Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

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:


Clayton State University's Small Business Development Center is hosting a "Real World Marketing Series" on Wednesday, 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.

Clayton State University College of Arts and Sciences' Deans Diversity Initiatives Committee will hold a presentation of its free "Brown Bag" lecture series, on Wednesday, March 30, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., in room UC 268 of the James M. Baker University Center at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The lecture series is titled, "The Tunisian Jasmine Revolution:Local and Global Implications." For more information, e-mail Khedija Gadhoum, at

Today, Thursday

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 Wednesday, March 30, from 10 a.m., to 1:30 p.m., and Thursday, March 31, from 2, to 5:30 p.m.; and at Piedmont Fayette Hospital Cancer Wellness Center in Building 1267, 1255 Highway 54 West, Suite 3100, Fayetteville, on Thursday, from 10 a.m., to 1:30 p.m. Call 1-888-604-5888.


The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will have its "SunTrust Early Bird Breakfast," on Thursday, 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.

Erica Dotson, assistant professor of teacher education at Clayton State University, will facilitate a "New York Times Talk at Clayton State," on Thursday, March 31, from 11:30 a.m., to 12:30 p.m., in room T152 of Clayton Hall at the university, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The theme is "Bilingual Education: Friend or Foe? You Decide." The event is free and open to the public. A free lunch will be provided by the New York Times. Contact Joseph Corrado, at (678) 466-4803.

The Clayton County Republican Committee will hold a regular monthly meeting, on Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m., at the Jonesboro Rental Center, 7979 Jonesboro Road, Jonesboro. The meeting is open to the public. Call Carl Swensson, at (678) 438-6138.

Thursday, 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 Thursday, 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.

Friday-April 30

Curves will participate in the "13th Annual Curves Food Drive," from Friday, April 1, to April 30, Mondays through Fridays, from 8:30 a.m., to 1 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., to 7 p.m. , at 9434 South Main St., Suite No. 1400, Jonesboro. The gym is collecting non-perishable food and cash donations to benefit area food banks. Women who donate will get a chance to join Curves and have their membership fee waived from Monday, April 4, to April 17. Call (770) 473-0200.


Riverdale City Councilman Kenny Ruffin, and representatives of other organizations, will sponsor the "Hushed No More," event, designed to combat child sex trafficking. It is scheduled for Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., at the Riverdale Centre for the Arts, Business and Leisure Services, 7210 Church St., Riverdale. Those interested in attending the free event, need to pre-register by visiting,

Saturday, Sunday

There will be an "International Cat Show," on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, 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.

Saturday-April 18

The Clayton County Library System will not charge any overdue fines, if overdue items are returned from Saturday, April 2, to April 18, to any of Clayton County's six library locations during their normal operating hours. There is no limit on how long the items have been overdue or how many are being returned, though items must be in good condition. Call Terran McCanna, at (770) 473-3850, ext. 247.

Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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.


The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will have a "Fulton & Kozak, CPA Business to Business Luncheon!" on Tuesday, 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 : "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.

The Fine Arts and Crafts Entrepreneurs will hold a meeting, on Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m., at the Towne Club Center, 201 Crosstown Drive, in Peachtree City. The meeting is open to the public. For more details, call (404) 290-3638.

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 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 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 Call (678) 466-5100.

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.

Until April 29

Arts Clayton will have a free "DISCOVERIES IN GLASS," exhibit, until April 29, 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 audience will learn the many facets of this medium, through various Atlanta artists. For more information, call (770) 473-5457.

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 June 2

Arts Clayton will have a free, "HISTORY AND HERITAGE" event, until June 2, 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. Exhibiting artists explore reflections of the past, history and heritage. Call (770) 473-5457.

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, or fax to (770) 472-2060, attention: Datebook.