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Datebook - October 20, 2011

Today

Southern Regional Medical Center will provide late-night screening digital mammograms on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Women’s Center at Spivey Station, 7813 Spivey Station Blvd., Jonesboro, as well as the Women’s Life Center at Southern Regional, 11 Upper Riverdale Road S.W., in Riverdale. To schedule an appointment, call (770) 991-8144.

CSU President Tim Hynes will introduce the implementation of the university’s strategic plan at a “launch party” on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 4 to 5 p.m., in the ballroom of CSU’s Student Activities Center, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The event is free and open to the public. Call (678) 466-4000.

The Service Learning Series, sponsored by Clayton State University Campus Life, will have a discussion about the daily challenges and misunderstandings faced by the disabled, on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 11:30 a.m., at CSU’s James M. Baker University Center, 2000 Clayton State Blvd. The public is welcome to attend. Call (678) 466-4000.

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will host a free event, the Showcase Clayton Business & Community Expo, on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Recreation Outreach Center of the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, 148 Church St., in Jonesboro. Call (678) 610-4021.

Until Friday

The public can register for the free “Securus House Conference for Domestic Violence Awareness,” until Friday, Oct. 21. The event will occur on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Community Room of the Virginia Burton Gray Recreation Center, 1475 East Fayetteville Road, Riverdale. Refreshments will be served. Call (770) 477-3208.

Friday

NAACP’s State of the Branch event, “Affirming America’s Promise,” will be held Friday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the National Archives at Atlanta, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow. There will be entertainment, exhibits and vendors. It is open to the public. Call (770) 471-0669.

Friday-Saturday

There will be a “Nightmare on Church Street Haunted House,” on Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8 to 11 p.m., at the Riverdale Centre, 7210 Church St., Riverdale. Admission is $5 per person, and it’s appropriate for all ages. Cash will only be accepted as a form of payment. Call (770) 909-5300.

Friday-Saturday, Monday

The Forest Park Library Branch is looking for actors of all ages and will hold auditions for its holiday program, “The Season for Miracles,” on Friday, Oct. 21, Saturday, Oct. 22 and Monday, Oct. 24, by appointment only, at 696 Main St., Forest Park. Call (404) 366-0850.

Saturday

The Jonesboro Farmers Market will be open on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., at the parking lot across the street from the Jonesboro Fire House Museum and Community Center, 103 West Mill St., Jonesboro. Contact Tom Bonnell at (770) 473-5434.

CAO Elite Allstars will present “A Night With The Stars,” on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m., at Lovejoy High School, 1587 McDonough Road, Hampton. The event will be dedicated to Clayton County Department of Family and Children Services’ Pick an Elf Program. Call (770) 477-1280.

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office will present “Domestic Violence Not A Normal Way Of Life,” on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, 3499 Rex Road, Rex. The event is free. Call (770) 471-1122.

Tuesday

There will be a “Voter Empowerment Rally” on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Lakewin Christian Center, 812 King Road, Riverdale. Contact Rev. Albert Love at (404) 788-4542.

There will a free “Zumba for Breast Cancer Awareness —The Ultimate Pink Dance Party,” on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Riverdale Centre, 7210 Church St., Riverdale. Participants should wear pink. To RSVP via e-mail to: rsvp@riverdalega.gov. Call (770) 909-5300.

The Prostate Cancer Information Group will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., at Piedmont Fayette Hospital, 1255 Highway 54 West, Fayetteville. The meeting will discuss what patients can expect with surgery and radiation, before and after. Men and their partners with concerns about this disease are encouraged to attend. Call (770) 632-2898.

Wednesday

The Knights of Columbus Tara Council No. 6352 will host the “39th Annual Public Safety Appreciation Luncheon” for Clayton County public safety officers on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 11:30 a.m., to 1 p.m. at John C. Gavin, Jr. Hall, 481 Flint River Road in Jonesboro. Call (770) 478-4293

There will be a free “Ultimate Game Night featuring the Michael Jackson Experience,” on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Riverdale Centre, 7210 Church St., Riverdale. Call (770) 909-5300.

Until Oct. 30

Southern Regional Medical Center will sell raffle tickets for a “Patient-Made Quilt Raffle” as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, until Oct. 30. Tickets are being sold Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m., to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, from 1, to 4:30 p.m., at the Windmill Gift Shop at Southern Regional, 11 Upper Riverdale Road S.W., Riverdale. Raffle tickets are also available Monday through Friday, at the Women’s Center at Spivey Station, 7813 Spivey Station Blvd., Jonesboro. Tickets are $2 each, or three for $5. The winning ticket will be drawn on Oct. 31. Proceeds will go to the Southern Regional Medical Center Foundation. Call (770) 991-8004.

Until Oct. 31

Curves fitness clubs in the local area will be waiving “joining fees” during Breast Cancer Awareness month, until Oct. 31. Prospective members must show proof of a mammogram within the past year, or contribute a $25 donation to breast cancer research. For more details, contact a local Curves.

Southern Regional Medical Center will offer a reduced fee for self-pay patients, cash or credit, on routine screening digital mammograms, until Oct. 31 at Southern Regional, 11 Upper Riverdale Road S.W., Riverdale. Patients covered by health insurance plans are not eligible. Call (770) 909-2049.

The Clayton County Board of Health will open its Express Flu Clinic until Oct. 31, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m., at 1117 Battle Creek Road, Jonesboro. Adults can get a flu shot for $20, and children can get vaccinated for $14. The flu shots are free with approved health insurance plans. Cash and checks will be accepted as a form of payment. Call (678) 610-7361.

The Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau will be registering participants for a “Family Reunion Showcase” until Oct. 31. The showcase will take place on Nov. 5, from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m., at the Riverdale Centre, 7210 Church St., Riverdale. The event will have an array of specialized vendors such as event facilities, hotels, entertainers and caterers. It will also include an educational seminar on planning and executing a family reunion in Clayton County. The event is free for family reunion planners, who must register in advance by calling (770) 478-4800.

Until Nov. 5

Registrations for the “Lake Spivey Road Race” will be accepted until Nov. 5. People can register online by visiting www.lakespiveyroadrace.org, and pay by credit card. They can also register by mailing a check or money order to 2300 Highway 138 S.E., Jonesboro. The 5k and 15k races will cost $25 until Oct. 21, and $5 more after that date. The road race will take place on Nov. 5, at 8 a.m., at “The Beach” of Clayton County International Park. Call (770) 477-3766.

Ongoing

The American Legion Clayton County Inc. Georgia Post No. 258 is currently accepting applications for a one-day trip to the World War II, Korean and Vietnam memorials, as well as, the Arlington National Cemetery in the District of Columbia. Applications are available and accepted at Post No. 258, 1480 American Legion Way in Jonesboro. The Post opens at noon throughout the week. This trip is open for Korean War and World War II veterans. There is limited space. Call Lamar Miller at (770) 471-9458.

The Association of Retired Enlisted Personnel meets the last Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., at VFW Post 5080 Delma Barbour Post, 5080 North Lake Drive, Lake City. Call (678) 571-6150.

Safe Kids Clayton County, a non-profit coalition, needs partners to join them in their child-injury-prevention efforts. Individuals or organizations interested in becoming partners should contact Enjoli Jones at (678) 479-2204.

Providence Hospice needs volunteers to provide support for terminally ill patients and their families. Free training and flexible schedules are available. The hospice is located at 1550 Rock Quarry Road, Suite B, Stockbridge. Contact Sarah Trousdale at (770) 286-4671, or e-mail her at sarah.trousdale2@gmail.com.

The Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau has an ongoing “Gone With The Girls’ Girlfriend Getaway” tour. Women will ride on a minibus and tour historic Jonesboro, including the Road to Tara Museum. Following the tour, participants will be pampered at Scarlett’s Retreat Day Spa & Boutique in McDonough. The cost is $85 per person. Call 1-800-662-7829.

The 10-A-Day Speaks Gavel Club, a Toastmasters International-affiliated social organization, meets every second and fourth Saturday of the month at 10 a.m., at the Riverdale Library Branch, 420 Valley Hill Road. This is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking, communication and leadership skills. It is geared for youths, ages 6 to 17. Contact Ronnie Wells, at (678) 416-8325.

The Clayton County Board of Health is looking for organizations interested in joining its “Community Voices for Youth” forums. These forums will allow groups to share information on their organization’s history, mission, structure, successes and needs, in an effort to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with the Board of Health. Contact Teriwanda Hayes, at (678) 479-2220.

Jonesboro Olympic Park AARP Chapter 5440 meets every second Wednesday of the month, at noon, at the J. Charley Griswell Senior Center, 2300 Highway 138 S.E., Jonesboro. The chapter is welcoming new members. Call Mary Thompson, at (404) 432-3048.

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. Call (770) 455-7077, or visit www.projectcatsnip.com.

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. Call (770) 472-8371.

The Clayton County Visiting Friends Program is in need of volunteers to 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 from Clayton County residents for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) training. 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. Visit: www.atlantaregional.com/workforce-solutions/training-and-education-services.

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 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: latcross@yahoo.com.

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 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. 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., 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 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.

The AARP Riverdale Chapter No. 4409 meets the third Wednesday of each month, at 10 a.m., at Riverdale Court Services, 6690 Church St., Riverdale. Call Gloria Jenkins, at (678) 654-6381.

The Kiwanis Club of Riverdale meets every first and second Thursday of the month, at 6 p.m., at IHOP No. 481, 722 Highway 138, Riverdale. Call Gloria Jenkins, at (678) 654-6381.

The Miracle Happens Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday of the month, at 7 p.m., at the Educational Center of Southern Regional Health Systems, 11 Upper Riverdale Road, Riverdale. Call Georgia Price, at (770) 991-5286, or Pat Buice, at (678) 773-4930.

Securus House conducts a Survivors of Domestic Violence Support Group, every other Wednesday, from 6:15 p.m., to 7:45 p.m. Call (770) 961-7233.

A cancer support group meets the first Saturday of every month, at 11 a.m., in the Recreation Outreach Center (ROC), of the First Baptist Church Jonesboro, at 147 Church St., in Jonesboro. Contact Joyce Medin at (770) 478-6710. Also, a sewing ministry meets weekly, on Monday, from 1 p.m., to 3 p.m., at the international building of the church. Participants will create items, such as breast pillows for breast cancer patients, and throws, covers and hats for the Rainbow House. Call Joyce Medin, at (770) 478-6710.

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department has a free “Teen Club Program,” at local recreation centers. Teens will participate in activities such as card tournaments, college tours and game room events. The program will be provided the second Friday of each month, from 6:30 p.m., to 7:30 p.m., at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, 3499 Rex Road, Rex; every second Tuesday, at 6 p.m., at the Jim Huie Recreation Center, 9045 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro; and every second Friday, at 6 p.m., at the Virginia Burton Gray Recreation Center, 1475 East Fayetteville Road, Riverdale. Call (770) 473-5425.

District 3-3 (Clayton) is in search of volunteers, for its “Public Health Volunteer Program.” The community-based program functions as a way to locally organize volunteers, so they may assist in preparing for, and responding to, emergencies and disasters. Call (678) 610-7468.

Ladies of Favor, Inc., a Jonesboro non-profit organization, is looking for young girls attending middle school and high school to join its mentoring program. The organization is also in search of mentors and volunteers who are talented in areas such as fund-raising, marketing, and community service. Call (404) 246-6385.

The Southern Crescent Toastmasters Club is in search of new members. The mission of the club is to provide a supportive environment where members can practice their communication-and-leadership skills. Call Yalonda Carson, at (678) 466-4330.

Datebook is a regular feature of the Clayton News Daily compiled by staff writer M.J. Subiria Araúz. To submit an item for publication, e-mail marauz@news-daily.com, or fax to (770) 472-2060, attention: Datebook.