Wednesday, 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 the university, in Morrow. Tickets are $1 at the door. The Emory University Jazz Ensemble will perform on Wednesday, 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.
The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Council will host, "Mixer: ‘Take Five at 5,'" on Thursday, 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.
Clayton State University's Service Learning Series will discuss the challenges faced the senior population, on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 11:30 a.m., in room UC 262 of the James M. Baker University Center. The free event is open to the public. Call LaShanda Hardin, at (678) 466-5424.
Thursday, Sunday, Tuesday
Clayton State University will continue its "2011 Black History Month Celebration," conducting several events that are free and open to the public, in the ballroom of the Student Activities Center of the university, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The event entitled, "On the Other Side of the Track: Segregation versus Integration," will occur on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. "The Fourth Annual Black History Month Gospel Explosion," will take place on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. The "Refined Class: Etiquette Course," will occur on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants will learn social graces and table etiquette. Call (678) 466-4000.
The Clayton County Soil and Water Conservation District will sponsor its annual tree seedling giveaway, on Friday, Feb. 18, from noon to 3 p.m., at the Clayton County Extension Service Office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. This event is being held in honor of Georgia's Arbor Day. Call Tom Bonnell, at (770) 473-5434.
Clayton State University's philosophy faculty and Department of Humanities will host the "Fourth Annual Southeast Philosophy Congress," on Friday, Feb. 18, and Saturday, Feb. 19, in room UC 327 of the James M. Baker University Center, in Morrow. Registration for both dates begins at 9 a.m. The event on Friday begins at 10:15 a.m., and on Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. The program is free and open to the public. Call Alexander Hall, at (678) 466-4846.
Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc., and the Archway African American Historical committee, have partnered to host the "African Heritage Day Celebration," on Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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.
The Clayton County Sheriff's Office will have a "Clayton County Residents, Sheriff Kimbrough Wants to Speak With You," event on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at a substation located at G.W. Northcutt Elementary School, 5451 West Fayetteville Road, College Park. Sheriff Kem Kimbrough will listen to the needs and concerns of county residents. Call (770) 471-1122.
Saturday, 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. 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. Call (678) 466-4527.
Clayton State University's African American Studies Program will have its "African-American Lecture Series," on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m., to 12:30 p.m., in room No. 272 of the James M. Baker University Center at the university, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. Elisabeth and Afemo Omilami will be speaking. The event is free and open to the public. Call (678) 466-4000.
Tuesday, March 22, April 26
Clayton State University's Center for Continuing Education and the National Archives at Atlanta will host a series of history courses at the archives, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. "Stories of the Civil Rights Era," will occur on Tuesday, Feb. 22; "Stories of the Great Depression," will take place on March 22, and "World War II: Stories of the Home Front and Tales from Two Theatres," will occur on April 23. Each course is $20. To register, call (678) 466-5050, or the National Archives at Atlanta, at (770) 968-2100.
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 the James M. Baker University Center. 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 registration 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, 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, in Morrow. The library is in search of gently-used books. Donors can drop off books during operation hours, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m., to 11 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m., to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m., to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m., to 10 p.m. For large contributions, contact Jennifer Duke, at (678) 466-4332. Call the library, at (678) 466-4325.
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 1, March 8, March 15, March 22, March 29, April 12, 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 from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., on March 1, March 29 and April 12, and from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m., on March 8, March 15, March 22 and April 19. 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 www.Georgiasbdc.org/growthventure. To register, or for more information, call (678) 466-5100.
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.
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.
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