Datebook - September 22, 2011

Oct. 11

The Compassionate Friends organization will meet on Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m., at Salem Baptist Church, 1724 Highway 155 North, McDonough. The organization aims to help people who are grieving due to a loss of a child. It meets every second Tuesday of the month. For more information, call Freddie Saye, at (678) 925-4027.


Riverdale will host an “Afterwork Cool Down Music Series,” on Thursday, 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.

The Clayton County Extension Office, in conjunction with Clayton County Master Gardeners, will have a free “Noontime Knowledge” program on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 12:15 p.m., at 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. The topic is “Potted Water Gardens-Easier than You Think.” The program will cover the basics of container selection, plants, pumps and maintenance. The class will be taught by Master Gardener Suzanne Norman. Interested participants must register by calling (770) 473-5434, or by e-mailing hortpa@uga.edu.

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will hold its “SunTrust Early Bird Breakfast” on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7:45 a.m., in the Continuing Education Building at Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The topic is “University System of Georgia Update.” Henry Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia, is the guest speaker. The cost of the event is $15 for chamber members and member guests, and $25 for non-members. Call (678) 610-4021.


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

The Clayton County Master Gardeners will have a free “Let’s Talk Herbs” program on Saturday Sept. 24, at 11:30 a.m., at the Jonesboro Fire House Museum Community Center, 103 W. Mill Street, Jonesboro. Participants will learn about what a herb is, the different types and classifications. Attendees will also be taught how people came to use herbs for culinary, medicinal, aromatic and ornamental purposes. The program will be taught by Master Gardener Cliff Pauling. Participants must register by calling (770) 473-5434, or by e-mailing hortpa@uga.edu.

The City of Riverdale and Get Body Beautiful KIDS will present “Let’s Move! Walk-Off For Childhood Obesity” at 10 a.m., at the Riverdale Town Center, 7200 Church St., Riverdale. There will be free rock climbing, inflatables, prizes and healthy snacks. Riverdale Councilmember Kenny Ruffin will be present. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Call (770) 997-8989.

The Association of Southern Movie Workers Inc., will be accepting applications for film jobs on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 3 to 6 p.m., in the Nubian Bookstore at Southlake Mall, 1000 Southlake Mall, Morrow. The positions available include crew members, writers, producers, administrators, make-up artists and hair stylists. The average pay rate is $10 an hour. Call (404) 988-8975.


The City of College Park will hold a “Franchise Opportunity Night on Main Street” on Monday, Sept. 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the College Park Women’s Club, 3413 Main St., College Park. Participants will learn how to start their own major retail franchise business. Light refreshments will be provided. Call (404) 305-2052.


The Forest Park Library Branch will have its “Teen Zone” program for ages 12 to 19 on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m., at the library, 696 Main St., Forest Park. Teens will enjoy “Spoken Word & Poetry.” Call Sandra Rutkowski, at (404) 366-0850.

Clayton State University’s Small Business Development Center will hold a “Starting a Business” class on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 5 p.m., at the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, 1709 Highway 20 West, McDonough. This class is geared for people who are interested in starting a business. The cost is $69. Call (678) 466-5100.

The Prostate Cancer Information Group will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m., in the 1267 Building of the Cancer and Wellness Center at Piedmont-Fayette Hospital, 1255 Highway 54 West, Fayetteville. The meeting will be a discussion, and tasting of food synergies for prostate cancer. Participants should reserve a space by calling (770) 719-5860. For more information, call Jim O’Hara at (770) 632-2898.

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 must contact the chamber in advance. 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.

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 extra after that date. Pre-registration ends Oct. 28. The road race will take place on Nov. 5, at 8 a.m., at “The Beach” of Clayton County International Park. On-site registration will occur from 6 a.m., to 7:30 a.m. Call (770) 477-3766.


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 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 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.