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Free 'HUD Homes Fair' today at Clayton State

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Today

Clayton State University will host a free "HUD Homes Fair" on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 11:30 a.m., to 12:30 p.m., in the ballroom of the Clayton State Student Activities Center at the university, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The fair will provide information on available HUD [U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development] homes, special programs and financing options, and is open to the public. Individuals must register visiting http://hudhomesfair.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact The Real Estate Gallery of Georgia, LLC., at (678) 644-1712.

The Clayton County Marriage and Family Initiative will hold its "2011 Quarterly Meeting," on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 11 a.m., to noon, at the conference room of the Clayton County Police Department Headquarters Building, 7911 North McDonough St., Jonesboro. The meeting will share upcoming plans to promote, equip and strengthen healthy marriages and families. To RSVP, or for more information, call (404) 429-8288.

Thursday

Clayton State University will have an "Inaugural School of Business Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series," on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The series is free and open to the public. The speaker will be W. Cliff Oxford, CEO of Entrepreneur Advisors, Inc. The topic of the speech is: "The Rise of Entrepreneurism—the Bubble that will not Burst." Reservations are required. Contact Wanda Bender, at (678) 466-4528.

There will be an "Increase Grant Funding with Public Relations" workshop on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 6:30, to 8:30 p.m., at Positive Press PR, 186 North Ave., Suite 106, Jonesboro. Individuals will learn how public relations can assist in building credibility, to increase chances in grant funding. The workshop is $35 per person, and space is limited. To RSVP, call (770) 471-9161.

The Southern Crescent Democratic Women will meet on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m., at Pizza Hut, 7157 Mount Zion Blvd., Morrow. The meeting is open to the public. Call Gail Buckner at (770) 473-9039.

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will have its "SunTrust Early Bird Breakfast," on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7:45 a.m., at First Baptist Church Jonesboro, 147 Church St., Jonesboro. The topic is: "2011 Municipalities Economic Development Update." Admission is $15 for chamber members and member guests, and $25 for non-members. Advanced registration is required. Call (678) 610-4021.

Clayton State University will have the first "New York Times Talk of 2011," on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 11:30 a.m., to 12:30 p.m., at room 152 of Clayton Hall at the university, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. Nikki Finlay, associate professor of economics at the university, will lead the topic: "Assessing the 2010 Tax Deal." Lunch will be provided. The event is open to the public. Contact Joseph Corrado, professor of political science, at (678) 466-4803.

The Clayton County Extension Office will hold a free "Noontime Knowledge Class," on Thursday, Jan. 27, at noon at the office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. The ' topic is: "The Garden that never sleeps-Color through the year." The class will discuss how individuals can create interesting gardens for all four seasons. Participants must register. To register, call (770) 473-5434.

Until Saturday

Feed My People, Inc., is currently registering adults for its "Stand To Get Fit" program, until Saturday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m., at Feed My People, 6045 North Henry Blvd., Suite C, Stockbridge. The main objectives of the program are to encourage exercise, healthy eating and vocalizing the importance of healthy living. The cost of the program is $10 a month. Call (678) 565-7800.

Saturday

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will have its "57th Annual Banquet," on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m., at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel Atlanta Airport, 1900 Sullivan Road, College Park. The induction of the chamber's 2011 Board of Directors and presentations of its annual awards will take place. The cost is $100 per person or $1,000 per table. Advanced registration is required. Call (678) 610-4021.

Clayton State University's Spivey Hall will continue its series of recitals with a performance organist Todd Wilson, on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m., at Spivey Hall, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. His program includes, a Karg-Elert chorale improvisation on "In dulce jubilo," a J.S. Bach passacaglia and fugue in C minor, and a David Conte soliloquy. Tickets are $30 and available at the Spivey Hall Box Office. For more information, call (678) 466-4200.

The Ladies of Favor Mentoring Program will have its "4th Anniversary Luncheon," on Saturday, Jan. 29, from noon, to 2 p.m., at Hidden Lakes, 8039 Creek Stone Way, Riverdale. The event will highlight how the non-profit organization has changed lives, built character and made a difference for young girls. Admission is $10. The event is free for children ages 5 and under. Participants should dress in semi-formal attire. For more information, or to RSVP, call (404) 246-6385.

Saturday, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5

The Hampton Youth Club will register youths interested in playing baseball or softball in the spring, on Saturday, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at the Hampton Train Depot, located at East Main St., Hampton. Call (770) 946-8742.

Sunday

Clayton State University's Spivey Hall will have a free "Invitation to a Voyage: Songs of the Sea," concert, on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m., at Spivey Hall, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. Tenor Kurt-Alexander Zeller and pianist Michiko Otaki, will perform songs of the Mediterranean cultures of Spain, France and Catalonia. Call (678) 466-4200.

Until Monday

The American Red Cross is seeking blood donors, until Monday, Jan. 31, as part of "National Blood Donor Month." During this time of year, blood supplies often fall to the lowest level. Those interested in donating, should schedule an appointment, calling 1-800-733-2767.

Tuesday

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, will have its "Fulton Kozak, CPA Business to Business Luncheon," on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 11:30 a.m., at Higher Living Community Impact Center, 2450 Mt. Zion Parkway, Suite 400, Jonesboro. The luncheon's topic is: "New Tax Updates for Small Businesses." The guest speaker will be John Kozak, a tax partner for Fulton Kozak, CPA. The cost is $15 for chamber members and member guests, and $25 for non-members. Call (678) 610-4021.

Feb. 10

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 basketball game, the Clayton State Homecoming King and Queen will be announced. For ticket prices, call (678) 466-4678.

Feb. 12

The Southlake Kiwanis Club will sponsor the annual "Freedom Run 5K and 10K," on 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. The event is also open to the public. For more, contact the Office of Alumni Relations, at (678) 466-4477.

Until Feb. 15

McNair Productions is accepting registrations for "Women Taking Charge! The Southern Crescent Women's Conference Series," until 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. The event will include professional women panelists. Call (678) 583-6709.

Feb. 15

The Road to Tara Museum will host an "Authors Reception," on 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." The event will include a wine-and-cheese reception. Admission is $25. Call (770) 478-4800.

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, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., 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. For more information, or to donate, call (770) 473-3984.

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.

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. To submit , or fax to (770) 472-2060, attention: Datebook.