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Today

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will hold its "SunTrust Early Bird Breakfast," on Thursday, July 28, at 7:45 a.m., at the Continuing Education Building of Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., in Morrow. The topic is entitled, "Clayton County Public Schools Update." Edmond Heatley, superintendent of Clayton County Public Schools, will be the guest speaker. The is $15 for members and their guests, and $25 for non-members. Call (678) 610-4021.

The City of College Park will have a "Club E (Entrepreneur) Chapter Meeting," on Thursday, July 28, from 6:30, to 8:30 p.m., at the council chambers of College Park City Hall, 3667 Main St., College Park. The meeting is free and open to the public. Call (770) 664-4824.

The Clayton County Republican Party's monthly meeting will be held, on Thursday, July 28, 2011, at 7 p.m., at the Jonesboro Rental Center, 7979 Jonesboro Road. ContactCarl Swensson, at (678)438-6138.

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The City of Riverdale will host an "Afterwork Cool Down Music Series," on Thursday, July 28, Aug. 11, Aug. 25, Sept. 8, and Sept. 22, from 6 p.m., 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.

Friday

The City of Riverdale will host free "Friday Night Flicks," on Friday, 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.

The Metro Atlanta Urban Farm in College Park will present, "Fresh Fridays Farmers Market," on Friday July 29, from 10:30 a.m., to 2 p.m., at the College Park-Train Depot in the city's Downtown area. All products are chemical-free and organically grown. Call (404) 767-1537.

Saturday

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department will have a free "Movies in the Park" event, on Saturday, July 30, at 9 p.m., at the Panhandle Park, 109930 Panhandle Road, Jonesboro. There will be a showing of the movie "How to Train Your Dragon." Call (770) 477-3766.

The Jonesboro Farmers Market and the Clayton County Extension Office will have a free "Food Preservation-Preserving Summer" program, on Saturday, July 30, at 10 a.m., at the Jonesboro Fire House Museum and Community Center, 103 West Mill St., Jonesboro. To reserve a space, contact Tom Bonnell, at (770) 473-5434.

Saturday, Aug. 27

The Friends of the Library will have a "Buy-One-Get-One Free Used-Book Sale," on Saturday, July 30, and Aug. 27, from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the Clayton County Library System's Headquarters Branch, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. People can purchase a book for $2, $3 and $5, and get one free, of equal or lesser value. Call (770) 473-3850.

Until Sunday

The Georgia Public Library Service and the Path2College 529 Plan have partnered to offer the "Destination College Savings Sweepstakes," until Sunday, July 31. Families can enter their children for a chance to win $5,529 toward a Path2College 529 savings account. To participate, or for more information, visit the Path2College web site, at www.path2college529.com.

Until Wednesday

The Clayton State University Small Business Development Center will be accepting registrations for its "Growing Your Business with Google" workshop, until Wednesday, Aug. 3. Space is limited and registration is $49 per person. A Google certified trainer will demonstrate how Google tools can help businesses reach more customers. The workshop will take place on Aug. 4, from 9 a.m., to noon, at the School of Business, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. To sign up, visit, http://www.georgiasbdc.org.

Wednesday

The Clayton Center's Child & Adolescent program will host a "Back to School Bash," on Wednesday, Aug. 3, from noon, to 3 p.m., at 6315 Garden Walk Blvd., Riverdale. Guest speakers and several county government agencies will be present to provide information. School supplies will be distributed. Contact Johnnie Watkins, at (770) 991-7420.

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.

Aug. 6

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department will have a "Fishing Derby," on 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.

Aug. 20

Riverdale Cultural Affairs and Leisure Services will have "Riverdale's South City Concert Series," on 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 Aug. 27, Sept. 3

The Caribbean Association of Georgia is looking for vendors for its "South Metro Caribbean Festival," until Aug. 27. The association needs for vendors who will provide, food, arts and crafts and promotions. Prices range from $50, to $300. Vendors of non-profit organizations can reserve a space for free. The festival will occur on Sept. 3, from noon, to 8 p.m., at "The Beach" of Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138 S.E., Jonesboro. The admission cost is $10 per person and parking is free. The festival includes entertainment, and food will be provided at a cost. A fireworks display will take place after the event. Call Jackie Watson, at (678) 464-0680.

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.

Pacific Intercultural Exchange will be accepting host families for its academic semester and year "homestay" programs, until Aug. 31. The international students will be ages 15 to 18. The students are able to speak English and will bring their own spending money. Students will have accident and health insurance. For more information, call 1-866-546-1402.

Until Sept. 24

The Jonesboro Farmers Market will take place Tuesdays, 11 a.m., to 1 p.m.,. and Saturdays, from 8 a.m., to noon, until Sept. 24, at the parking lot across the street from the Jonesboro Fire House Museum, 103 West Mill St., Jonesboro. Call (770) 473-5434.

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.

Ongoing

The Clayton County Board of Health is looking for organizations interested in offering their "Community Voices for Youth" forums. These forums will allow groups to share information on their organization's history, mission, structure, successes and needs, in an effort to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with the Board of Health. Contact Teriwanda Hayes, at (678) 479-2220.

Jonesboro Olympic Park AARP 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. Call (404) 631-6416, or e-mail: latcross@yahoo.com.

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.

Datebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled by staff writer M.J. Subiria Arauz. To submit an item for publication, e-mail marauz@news-daily.com, or fax to (770) 472-2060, attention: Datebook.