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Datebook - March 23, 2011

Spivey Hall at Clayton State University will host a "Special Benefit Concert Japan Relief And Recovery" event, on Sunday, March 27, at 3 p.m., at Spivey Hall, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. Grammy Award-winning American violinist, Hilary Hahn, and pianist, Valentina Lisitsa, of Ukraine, will perform. Funds raised at the concert will be used for humanitarian aid to victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, call (678) 466-4200.

Today, March 30

Clayton State University's Small Business Development Center is hosting a "Real World Marketing Series" on Wednesday, March 23 and March 30, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Clayton State--Fayette instructional site, 1200 Commerce Drive, Peachtree City. Topics include: "Moving Forward with Sales and Customer Service," "Harnessing the Power of Facebook," Videos and Viral Marketing," and "Dynamic Web sites and Optimization." The cost for each is $69. Call (678) 466-5100.

Thursday

Ladies of Favor, Inc., will present a free "Herstory ... SisterSpeak Teen Empowerment Panel," on Thursday, March 24, from 6:30, to 8:30 p.m., at Clayton County Headquarters Library, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. Women will share stories of achievement and how they've overcome life obstacles to become successful. Call (404) 246-6385.

There will be a "Community Engagement" event, on Thursday, March 24, from 7, to 8 p.m., at Forest Park Street School, 260 Forest Parkway, Forest Park. The event will inform individuals about Forest Park Street School and Prevention PLUS, Inc. For more information, call (404) 363-9600.

The Clayton County Extension Service will have a free "Noontime Knowledge Class," on Thursday, March 24, at noon, at the Clayton County Extension Office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. The topic is entitled, "Grow your own Vegetables." To register, call (770) 473-5434.

Clayton State University's Clayton State Retirees Association will have its "Fourth Annual Gourmet Dinner & Wine Pairing," on Thursday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m., at the university's Harry S. Downs Center, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The evening will include Italian cooking demonstrations, a five-course Italian dinner with wines paired with each course, and raffled door prizes. Attire is business casual and the cost is $100 per person. Funds will be used to build the endowment of the Clayton State Retirees Scholarship. For more information, or to request an RSVP, call (678) 466-4470.

Until Friday, Saturday

Arts Clayton will showcase the free "13th Congressional District Student Art Competition" exhibit until Friday, March 25, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., at Arts Clayton Gallery, 136 South Main St., Jonesboro. The "Student Award Presentation" of the competition will take place on Saturday, March 19. Visit: www.davidscott.house.gov.

Friday

The Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra will present, "Concerto Festival," on Friday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m., at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. Solo works performed will feature various orchestra members, including Violinist Andres Silva, performing "Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3," flutist Catherine Bull, performing "Bloch's Suite Modale," and Bobby Calmes performing "Hummel Trumpet Concerto." Tickets are $20, adults; $10 for seniors and students. Call (404) 981-7276.

The Frank Bailey Fitness Center will host its first "Spring Fling" event, on Friday, March 25, from 1:30, to 2:30 p.m., at the cafeteria of the Frank Bailey Senior Center, 6213 Riverdale Road, Riverdale. There will be demonstrations of the classes the new fitness center will offer, light refreshments and giveaways. Call (678) 479-5505.

Friday-March 31

The American Cancer Society needs Clayton County residents who have never been diagnosed with cancer, to participate in the Cancer Prevention Study-3. The study will help researchers understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. Those who would like to participate in the study are able to sign up at various locations, including at the Avendale Room of the Glendalough Manor, 200 Glendalough Court, Tyrone, on Friday, March 25, and March 30, from 10 a.m., to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday March 29, from 4, to 7:30 p.m., and March 31, from 2, to 5:30 p.m.; and at the American Cancer Society office, 301 Kelly Drive, Suite 2, Peachtree City, on Saturday, March 26, from 9 a.m., to 12:30 p.m.; and at Piedmont Fayette Hospital Cancer Wellness Center in Building 1267, 1255 Highway 54 West, Suite 3100, Fayetteville, March 31, from 10 a.m., to 1:30 p.m. Call 1-888-604-5888.

Saturday

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

The Georgia Center for Youth and Families, Inc., will have an "Incorporate your new nonprofit; get your 501 (c) 3!" workshop, on Saturday March 26, from 8:30 a.m., to 12:30 p.m., at The Georgia Center for Youth and Families, Inc., 987 Tara Blvd., Suite 230-154, Jonesboro. The course will offer information on how to start a non-profit. The cost of the workshop is $35 per person before Wednesday March 23, and $40 per person after that date. The workshop is limited to 15 people. Call (678) 318-3610, ext. 1.

Rene Marie will sing in a vocal performance entitled, "Voice of My Beautiful Country," on Saturday, March 26, at 8:15 p.m., at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. Marie will sing to jazz music. Tickets are $10 for students at the university, and $40 for individuals. Call (678) 466-4200.

Sunday

The Clayton County Marriage & Family Initiative, Inc., and others, will have a "Black Marriage Day 2011: 'Married and Proud of It'" event on Sunday, March 27, at 7 p.m., at Hidden Lakes, 8039 Creekstone Way, Riverdale. The event will highlight the benefits of married life and promote marriage to Clayton County's black community. The event will include a speaker, dinner and renewal vows. Tickets are $15. Call (404) 429-8288.

Monday-Tuesday

Clayton State University's Department of Recreation and Wellness will hold a free "'Sprint Into Spring' Indoor Duathlon" on Monday, March 28, and Tuesday, March 29, from 2:30, to 5:30 p.m., at the fitness center of the Clayton State Student Activities Center, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The cardiovascular challenge will determine which contestant can bike seven miles and run three miles, the fastest. Those interested in participating can register at the front desk of the Student Activities Center. Contact Scott Bassett, at (678) 466-4975.

Tuesday, April 12, 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 on Tuesday, March 29 and April 12, from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., and on April 19, from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m. 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 31

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will have its "SunTrust Early Bird Breakfast," on March 31, at 7:45 a.m., at the Continuing Education Building of Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The topic is: "State of the County Update," and the guest speaker will be Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell. The cost is $15 for chamber members and member guests, and $25 for non-members. Advanced registration is required. Call (678) 610-4021.

March 31, April 14, 21, 25, May 5

Clayton County Public Schools S. Truett Cathy Professional Learning Center will host free community workshops, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Learning Center, 1087 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. The workshops will include, "Microsoft Word Basics," on March 31; "Microsoft Excel Basics," on April 14; "Resume Writing," on April 21; "Microsoft Powerpoint Basics," on April 25; and "Planning a Career That's Right For You," on May 5. To register for the workshops, call (770) 473-2795.

April 2, 3

There will be an "International Cat Show," on April 2 and April 3, from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m., at the Atlanta State Farmer's Market, 16 Forest Parkway, Forest Park. The cost is $6 for adults and $5 for seniors. Those who donate a can of cat food, will get $1 off the admission price. Cans will be donated to a local animal shelter. Call (404) 675-1782.

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 5

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will have a "Fulton & Kozak, CPA Business to Business Luncheon!" on April 5, 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, "How to Close the Deal," and the guest speaker will be Antonio Smith, of The Sellionaire Group, Inc. The cost is $15 for chamber members and member guests, and $25 for non-members. Call Jessica Kinard at (678) 610-4028.

April 9

The Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with Historical Jonesboro/Clayton County, Inc., will host a "Taste of Clayton," and Sweet Tea Challenge on April 9, from 11 a.m., to 3 p.m., in Downtown Jonesboro. Enter the Sweet Tea Challenge -- the one who can drink a gallon of tea the fastest, wins. Also, if you think you make the best sweet tea, enter and let the judges decide. The event will also include festive booths and entertainment. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, 55 and up, and $5 for children, 10 and under. Limited sponsorships are available. Tickets available at the Clayton County Welcome Center, at (770) 478-4800, or at the event. Enter to win a family pack of four tickets, at: www.news-daily.com.

April 10

The Riverdale Centre for the Arts, Business and Leisure Services will have "The City of Riverdale Bridal Show," on April 10, from 1 to 5 p.m., at 7210 Church St., in Riverdale. Brides will be able to meet premier wedding professionals, including those from bridal boutiques, florists, caterers, and photographers. Admission is $6 at the door. Call (770) 909-5300.

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.

Riverdale Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon will host a free "Easter Egg Hunt & Extravaganza," on April 16, from noon, until 2 p.m., at the Riverdale Town Center, 7210 Church St., Riverdale. Children will be able to collect candy eggs, play in a bounce house, and have opportunities to take photos with the Easter Bunny. Music will also be provided. Call (770) 909-5300.

April 26

Clayton State University's Center for Continuing Education, and the National Archives at Atlanta, will host a "World War II: Stories of the Home Front and Tales from Two Theatres," course on April 26, from 6:30 p.m., to 8:30 p.m., at 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. The cost of the course is $20. To register, call (678) 466-5050, or the National Archives at Atlanta, at (770) 968-2100.

May 5

The City of Riverdale will host a free, "Fiesta de Riverdale," on May 5, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Riverdale Town Center, 7200 Church St., Riverdale. Student art from area schools will be displayed. Food and beverages from businesses will be available for purchase. Call (770) 909-5300.

Until Oct. 30, 31

The Clayton County Water Authority's fishing reservoirs will be open for the fishing season. The Shamrock/Blalock Reservoirs, 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 opened 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.

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.