Clayton State University will hold various events that are free, and open to the public, as part of its "2011 Black History Month Celebration," at the university, located at 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The "Refined Attitude: My Blackitude," event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 6:30, to 8 p.m., in Ballroom A of the university's Student Activities Center. The annual "Walk of Dreams" will take place on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m., in the ballroom of the university's Student Activities Center. Participants will have dinner and listen to music and a motivational message. The event is free for Clayton State students, and $10 for the general public. Call (678) 466-5433. "The Refined Ball: The Black Tie Affair" will be held on Friday, Feb. 25, from 7:30, to 11:30 p.m., at the atrium of the university's Continuing Education Building. The event will feature a live band and musical entertainment. The event is free for students and $10 for the public. For more information, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clayton State University will have its "Clayton State University Visiting Writers Reading Series," on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m., in room 265 of the James M. Baker University Center. The event will feature poet Andrew Zawacki. Visit, http://a-s.clayton.edu/bbyrd/Homepage.htm.
The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will hold a "SunTrust Early Bird Breakfast" Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7:45 a.m., at the Riverdale Centre for the Arts, Business & Leisure Services, 7210 Church St., Riverdale. The cost is $15 for chamber members and member guests, and $25 for non-members. Call (678) 610-4021.
The Clayton County Republican Party will have Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols speak on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m., at Butch's Chicken House, 192 Jonesboro Road, Jonesboro. Echols will have a compressed natural gas car with him. Teens are encouraged to attend. The event is free, though attendees are responsible for their own meals. Contact Della Ashley, at (770) 472-1518.
The Forest Park Street School will have a "Student Talent Soiree," on Thursday, Feb. 24, from 6:30, to 8:30 p.m., at the school, 260 Forest Pkwy., Forest Park. Tickets are $1 for adults. Call (404) 363-9600.
Friday, 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 Georgia State University Singers will perform on Friday, 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.
Saturday, March 19 and March 26
Clayton State University's School of Business will host the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, on Saturday, 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.
The Southern Crescent Chorale will perform a "Mozart's Requiem" concert, on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m., at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for students. Call (678) 466-4200.
Clayton County Parks and Recreation is currently accepting registration for the "Men's Basketball Tournament," until Monday, 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 until Monday, 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 Monday, 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.
The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will have the "Fulton & Kozak, CPA Business to Business Luncheon," on Tuesday, March 1, at 11:30 a.m., at the Community Impact Center of Higher Living Christian Church, 2450 Mt. Zion Parkway, Suite 400, Jonesboro. The topic is: "Tips for Creating a Motivating Sales Routine." The guest speaker will be Marisa Pensa, owner and president of Methods in Motion. Lunch will be served. The cost is $15 for chamber members and member guests, and $25 for non-members. Call (678) 610-4021.
IHOP will host its "National Pancake Day" celebration, on Tuesday, March 1, from 7 a.m., to 10 p.m., at all of its family restaurants. Individuals who make donations to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals will receive a complimentary short stack. The donations will benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. For more information, contact a local IHOP restaurant.
Tuesday, 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 Tuesday, 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.
Until March 8
Ladies of Favor, Inc., a Jonesboro non-profit organization, is in need of individuals, who will be willing to book a vacation, or sponsor a young lady who is part of the organization, for "Vacation With a Purpose." This will be a benefit cruise to Calica, and Cozumel, Mexico, and will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the non-profit organization. For every cabin sold, the Ladies of Favor Mentoring Program will earn $50. Non-refundable cash deposits of $100 will be due March 8. The cruise will take place in April. For more information, call (678) 396-2160.
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 p.m., 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.
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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