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Datebook - September 8, 2011

Today

Clayton State University’s national championship women’s basketball team will make an appearance on Thursday, Sept. 8. at 11:30 a.m., at CSU’s The Loch Shop, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The team and its coaches will be presented with a couple of awards. The public will be able to retrieve free copies of the women’s basketball edition Laker Connection. Call (678) 466-4220.

Today, Sept. 22

The City of Riverdale will host an “Afterwork Cool Down Music Series,” on Thursday, Sept. 8 and Sept. 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Amphitheater of the Riverdale Town Center, 7200 Church St., Riverdale. Contact Cie Cie McGhee, at (770) 909-5303.

Until Saturday

Chick-fil-A will provide customers an opportunity to reserve a time and restaurant location to retrieve a free breakfast entrée of their choice, until Saturday, Sept. 10. People can make reservations by visiting www.chick-fil-aforbreakfast.com.

Saturday

The City of Lovejoy will host its annual “FallFest” on Saturday, Sept. 10, from noon to 9 p.m., at the Lovejoy Community Center, 11622 Hastings Bridge Road, Lovejoy. Participants will be able to purchase food and items from vendors. Vendors interested in attending can obtain a space for free. Various musical acts will perform. The event and parking are free. Call (770) 471-2304.

The Clayton County Water Authority’s Newman Wetlands Center will host an “Atlanta Audubon Society Birdwatching Field Trip” on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 8 to 11 a.m., at 2755 Freeman Road, Hampton. The field trip will focus on fall migratory species of songbirds and waterfowl. Participants of all birding experience levels are welcome, and children must be at least 9 years old to participate. Binoculars are required. Call (770) 603-5606.

Saturday-Sept. 20

The City of College Park will host its “Annual Autumn Happening” event from Saturday, Sept. 10, to Sept. 20, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the City of College Park Auditorium, 3631 Main St. The event will include food, entertainment, demonstrations and a carnival area. “Opening Day of Youth Football” will occur in conjunction with this event. Call (404) 669-3773.

Sunday

Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services, along with other county public safety agencies, will host a “Clayton County 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony” on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, 147 Church St., Jonesboro. Call (770) 473-7833.

Tuesday

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will have its “Fulton & Kozak, CPA Business to Business Luncheon” on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 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: “Social Media and Legal Considerations Regarding its Use.” The guest speaker will be John Brooks, Jr., director of human resources at Clayton State University. The cost is $15 for chamber members and member guests, and $25 for non-members. Call (678) 610-4021.

Tuesday, Sept. 20, Sept. 27

The Forest Park Library Branch will have its “Teen Zone” program for ages 12 to 19 throughout the month of September at 6:30 p.m., at the library, 696 Main St., Forest Park. On Tuesday, Sept. 13, youths will hear a presentation on a literary work by W.E.B. Du Bois, entitled "The Souls of Black Folk.” There will be a “Music Creation 101” lesson on Sept. 20, where participants will watch and learn some of the tools top music industry producers use. Teens will enjoy “Spoken Word & Poetry” on Sept. 27. Call Sandra Rutkowski, at (404) 366-0850.

Wednesday

Clayton State University will start its “Visiting Writers Reading Series” on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m., in the atrium of CSU’s Harry S. Downs Center, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The guest speakes will be author Daniel Nester. The series is free and open to the public. Call (678) 466-4000.

Until Sept. 24

The Jonesboro Farmers Market will take place Tuesdays, 11 a.m., to 1 p.m., and Saturdays, from 8 a.m., to noon, until Sept. 24, at the parking lot across the street from the Jonesboro Fire House Museum, 103 West Mill St., Jonesboro. Call (770) 473-5434.

Oct. 4

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will have its “Fifth Annual Heritage Cadillac Invitational” on Oct. 4, at 9:30 a.m., at River Forest Golf & Country Club at 1 Clubhouse Drive, Forsyth. The shotgun start is at 11 a.m. Those who would like to participate in the invitational can register on the day of the event. Call (678) 610-4021.

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.

Ongoing

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 offering their “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 4409 meets the third Thursday of each month, at 10 a.m., at the Frank Bailey Senior Center, 6213 Riverdale Road., 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.