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Annual Arte Gras Gala this Saturday

Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

The Arts Clayton Board of Directors will have its "5th Annual Arte Gras Gala," on Saturday, March 12, at 7 p.m., at the National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. The event will support the scholarships and arts-in-education programs of Arts Clayton. It 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.

The Foundation for Wellness Professionals and Southmetro Chiropractic Center, Inc., will host a food drive for Rainbow House, Inc., a non-profit organization in Morrow, on Saturday, March 12, from 11 a.m., to 3 p.m., at Kroger, 8059 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro. Call Heather Chaney at (770) 478-5700.

Monday, March 21, 28

Clayton State University's Small Business Development Center has scheduled a "Money Management Series," on Monday, March 14, March 21 and March 28, from 1, to 4 p.m., at Clayton State-Fayette in Peachtree City, 1200 Commerce Drive. The 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, visit: www.georgiasbdc.org.

Tuesday, 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 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.

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. Call (678) 610-4021.

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 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.

Until March 25

Arts Clayton will showcase the free "13th Congressional District 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. 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.

April 16

Former State Rep. Mike Glanton will present the "Clayton County Cultural Celebration 2011," from 7, to 10 p.m., at the Clayton County Schools Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro. The event will help raise funds for several non-profit organizations in the community. Admission is $10, and limited complimentary tickets are available to non-profit groups. Contact Glanton, at (678) 479-7730.

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.

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.