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Soil, Water Conservation District holds meeting

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Thursday

The Clayton County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting, on Thursday, March 3, at 11 a.m., at the Clayton County Extension Office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. Call (770) 761-3020.

Friday

Arts Clayton will have an opening reception for the "13th Congressional Student Art Competition," on Friday, March 4, from 5:30, to 7:30 p.m., at the Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. High School students of the 13th Congressional District will present their best art work in this competition. For more information, visit: www.davidscott.house.gov.

Monday

Clayton State University will have the Florida State University Singers perform, on Monday, March 7, at 11:15 a.m., at Spivey Hall at the university, in Morrow. Tickets are $1 at the door. Call (678) 466-4200.

Monday, March 14, 21, 28

Clayton State University's Small Business Development Center has scheduled a "Money Management Series," on Monday, March 7, March 14, March 21 and March 28, from 1, to 4 p.m., at Clayton State-Fayette in Peachtree City, 1200 Commerce Drive. The workshop series is targeted for small business owners and will cover the fundamentals of maintaining positive money habits. The cost of each workshop is $69, and the series is $299. To register, or for more information visit, www.georgiasbdc.org.

Until Tuesday

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 group. For every cabin sold, the Ladies of Favor Mentoring Program will earn $50. Non-refundable cash deposits of $100 will be due by Tuesday, March 8. The cruise will take place in April. Call (678) 396-2160.

Tuesday, 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 4 p.m., on Tuesday, March 8, March 15, March 22 and April 19; and from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., on March 29 and April 12. 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. Call (678) 466-5100.

March 19 and March 26

Clayton State University's School of Business will host the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, on 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.

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 be done 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 happen on April 23. Each course is $20. To register, call (678) 466-5050, or the National Archives at Atlanta, at (770) 968-2100.

March 12

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.

Until March 16

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, and others, are sponsoring the "Stepping Up To Business," conference, on March 16, from 8 a.m., to 7 p.m., at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. Participants may register in advance until March 15, for $100. The price is $125 the day of the event. To register, visit: www.SBFI.org/registration. For more information, call (678) 610-4021.

Until March 25

Arts Clayton will showcase the free "13th Congressional Student Art Competition," exhibit, until March 25, 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. The "Student Award Presentation" will take place on March 19. For more information, visit, www.davidscott.house.gov.

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.

Ongoing

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, a gift offered as part of the tour package. 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 in Clayton County is in need of volunteers for its Road to Recovery program to drive cancer patients to, and from, their cancer 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, 147 Church St., 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.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Club, Inc., meets every Thursday, at 10 a.m., at the First Christian Church of Morrow, 6475 Mount Zion Blvd., Morrow. Call (404) 563-2577.

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, and responding to emergencies, and disasters. Call (678) 610-7468.

The Clayton County Republicans meet the last Thursday of the month, at 7 p.m., at various locations. Contact Della Ashley, at (770) 472-1518.

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.

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, includes, answering phone calls, fund-raising and writing letters and brochures. Call (404) 631-6416, or e-mail : latcross@yahoo.com.

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