The National Archives at Atlanta will present, "Slavery and Freedom in Black and White: The African American Experience in 19th Century Newspapers," on Friday, July 8, from 6 to 7 p.m., at 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (770) 968-2100.
Arts Clayton will have a "Fine Art Friday and Saturday Spark," on Friday, July 8, at 11 a.m., and 1 p.m., at Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. The cost is $5 per person. To reserve space, call (770) 473-5410.
State Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Rex), Safe Kids Clayton County, and Amerigroup Community Care will present a free "Health and Safety Fair," on Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, 3499 Rex Road, Rex. The fair will include blood pressure screenings, safety demonstrations and diabetes screenings. Call (678) 610-7199.
Saturday, July 23, Aug. 6
The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department will have a "Fishing Derby," on Saturday, July 9, July 23 and Aug. 6, from 8 a.m., to noon at "The Beach" of Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138 S.E., Jonesboro. The event is for all ages and the cost is $5 per person. People should bring their own bait and equipment. Call (770) 477-3766.
The Clayton County Library Board of Trustees will hold a regular quarterly meeting on Tuesday, July 12, at 2 p.m., at the Headquarters Branch, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call LaDonna Markland, at (770) 473-3850.
The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will have a "Fulton & Kozak, CPA Business to Business Luncheon," on Tuesday, July 12, from 11:30 a.m., to 1 p.m., at the Community Impact Center of Higher Living Christian Church, 2450 Mt. Zion Parkway, Suite 400, Jonesboro. The topic is entitled, "Alternative Finance Options for Small Businesses." The guest speakers include Scott Brown, vice president of Allegiant Business Finance, and Benjamin Suggs, managing member of Due North Business Advisors, LLC. The cost is $15 for members and member-guests, and $25 for non-members. Call (678) 610-4021.
The Clayton State University School of Graduate Studies will hold its monthly "Graduate Open House," on Tuesday, July 12, from 5:30, to 7 p.m., in room No. 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center at the university, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. Call (678) 466-4113.
The Clayton County Community Services Authority will have a "USCA Commodity Emergency Food Assistance Program," on Wednesday, July 13, at 9 a.m., at 1000 Main St., Forest Park. Food bags will be distributed. The bags will include canned goods, juice, cereal and pasta. Those interested, must show their identification proving their residency in Clayton County. Call (404) 363-0575, ext. 2.
July 14, 28, Aug. 11, 25, Sept. 8, 22
The City of Riverdale will host an "Afterwork Cool Down Music Series," on July 14, July 28, Aug. 11, Aug. 25, Sept. 8, and Sept. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Amphitheater of the Riverdale Town Center, 7200 Church St., Riverdale. Different bands will perform at each free event. Contact Cie Cie McGhee, at (770) 909-5303.
Until July 15
Arts Clayton presents free "PEARLS-The Tin Type Photography of Will Fenn," and "Here and Now," exhibits, until July 15, Tuesdays, through Fridays, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Call (770) 473-5457.
July 16, Aug. 20
Riverdale Cultural Affairs and Leisure Services will have "Riverdale's South City Concert Series," on July 16 and Aug. 20, at 8 p.m., at The Amphitheater of the Riverdale Town Center, 7200 Church St., Riverdale. Tickets are $15 per person for VIP admission, $8 per person for general admission, and $200 per VIP table. Selected bands and entertainers will perform. Call (770) 909-5300.
Until July 29
The City of Riverdale will host free "Friday Night Flicks," every Friday, until July 29, at 8:45 p.m., at the Amphitheater of the Riverdale Town Center, 7200 Church St., Riverdale. Participants should bring blankets and lawn chairs. Contact Cie Cie McGhee, at (770) 909-5303.
Until Aug. 5
Faith Open Door Community Center, Inc., will be offering free summer meals for youths, 18 and under, until Aug. 5, at 213 Arrowhead Blvd., Suite G, Jonesboro. Breakfast will be served from 9 a.m., to 9:30 a.m., and lunch from noon, to 12:30 p.m. These meals are for youths who receive free or reduced lunches at school. Call (678) 786-7923.
Until Aug. 31
The Clayton County Library System will have a free, "Summer Reading Program," until Aug. 31, from 9 a.m., to 9 p.m., at a local Clayton County branch. The program is for infants, to youths 18 years of age. Participants will be able to read and listen to books for fun. Reading logs will be available at the libraries. Call Janice Arcuria, at (770) 210-5238.
Until Oct. 30, 31
The Clayton County Water Authority's fishing reservoirs will be open for the fishing season. The Shamrock/Blalock Reservoir, located at 2610 Shamrock Road, Jonesboro, is open Wednesdays, through Sundays, until Oct. 30, from 7 a.m., to 8 p.m. The J.W. Smith Reservoir, located at 143 Northbridge Road, Hampton, will be open Saturdays, through Wednesdays, until Oct. 31, during the same operation hours. Clayton County residents pay $5 per vehicle, or $30 for a season pass. Residents from other counties pay $10 per vehicle or $40 for a season pass. Call (770) 603-5605.
Clayton County Republicans meet the last Thursday of the month, at 7 p.m., at Jonesboro Rental Center, 7979 Jonesboro Road, Jonesboro. Contact Carl Swensson, at (678) 438-6138.
Jonesboro Olympic Park 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. Volunteers will 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 for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) training, from Clayton County residents. 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 of Clayton County 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. .
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 Clayton County Board of Health-Health Express Flu Clinic will be offering a flu vaccination promotion every workday, from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the Clayton County Board of Health, 1117 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro, until the vaccine runs out. No appointment is necessary. Flu shots will be offered at half price: $10. Medicare, state-employed Cigna and United Healthcare will be accepted. Call (678) 610-7369.
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., and it's located 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 4409 meets the third Thursday of each month, at 10 a.m., at the Frank Bailey Senior Center, 6213 Riverdale Road., 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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