Photo by Hugh Osteen

Photo by Hugh Osteen

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will have its "Sixth Annual Women in Business Luncheon," on Thursday, 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 is $450 for a table of 10, or $45 per person. Advanced registration is required. Call (678) 610-4021.

Until Friday

Spivey Hall at Clayton State University is taking registrations for its annual "Summer Music Camp," until Friday, May 20. The camp targets students who will be in the fourth-, to seventh-grade in 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, and 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.


Bringing It Back Productions will present, "Old School Oldies But Goodies, Revue .." on Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m., at The Palace Banquet Hall, 188 North Ave., Jonesboro. Seniors will participate in activities, which include networking, playing card games and watching old movies. A buffet will also be included. Admission is $15. Call (770) 461-4856.

Friday, Saturday

Blues Burgers, a restaurant inside Super H-Mart, will hold its re-grand opening celebration on Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m., to 6 p.m., at the Super H-Mart parking lot, 6335 Highway 85, Riverdale. There will be a barbecue, raffles, music, local vendors and a children's area. Blues Burgers will be making a donation to The Decorum Group, Inc. For more details, visit:


The Decorum Group, Inc., will have a "Celebrating YOU!" teen emotional intelligence program, on Saturday, 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.

Community Support Services of the Clayton Center will host the "Spring Yard Sale," on Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m., to 3 p.m., at Community Support Services, 217 Stockbridge Road, Jonesboro. Household, kitchen and bedroom items will be on sale. Other items include small electronics, wood crafts, fabrics, curtains, toys and clothes. Contact Loqueta Wicker or Peggy McIntyre, at (770) 471-4617.

The Clayton County Library System will have a Friends of the Library books sale, on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the Headquarters Branch, 865 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. Contact LaDonna Markland, at (770) 473-3850.

The Adolescent Health and Youth Development Department of the Clayton County Board of Health will host its free "Teen Summit/Expo," on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m., 3 p.m., at the Morrow Center, 1180 Southlake Circle, Morrow. The event will include entertainment, informative teen and parent workshops and food. For more information, contact Janet Matthews, at (678) 610-7528.

The Forest Park High School Cheerleaders will have a fund-raising event on Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m., to 1 p.m., at the back of the Forest Park High School building, 5452 Phillips Drive, Forest Park. The squad will raise funds for the squads' co-ed cheerleading competition and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Call (404) 362-3890.

Keep Forest Park Beautiful will be cleaning the north side of the city, on Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m., to noon. The clean-up will start at Paradise Church of God in Christ, 4234 Hendrix Drive, Forest Park. The event will provide volunteers with instructions and food. Call Edie Yongue at (404) 361-3955.

Violinist Cecylia Arzewski will present her second, "Spivey Hall Spring Bach Festival" recital, on Saturday, May 21, at 8:15 p.m., at Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. Tickets are $25 per person. Call (678) 466-4200.

Saturday, June 4, 18

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

Saturday-Aug. 6

The Clayton County Library System will have a free, "Summer Reading Program," from Saturday, May 21, to Aug. 6, from 9 a.m., to 9 p.m., at a local Clayton County branch. The program is for infants, to youths 18 years of age. Participants will be able to read and listen to books for fun. Reading logs will be available at the libraries. Call Janice Arcuria, at (770) 210-5238.


Clayton State University will have a "Gone With the Wind-True Stories from Jonesboro" course on Sunday, May 22, at 1:30 p.m., at the Harry S. Downs Center of the university, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The cost of the course is $20. To enroll, or for more details, call (678) 466-5050.


The Prostate Cancer Information Group will meet on Tuesday, May 24, at 7 p.m., at the Cancer Wellness Center of Piedmont-Fayette Hospital, 1255 Highway 54 West, Fayetteville. The program will include a video about the power of sustainable changes in diet and lifestyle. Call Jim O'Hara, at (770) 632-2898.

May 26

The Clayton County Water Authority's Newman Wetlands Center will host the "Amphibian Monitoring Workshop," on May 26, from 6:30, to 9 p.m., at 2755 Freeman Road, Hampton. Participants will learn about volunteer frog and salamander monitoring. People, ages 10 and up, can participate. Visit:, or contact Harold Harbert, at (404) 675-1635.

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host a "SunTrust Early Bird Breakfast," on May 26, at 7:45 a.m., at the Oakwood Cafe, 16 Forest Parkway, Building 1, Forest Park. The topic: "Georgia Department of Agriculture Update," with guest speaker Gary Black, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture. The cost is $15 for members and member-guests, and $25 for non-members. Advanced registration is required. Call (678) 610-4021.

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 is $100 per person, or $380 for a team of four. 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 June 3

Ladies of Favor, Inc., is accepting registrations for its "A'Lady Academy Summer Empowerment Program," until June 3. Girls, ages 11 to 17, can participate. The program id held Mondays through Fridays, from June 13, to July 29, at Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church, 122 Watterson St., Jonesboro. The cost includes a $25 non-refundable registration fee, and $50 a week. The program will include breakfast and lunch, and will discuss various topics, such as abstinence, self-esteem and spiritual guidance. Call Gabriell Starr, at (404) 889-6812.

Arts Clayton will have the "Portraits of My Mind-Melissa Holcomb," exhibit until June 3, 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. Call (770) 473-5457.

June 4

Clayton County Family Care will present "Concert for Care," on June 4, at 7 p.m., at the amphitheater of The National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. The concert will feature live entertainment provided by Robert Ray. Picnic dinners can be reserved and purchased through a restaurant partner. Cocktails will be available for purchase. Free desert waffles will be provided by Waffle House. General admission is $30 per person and an additional $10 to reserve a two-top table. Call (404) 213-5868.

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.


Project CatSnip spays and neuters cats once a month at the Animal Control Center of the Clayton County Police Department, at 1396 Government Circle, Jonesboro. It offers vaccinations for dogs and cats every other month. Appointments must be made to spay and neuter cats. For price, schedule and other information call (770) 455-7077, or visit

Faith Open Door Community Center, Inc., holds a free "Making A Difference," class on Tuesdays, from 6:30, to 7:30 p.m.; and a free "Too Good For Drugs," course, Thursdays, from 6, to 6:45 p.m., at 213 Arrowhead Blvd., Suite F, Jonesboro. For more information call (770) 472-8371.

The Clayton County Visiting Friends Program is in need of volunteers. Volunteers will spend time with people who the courts have declared as incapacitated. Many are housed in facilities and do not have family or friends to visit them. Contact Veronica Beasley, at (770) 477-3299.

The Atlanta Regional Commission is accepting applications for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) training, from Clayton County residents. WIA provides training for people who are jobless and want to change career paths, or whose skills need improvement to obtain a job. Certain eligibility and income requirements must be met. For more information, visit:

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, including: answering phone calls, fund-raising and writing letters and brochures. Call (404) 631-6416, or e-mail:

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