The City of Riverdale will hold its “Annual Riverdale Toy Drive” on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 8 a.m., to 9 p.m., at the Riverdale Centre for the Arts, Business & Leisure Services, 7210 Church St., Riverdale. The toy drive will benefit the foster children of Clayton County. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Riverdale Centre. Call (770) 909-5300.
The Clayton Center Community Service Board is accepting toy donations for the “Marine Toys for Tots Foundation” on Thursday, Dec. 15, at two drop-off locations. People can drop off toys from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., at the Clayton Center Administrative Office, 157 Smith St., Jonesboro, or until 7 p.m., at the Clayton Center Child and Adolescent Service building, 6315 Gardenwalk Blvd., Riverdale. Call (770) 478-2280.
The Clayton State University Loch Shop will have a special sale on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., at the university, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. It will be giving 40 percent off a customer’s entire purchase, including clearance items and bargain books. Free popcorn will be available. The sale excludes textbooks, diploma frames, study aids, computers and technology items, as well as food and beverages. It is not valid on prior or future purchases, and with any other coupon or discount. For more information, call (678) 466-4220.
The City of College Park will hold its free “20th Annual Best Holiday Decorated Property” on Friday, Dec. 16, from 6, to 8 p.m., throughout the city. Winners of the contest will receive a picture of their front door, a yard sign and poinsettia. Call (404) 669-9206.
College Park will hold its “36th Annual Christmas Parade” on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m., to noon, on Main Street in College Park. The Grand Marshal of the event will be College Park native, Jonas Jennings, a professional athlete who played for the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers. There will be a competition for best float, marching band and marching unit. Those interested in participating should call (770) 669-3773. For more information about the parade, call (404) 669-9206.
The Clayton County Republican Committee will host its free “Christmas Breakfast Potluck” on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m., to noon, at the Jonesboro Firehouse Museum and Community Center, 103 West Mill St., Jonesboro. Guests are encouraged to bring their favorite dish or casserole. There will be music, and Santa Claus will make an appearance. Children are welcome to attend. Guests should bring canned goods for the food drive at the event. Call (678) 438-6138.
The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department and Rainbow House Inc., will present “The 9th Annual Festival of Trees and Lights” until Sunday, Dec. 18, at Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138 S.E., Jonesboro. Light tours only will be conducted on Thursday from 6:30, to 9 p.m. Admission is $5 per car, $7 per van and $15 per bus. Light tours and activities will occur Friday through Sunday, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $7 per car, $10 per van and $20 a bus. Weekend activities include arts and crafts, concessions, face-painting and entertainment. Call (770) 477-3766.
The Georgia Center for Youth and Families Inc., will be registering people until Monday, Dec. 19 for its “Nonprofit 101 & 501(c)3 Class.” Participants will learn how to find a name for their non-profit, write articles and bylaws, develop a board and volunteer recruitment. The class is limited to 15 people. Until Saturday, Dec. 17, people can register for $50. After that date, it will be $55 a person. The class will be held from 8:30 a.m., to 3 p.m., at Glaze & Glaze P.C., 120 North McDonough St., Jonesboro. Call (678) 318-3610.
The Clayton County Library System will hold a free “B-LINKS Breast Feeding Focus Group” on Monday, Dec. 19, from 11 a.m., to 1 p.m., at the Headquarters Branch, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. Call (770) 473-3850.
The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting for Penalty Box Cafe on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 4 p.m., at the eatery, 3570 Highway 138, Stockbridge. Call (678) 610-4021.
The Clayton County Library System will have a free “Cocoa and Cookies with Mrs. Claus” on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at the Headquarters Branch, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. There will be two sessions for the event, including from 10 a.m., to 11 a.m., and from 11:30 a.m., to 12:30 p.m. Call (770) 473-3850.
The Clayton County Library System will hold a free “Movie––‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’” event, Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 2, to 3:30 p.m., at the Headquarters Branch, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. Call (770) 473-3850.
Until Jan. 15
Pacific Intercultural Exchange needs host families for international high school students. Interested families have until Jan. 15 to respond. Student ages range from 15 to 18. The students speak English, have their own spending money and have accident and health insurance. Call 1-888-743-8721.
The Clayton County Board of Health is asking the public to join “Emergency Preparedness Coalitions.” Disasters affect communities. People can help their area by becoming more prepared when a disaster strikes. The four coalitions available are: health care, vulnerable populations and shelters, business-public, and disaster mental health. Call (678) 610-7467.
The American Legion Clayton County Inc., Georgia Post No. 258 is currently accepting applications for a one-day trip to the World War II, Korean and Vietnam memorials, as well as the Arlington National Cemetery in the District of Columbia. Applications are available and accepted at Post No. 258, 1480 American Legion Way in Jonesboro. The Post opens at noon throughout the week. This trip is open for Korean War and World War II veterans. There is limited space. Call Lamar Miller at (770) 471-9458.
The Association of Retired Enlisted Personnel meets the last Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., at VFW Post 5080 Delma Barbour Post, 5080 North Lake Drive, Lake City. Call (678) 571-6150.
Safe Kids Clayton County, a non-profit coalition, needs partners for its child-injury-prevention efforts. Individuals or organizations interested in becoming partners should contact Enjoli Jones at (678) 479-2204.
Providence Hospice needs volunteers to provide support through friendly companionship for patients and their families. Free training and flexible schedules are available. The hospice is located at 1550 Rock Quarry Road, Suite B, Stockbridge. Call (678) 284-9385, or e-mail email@example.com.
The Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau has an ongoing “Gone With The Girls’ Girlfriend Getaway” tour. Women will ride on a minibus and tour historic Jonesboro, including the Road to Tara Museum. Following the tour, participants will be pampered at Scarlett’s Retreat Day Spa & Boutique in McDonough. The cost is $85 per person. Call 1-800-662-7829.
The 10-A-Day Speaks Gavel Club, a Toastmasters International-affiliated social organization, meets every second and fourth Saturday of the month at 10 a.m., at the Riverdale Library Branch, 420 Valley Hill Road. This is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking, communication and leadership skills. It is geared for youths, ages 6 to 17. Contact Ronnie Wells, at (678) 416-8325.
The Clayton County Board of Health is looking for organizations interested in joining its “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 from Clayton County residents for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) training. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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., 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 No. 4409 meets the third Wednesday of each month, at 10 a.m., at Riverdale Court Services, 6690 Church St., Riverdale. 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.
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