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CSU basketball teams face Lander University Thursday

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

The Clayton State University women's basketball team will face Lander University, of Greenwood, S.C., on Feb. 10, at 5:30 p.m., at the university's Athletic and Fitness Center, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. CSU's men's team will play Lander University at 7:30 p.m. At half-time of the men's game, CSU's Homecoming King and Queen will be announced. For ticket prices, call (678) 466-4678.

Clayton State University will have a "New York Times Talk," on Thursday, Feb. 10, from 11:30 a.m., to 12:30 p.m., in room 152 of Clayton Hall, at the university, in Morrow. The topic is "Mythbusting Evolution." The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided, courtesy of The New York Times. For more details, call Joseph Corrado, at (678) 466-4803.

Thursday, Friday

The Georgia Center for Youth and Families, Inc., will have a "Grant Writing 101: Funding Your Passion," workshop on Thursday, Feb. 10, and Friday, Feb. 11, at 9 a.m., at the Jim Huie Recreation Center, 9045 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro. Participants will learn the basic principles of grant writing, writing compelling case statements and composing the summary. Registration Feb. 9, will be $75; after Feb. 9, $85. Call Monique Henderson, at (678) 318-3610.

Friday, Sunday

Clayton State University's Center for Continuing Education will hold three events during the weekend before Valentine's Day, at the Harry S. Downs Center at the university: A "Valentine's Day Mystery Dinner," on Friday, Feb. 11, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.; "Massage For Couples," on Sunday, Feb. 13, from 1:30, to 4:30 p.m.; and "Romantic Cupcakes and Cookies," also on Sunday, from 2 to 5 p.m. For more details, call (678) 466-5050.

Until Saturday

The Clayton County Headquarters Library needs individuals to assist in decorating its Valentine tree, until Saturday, Feb. 12, at the library, 865 Battlecreek Road, Jonesboro. Participants are encouraged to come during the library's operation hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m., to 9 p.m.; Fridays, from 9 a.m., to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m. From more information, contact the library, at (770) 473-3850.

Saturday

The Southlake Kiwanis Club will sponsor the annual "Freedom Run 5K and 10K," on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 9 a.m., at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The event is open to the public. Entry fees are $20, until Feb. 9, and $25 on the day of the race. To register, visit, http://www.active.com/running/morrow-ga/freedom-run-2011. For more information, contact Mike Mead, at (678) 466-4679. Following the race, there will be an "Alumni Breakfast," at 10:30 a.m., at the Harry S. Downs Center of Clayton State University. For more details, call the Office of Alumni Relations, at (678) 466-4477.

Saturday, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 19 and March 26

Clayton State University's School of Business will host the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, on Saturday, Feb. 12, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 19 and March 26, from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. Qualifying individuals will get free tax-prep assistance from accounting students. Call (678) 466-4527.

Until Tuesday

McNair Productions is accepting registrations for "Women Taking Charge! The Southern Crescent Women's Conference Series," until Tuesday, Feb. 15. Registration is $40, and $50 after Feb. 15. The event will occur on Feb. 26, at 9 a.m., at Carrabbas Italian Grill-Southlake, 1887 Mt. Zion Road, Morrow, and will include professional women panelists. Call (678) 583-6709.

Tuesday

The Road to Tara Museum will host an "Authors Reception," on Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the museum, 104 North Main St., Jonesboro. The event will celebrate authors Ellen Brown and John Wiley, Jr., for their book: "Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind: A Bestseller's Odyssey from Atlanta to Hollywood." Admission is $25. Call (770) 478-4800.

The Collaborative Firm, LLC, will host the "South Metro Development Outlook Conference," on Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 7:30 a.m., to 2 p.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park. The event will serve as a platform to gather professionals interested in examining and discussing issues impacting Atlanta's south region. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will be a featured speaker. The event costs $45 in advance, and $55 at the door. Call (404) 684-7031.

Feb. 16, Feb. 25, March 2, March 7

Clayton State University will have various performances collegiate singers and musicians, at 11:15 a.m., at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, in Morrow. Tickets are $1 at the door. The Emory University Jazz Ensemble will perform on Feb. 16, the Georgia State University Singers will perform on Feb. 25, the Georgia State University Jazz Ensemble will perform on March 2, and the Florida State University Singers will perform on March 7. Call (678) 466-4200.

Feb. 17

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Council will host, "Mixer: ‘Take Five at 5,'" on Feb. 17, at 5 p.m., at Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. The cost is $15 per person. Call (678) 610-4021.

Feb. 19

Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc., and the Archway African American Historical committee, have partnered to host the "African Heritage Day Celebration," on Feb. 19, from 10 a.m., to 1 p.m., at The National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. This is a free event. Both organizations are seeking African-American artifacts, documents and collectibles to be displayed. Call (770) 473-3984.

Psi Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., will present "Savor the Taste," on Feb. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Mundy's Mill High School, 9652 Fayetteville Road, Jonesboro. This is a food and networking event. Individuals will test and rate dishes prepared in the Southern Crescent. Tickets are $10 in advance, for adults and children over the age of 10; $15 at the door; $5 for children from, ages 3 through 10, and free for children ages 2 and under. Visit, http://www.psialphaomega.org/taste.

Feb. 24

Clayton State University will have its "Clayton State University Visiting Writers Reading Series," on Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m., in room No. 265 of James M. Baker University Center, at Clayton State University, in Morrow. The event will feature poet Andrew Zawacki. Visit, http://a-s.clayton.edu/bbyrd/Homepage.htm.

Until Feb. 28

Clayton County Parks and Recreation is currently accepting registrations for the "Men's Basketball Tournament," until Feb. 28, Mondays through Fridays, from 8 a.m., to 9 p.m., and Saturdays, from 9 a.m., to 6 p.m., at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, 3499 Rex Road, Rex. Teams of five, to 11 players are eligible to play, for $125. Cash and checks are accepted. The tournament will be held on March 19. Call Ahmed Johnson, at (770) 472-8042.

The Clayton State University Library will be accepting book donations from the public, until Feb. 28, in the library at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The library is in search of gently-used books. Donors can drop off books during the library's operation hours, Monday, through Thursday, from 8 a.m., to 11 p.m.; Friday, from 8 a.m., to 6 p.m.; Saturday, from 9 a.m., to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, from 1 p.m., to 10 p.m. For large contributions, contact Jennifer Duke, at (678) 466-4332. Call the library, at (678) 466-4325.

Feb. 28

Spivey Hall at Clayton State University will have a "Young People's Concert," in celebration of Black History Month, on Feb. 28, at 11:15 a.m., at Spivey Hall, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The audience will learn about the African-American musical heritage through secular folk songs, with J. Robert Adams, associate professor of vocal studies and operatic productions at Clark Atlanta University, in Atlanta. The event is free and open to the public. Call (678) 466-4200.

March 12

The Arts Clayton Board of Directors will have its "5th Annual Arte Gras Gala," on March 12, at 7 p.m., at the National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. The gala will support the scholarships and arts-in-education programs of Arts Clayton. The event will include musical entertainment, a dinner buffet, prizes and a cocktail hour. The cost is $125 per person, or $1,000 for a table of eight. Call Linda Summerlin, at (770) 473-5831.

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

April 9

The Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc., will host the 18th Annual "Taste of Clayton," on April 9, from 11 a.m., to 3 p.m., in Downtown Jonesboro. The event will include festive booths and entertainment. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, 55 and up, and $5 for children, 10 and under. Call the Clayton County Welcome Center, at (770) 478-4800.

Datebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled staff writer Maria-José Subiria Araúz. To submit , or fax to (770) 472-2060, attention: Datebook.