Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

The City of Riverdale will host a free event, "Fiesta de Riverdale," on Thursday, 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.

The Clayton County Ministers' Conference will host "The 12th Annual Clayton County National Day of Prayer Breakfast Program," on Thursday, May 5, from 6:30 a.m., to 8:30 a.m., at the National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. The guest speaker will be Harold Melton, justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia. Tickets are $15. Call Rev. Mike Glanton, at (678) 479-7730.

Clayton County Public Schools S. Truett Cathy Professional Learning Center will host a free "Planning a Career That's Right For You" event on Thursday, May 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Learning Center, 1087 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. To register, call (770) 473-2795.

The Clayton County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 5, at 11 a.m., at the Clayton County Extension Office, 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. Call (770) 761-3020.

Until Friday

The Clayton County Board of Health will extend its tetanus, diptheria and acellular pertussis (TDAP) vaccination drive, until Friday, May 6, from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m. The Board of Health will offer the TDAP vaccine at $10 per dose to underinsured and uninsured people. The discount is only available for childcare workers. Call (678) 610-7424.

Until Friday, May 26

The Clayton County Water Authority's Newman Wetlands Center will host various events throughout the month of May, at 2755 Freeman Road, Hampton. There will be a "River of Words Student Art & Poetry Competition" exhibit until Friday, May 6, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m. The exhibit will showcase artwork and poetry of the 2010 Georgia winning entries from students in kindergarten, through 12th-grade. The "Amphibian Monitoring Workshop" will occur on May 26, from 6:30, to 9 p.m. Participants will learn about volunteer frog and salamander monitoring. People, ages 10 and up. can participate. For more information, visit,, or contact Harold Harbert, at (404) 675-1635.


The Clayton County Humane Society will be have a yard sale on Saturday, May 7, beginning at 8 a.m. It will be held in the parking lot of the Jonesboro High School Vocational Building. Items for sale include: furniture, appliances, electronics, books, children's toys and much more. Call the Clayton Humane Society at (770) 471-9436.

The Clayton County Library System, in partnership with The Decorum Group, Inc., will have a "Poised Youth Program Children's Etiquette Training," on Saturday, 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.

REAL Parents, Inc., will sponsor a "Dancing and Dining at Hidden Lakes," event, on Saturday, May 7, from 7, to 11 p.m., at Hidden Lakes, 8039 Creekstone Way, Riverdale. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door. The event will include live entertainment, cocktails and a silent auction. The event will assist in raising funds for parents in need of jobs. Visit,, or call (404) 327-5118.

There will be a "Clayton County Master Gardener Plant Sale," on Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m., to 2 p.m., at Jonesboro First United Methodist Church, 142 South Main St., Jonesboro. The yard sale is a fund-raiser for the Clayton County Master Gardeners. Call (770) 473-5434.

Saturday, May 21, June 4, 18

Clayton County Water Authority's Shoal Creek Reservoir will be open on Saturday, May 7, May 21, 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.


The Forest Park Branch of the Clayton County Library System will hold auditions for a "Glee Club," on Tuesday, May 10, from 5:30, to 7:30 p.m., at 696 Main St., Forest Park. Youths 12 and up, are eligible to audition. The club is in search of people who can sing, dance, play an instrument or contribute other talents. Youths must register to audition by e-mailing Lyndon Batiste, at, or by contacting Sandy Rutkowski, at (404) 366-0850.

May 15

The Clayton County Water Authority will host an "Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Watching Field Trip," on May 15, from 8, to 11 a.m., at Newman Wetlands Center, 2755 Freeman Road, Hampton. The field trip will focus on migratory song birds, shore birds and raptors. Binoculars are required. Call (770) 603-5606.

May 19

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will have its "Sixth Annual Women in Business Luncheon," on May 19, at 11:30 a.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park. The keynote speaker will be Karen Brewer-Edwards, a regional general manager for Walmart Stores, Inc. The cost of the event is $450 for a table of 10, or $45 per person. Advanced registration is required. Call (678) 610-4021.

Until May 20

Spivey Hall at Clayton State University is taking registrations for its annual "Summer Music Camp," until May 20. The camp targets students who will be in the fourth-, to seventh-grade levels for the 2011-2012 school year. Previous choral experience is not required. The camp will feature singing, sight reading and music theory. The cost is $150 per student. It will take place from June 13, to June 17, from 9:30 a.m., to 3:30 p.m., at Spivey Hall, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. To register visit,, or call (678) 466-4481.

May 21

The Decorum Group, Inc., will have a "Celebrating YOU!" teen emotional intelligence program, on May 21, from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m., at Sequoya Middle School, 95 Valley Hill Road, Riverdale. The registration fee is $15 and lunch will be provided. Call (404) 704-2197.

Until June 1

Clayton State University Athletics is accepting registrations for the " 'NCAA National Champions' Golf Tournament," until June 1. The tournament will take place on June 10, at 11: 30 a.m., at the Lake Spivey Golf Club, 8255 Club House Way, Jonesboro. The cost to participate is $100 per person, or $380 for a team of four people. Call Pat Keane, at (678) 466-4678.

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 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.

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.