and parking is free. Call Jackie Watson, at (678) 464-0680.

Aug. 27

The Friends of the Library will have a “Buy-One-Get-One Free Used-Book Sale,” on Aug. 27, from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the Clayton County Library System’s Headquarters Branch, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. Call (770) 473-3850.

Aug. 29

The Clayton County Board of Health will host “Youth Services Provider Academy” on Aug. 29, from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m., and Aug. 30, from 8 a.m., to 12:30 p.m. The two-day free event will be held at The Morrow Center, 1180 Southlake Circle, Suite 100, Morrow. Only youth-serving agencies and organizations are allowed to attend. The event will discuss topics such as “Understanding the Challenges Facing Our Youth,” “Developing ‘Asset’ Based Programs” and “Health and Sexuality.” Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first serveed basis. Call Teriwanda Hayes at (678) 479-2220.

Until Aug. 31

Pacific Intercultural Exchange will be accepting host families for its academic semester and year “homestay” programs, until Aug. 31. The international students will be ages 15 to 18. The students are able to speak English and will bring their own spending money. Students will have accident and health insurance. For more information, call 1-866-546-1402.

Until Sept. 24

The Jonesboro Farmers Market will take place Tuesdays, 11 a.m., to 1 p.m.,. and Saturdays, from 8 a.m., to noon, until Sept. 24, at the parking lot across the street from the Jonesboro Fire House Museum, 103 West Mill St., Jonesboro. Call (770) 473-5434.

Until Oct. 30, 31

The Clayton County Water Authority’s fishing reservoirs will be open for the fishing season. The Shamrock/Blalock Reservoir, 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 open 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 Board of Health is looking for organizations interested in offering their “Community Voices for Youth” forums. These forums will allow groups to share information on their organization’s history, mission, structure, successes and needs, in an effort to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with the Board of Health. Contact Teriwanda Hayes, at (678) 479-2220.

Jonesboro Olympic Park AARP Chapter 5440 meets every second Wednesday of the month, at noon, at the J. Charley Griswell Senior Center, 2300 Highway 138 S.E., Jonesboro. The chapter is welcoming new members. Call Mary Thompson, at (404) 432-3048.

Project CatSnip spays and neuters cats once a month at the Animal Control Center of the Clayton County Police Department, at 1396 Government Circle, Jonesboro. It offers vaccinations for dogs and cats every other month. Appointments must be made. Call (770) 455-7077, or visit www.projectcatsnip.com.

Faith Open Door Community Center, Inc., holds a free “Making A Difference,” class on Tuesdays, from 6:30, to 7:30 p.m., and a free “Too Good For Drugs,” course, Thursdays, from 6, to 6:45 p.m., at 213 Arrowhead Blvd., Suite F, Jonesboro. Call (770) 472-8371.

The Clayton County Visiting Friends Program is in need of volunteers, to 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. Visit: www.atlantaregional.com/workforce-solutions/training-and-education-services.

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 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: latcross@yahoo.com.

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 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. 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 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, at 147 Church St., in 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.

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.

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 M.J. Subiria Araúz. To submit an item for publication, e-mail marauz@news-daily.com, or fax to (770) 472-2060, attention: Datebook.