Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen


Arts Clayton will host a free "HISTORY AND HERITAGE" event, on Thursday, June 2, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., at Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Exhibiting artists explore reflections of the past, history and heritage. Call (770) 473-5457.

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will have a "Leadership Clayton Commencement Ceremony," on Thursday, June 2, at 6 p.m., at the Riverdale Centre for the Arts, Business and Leisure Services, at 7210 Church St., Riverdale. The cost is $25 per person and $15 per child under 12 years old. Call (678) 610-4021.

Until Friday

Ladies of Favor, Inc., is accepting registrations for its "A'Lady Academy Summer Empowerment Program," until Friday, June 3. Girls, ages 11 to 17, can participate. The program is held Mondays through Fridays, from June 13, to July 29, at Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church, 122 Watterson St., Jonesboro. The cost includes a $25 non-refundable registration fee, and $50 a week. The program will include breakfast and lunch, and will discuss various topics, such as abstinence, self-esteem and spiritual guidance. Call Gabriell Starr, at (404) 889-6812.

Arts Clayton will have the "Portraits of My Mind-Melissa Holcomb" exhibit until Friday, June 3, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., at Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. Call (770) 473-5457.


Clayton County Family Care will present "Concert for Care," on Saturday, June 4, at 7 p.m., at the amphitheater of The National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. The concert will feature live entertainment provided Robert Ray. Picnic dinners can be reserved and purchased through a restaurant partner. Cocktails will be available for purchase. Free desert waffles will be provided Waffle House. General admission is $30 per person and an additional $10 to reserve a two-top table. Call (404) 213-5868.

Clayton County Parks and Recreation will have a "Movies in the Park" event on Saturday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m., at Flat Shoals Park, 1915 Flat Shoals Road, Riverdale. There will be a showing of "Avatar." Call (770) 477-3766.

There will be a "Quilt N' Fixins Annual Quilt Sale," on Saturday, June 4, at 9 a.m., at Quilt and Fixins, 7986 North Main St., Jonesboro. The sale will benefit the Clayton County Humane Society. There will be about 400 pieces of homemade quilt work. Call (770) 472-0015.

The Literacy For Youth Foundation will present its annual "Young Entrepreneurs Unite" workshop, on Saturday, June 4, from 10:30 a.m., to noon, at the Clayton County Library System's Headquarters Branch, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. The program will teach teens financial and marketing skills. Space is limited. Call (770) 473-3850.

Saturday and June 18

Clayton County Water Authority's Shoal Creek Reservoir will be open on Saturday, June 4, and June 18, from 7 a.m., to 3 p.m. Shoal Creek Reservoir is located off of Hampton Road and Ellison Road, in Jonesboro. The reservoir is only open for Clayton County residents with season passes, and is only open for boat fishing. Call (770) 603-5605.

Monday-June 10

The Athletics Department at Clayton State University will have a track and field camp, from Monday, June 6, to June 10, from 9 a.m., to noon, at the Southern Crescent Stadium, 6231 Garden Walk Blvd., Riverdale. The camp is geared for youth ages 6 to 16. The cost is $75 per child. On site registration, on June 6, will be $85 per camper. Visit,

Monday-Aug. 5

Faith Open Door Community Center, Inc., will be offering free summer meals for youths ages 18 and under, from Monday, June 6, to 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.


The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will have a "Fulton Kozak, CPA Business to Business Luncheon," on Tuesday, June 7, 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 titled, "How To Find A Grant." The guest speakers include Joy Holmes, of The Georgia Center for Nonprofits, and Sherry Turner, of the Clayton County Library System. The cost is $15 for members and member guests, and $25 for non-members. Call (678) 610-4021.


The Clayton County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 8, at 11 a.m., at the Clayton County Extension Office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. Call (770) 761-3020.

June 16

Clayton County Marriage and Family will have a "Marriage & Family Day," on June 16, from 6, to 9 p.m., on the lawn of the Historical Courthouse, 121 South McDonough St., Jonesboro. Call Shenita Scott at (404) 429-8288.

Until Aug. 6

The Clayton County Library System will have a free, "Summer Reading Program," until Aug. 6, 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.


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 to spay and neuter cats. Call (770) 455-7077, or visit

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:

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, for $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.

Datebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled staff writer Maria-José Subiria Araúz. To submi, or fax to (770) 472-2060, attention: Datebook.