Datebook - October 27, 2011


The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will hold its “SunTrust Early Bird Breakfast” on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7:45 a.m., at the Continuing Education Building of Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The topic is: “The Future of Healthcare in Clayton County.” The guest speakers will be Southern Regional Medical Center’s Lee Boles, and Dr. Willie Cochran. The cost is $15 for chamber members and member-guests, and $25 for non-members. Call (678) 610-4021.

Clayton County Master Gardeners and the Clayton County Extension Office will host a free “Bulb Trickery” program on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 12:15 p.m., at the VIP Complex of Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138 S.E., Jonesboro. Participants will learn how to “trick” bulbs into blooming well before spring. Call Tom Bonnell at (770) 473-5434.

The City of Riverdale will hold a free “Riverdale Community Day & Expo” on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., at the Riverdale Centre, 7210 Church St., Riverdale. Participants will be able to experience the Centre for free and try out its civic facility, and learn about membership opportunities. Call (770) 909-5300.

The Clayton State University Small Business Development Center will hold a “Starting a Business” class on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m., to noon, at the Griffin Spalding Chamber of Commerce/Griffin Welcome Center, 143 North Hill St., Griffin. This course is geared for people considering starting a business. The cost is $69. To sign up, visit: www.georgiasbdc.org. Call Heather Chaney at (678) 466-5100.


The City of College Park will host a “Haunted Fun House” from Thursday, Oct. 27, to Saturday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 8 p.m,. at 1876 Princeton Ave., College Park. Call (404) 767-1537.

Director Mark-Anthony Hines will present “Determined to Live, Determined to Love” from Thursday, Oct. 27, to Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m., at The Palace Banquet Hall, 188 North Ave., Jonesboro. The play is about a woman’s 40-year struggle to end a cycle of domestic violence, and will be presented in a dinner-theater style. It’s $30 per person, $20 for children under 12, and senior citizens. Call (404) 973-7866.


The City of Riverdale will hold a free “Boo! I Scared You! Movie Night” on Friday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Riverdale Centre for the Arts, Business & Leisure, 7210 Church St., Riverdale. There will be a showing of the movie “Casper.” Call (770) 909-5300.

The City of College Park will hold a “Zumba Masquerade” on Friday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Godby Recreation Center, 2300 Godby Road, College Park. The cost is $5 per person. Call (404) 767-1537.

The Southern Crescent Chorale will hold its “Annual Gala and Concert” on Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m., at Dolce Peachtree-Atlanta, 201 Aberdeen Parkway, Peachtree City. Ticket cost is $100 per person. This is not a child-friendly event. Call (770) 716-1231.


The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department will host a “TRAIL OF TERROR,” on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, from 7:30 to 11 p.m., at Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138 S.E., Jonesboro. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The “haunted” trail is not recommended for children under the age of 12. There is a $5 admission fee per person. Call (770) 477-3766.


The City of Riverdale will hold a “Riverdale’s Monster Ball” on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 p.m., to 2 a.m. at the Riverdale Centre for the Arts, Business and Leisure, 7210 Church St., Riverdale. The costume party will feature 1980s and 1990s music, a costume contest and food and drink specials. Tickets cost $10 before the event and $20 at the door. Call (770) 909-5300.

The City of College Park will hold a free “Family Movie Night” on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 5 p.m., at Badgett Field Stadium, located on College Street behind College Park City Hall, 3667 Main St. Participants are welcome to bring chairs. Vendor space is still available. Call (404) 767-1537.

Clayton County Grassroots Leadership Institute will hold a free “Clayton County Occupational Careers Show” on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at Harvestime Apostolic Ministries, 274 Highway 138 S.W., Riverdale. Attendees will be able to participate in hands-on demonstrations, speak one-on-one with industry experts and interact with Clayton County business representatives, educators and community leaders. Call Tony Antoine at (404) 956-3035.

Until Sunday

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 until 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 Monday

Curves fitness clubs in the local area will be waiving “joining fees” during Breast Cancer Awareness month, until Monday, 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 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.

FRIGHTMORE will hold a Halloween haunt until Monday, Oct. 31 at 1912 Mt. Zion Road, Building No. 1865 C, Morrow. It will be open Thursday, Oct. 27, Sunday, Oct. 30 and Monday Oct. 31 from 7 to 11 p.m. People can enjoy the haunt from 7 p.m., to midnight on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29. E-mail scareus@frightmore.com.


The City of Riverdale will have a free “Trick-or-Treat at the Riverdale Centre,” on Monday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Riverdale Centre, 7210 Church St., Riverdale. There will be candy for children. The youngsters are invited to come dressed in their costumes. Call (770) 909-5300.


There will be a “Voter Empowerment Rally/Issues Forum” on Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 6:30, to 8 p.m., at Unity In Faith Baptist Church, 3615 Roosevelt Highway, College Park. Call (404) 788-4542.

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will hold a “Fulton & Kozak, CPA Business to Business Luncheon” on Nov. 1, at 11:30 a.m., at the Community Impact Center of Higher Living Christian Church, 2450 Mt. Zion Parkway, Suite 400, Jonesboro. The cost is $15 for chamber members and member-guests, and $25 for non-members. Advanced registration is preferred. Call (678) 610-4021.

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.

Until Dec. 31

LifeLine Spay & Neuter Clinic is holding a free rabies vaccination promotion until Dec. 29, at 2533 Sullivan Road, College Park. The promotion is valid at the time of spay or neuter at the clinic. To take advantage of the promotion, pet owners must mention it at the time they schedule their appointment. Low-cost spay and neuter surgeries are held Monday through Thursdays. Drop off times are between 8, and 8:30 a.m., and owners should expect to pick up their pets at 5 p.m., that day. Call (678) 973-2881.

Until Jan. 15

Pacific Intercultural Exchange needs host families for international high school students. Interested host families have until Jan. 15 to respond. Student ages range from 15 to 18. The students speak English, have their own spending money and have accident and health insurance. Call 1-888-743-8721.


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 through friendly companionship for patients and their families. Free training and flexible schedules are available. The hospice is located at 1550 Rock Quarry Road, Suite B, Stockbridge. Call (678) 284-9385, or e-mail providencehospice@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.