Datebook - February 23, 2012


The Clayton County Extension Office, and Master Gardeners, will hold a free “Noontime Knowledge” event on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 12:15 to 1 p.m., at “The Beach” of Clayton County International Park, 2300 Highway 138 S.E., Jonesboro. The program is entitled “Tomato Sandwich, Anyone?” Participants will learn how to grow their own tomatoes. Attendees are invited to bring their own brown bag lunch. Call (770) 473-5434.

The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce will hold a “SunTrust Early Bird Breakfast” on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7:45 a.m., in the Continuing Education Building of Clayton State University, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. The topic is: “Overcoming Obstacles.” The keynote speaker will be Rob Langston, president of The Langston Company Inc. Advance registration is preferred. Call (678) 610-4021.


Faith Open Doors Inc., will hold its first “Top Jr. Chef” competition on Friday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m., at 213 Arrowhead Blvd., Suite F, Jonesboro. The free event will include stations to sample different foods, and a youth cook-off competition. The preparation time for contestants begins at 6 p.m., and judging starts at 8 p.m. Contact Wanda Bender at (678) 545-6053.


Author Jacqueline Holness will sign her book, “After the Altar Call: The Sisters’ Guide to Developing a Personal Relationship With God,” on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Morrow Lifeway Christian Store, 1904 Mount Zion Road. For more information, call (770) 473-2220.

The Alzheimer’s Services Center will hold a yard sale on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 8 a.m., to 2 p.m., at the center, 7251 Mount Zion Circle, Morrow. The items for sale will include furniture, clothing, jewelry and food. Call (770) 603-4090.


H.O.P.E Family Ministries Inc., will hold a “Rescue Readiness” on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m., at the Drury Inn and Suites, 6520 South Lee St., Morrow. For more information, visit, www.p-e-t-topper.com.

Until Tuesday

Faith Open Door Community Center will hold free “Making Proud Choices” events until Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 7 p.m., at 213 Arrowhead Boulevard, Suite G, Jonesboro. Space is limited. Call (678) 545-6053.


The Prostate Cancer Information Group will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., at Piedmont Fayette Hospital, 1255 Highway 54 West, Fayetteville. The program’s discussion is entitled, “Radioactive Seed Implant for Prostrate Cancer,” and will be led by Dr. Geetha Rao, of the Piedmont Fayette Cancer Center. Men and their partners are encouraged to attend. Contact Jim O’Hara at (770) 632-2898.


The Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, and others, will sponsor the “Stepping Up to Business” workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 29, from 7 a.m., to 5:15 p.m., at the Loudermilk Center-Atlanta Conference Center, 40 Courtland St. N.E., Atlanta. Registrants will learn how to better finance their business. The cost is $225 for the entire workshop and $125 for a portion of it. Call the chamber at (678) 610-4021.

McDonough Animal Hospital will have a “Pet Dental Health Day” on Feb. 29, from 9 a.m., to noon, and from 2 to 6 p.m., at 123 Jonesboro Road, McDonough. Folks should bring their dog or cat for a free oral health examination. No appointment is necessary. For more information call (770) 957-3927.

Until March 15

Kohl’s is accepting nominations for its “2012 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program” until March 15. The specialty department store recognizes children from ages 6 to 18, who have impacted their community through volunteerism. Those who wish to nominate a child can do so by visiting, www.kohlskids.com.

Until March 17, March 31

The Airport Area Kiwanis Club is accepting applications for its annual “Art & Music Talent Showcase” until March 17. The art showcase is open for students in sixth-through-12th grade, and the music showcase is for ninth-through-12th-graders. One can apply by visiting, www.airportkiwanis.org. The showcases will take place on March 31 at Benjamin Banneker High School at 5935 Feldwood Road, College Park. Winners will move on to the “Georgia District of Kiwanis Art and Music Showcase,” where students will compete with other youngsters across the state, for a total of $15,000 in educational scholarships. Call Jacqueline Dolsey-Young at (404) 983-2684.

Until March 31

The Clayton State College of Business will participate in the free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program on Saturdays, until March 31, from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., at CSU’s College of Business, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. Taxpayers who make $49,000 or less a year are eligible. Contact the VITA hotline at (678) 466-4527.

Until April 15

Accounting students at Forest Park High School will provide free income tax preparation services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, until April 15, at 5452 Phillips Drive in Forest Park. The service will be available Mondays, from 5, to 7:30 p.m., and select Saturdays, from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m., including on Feb. 11, Feb. 25, March 10, March 24 and April 14. There will be no service on Monday, Feb. 20, and April 2. Individuals who make $49,000 or less a year qualify for this program. Call Debra Collins at (404) 608-2553.

Until May 4

Business & Technology Outreach Corporation is having early registration for its summer camp program until May 4. Space is limited. Children will participate in enrichment classes, structured activities and field trips. The summer camp is $10 a day and will be provided from May 29, to Aug. 3, at Georgia Christian Academy, 1078 Citizens Parkway, Suite E, Morrow. Call (770) 961-1997.


The Paula Crane Life Enrichment Center, a part of The Clayton Center Community Services Board, offers many free services to persons recovering from addiction. It is located at 1792 Mount Zion Road, Morrow. Call (770) 960-2009, for times and schedules of groups.

The Forest Park Al-Anon Family Group meets on Tuesdays at 8 p.m., at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, 5320 Phillips Drive, Lake City. The purpose of the meetings is to help families and friends of alcoholics. Call (404) 687-0466.

American Legion Post 147 in Hapeville meets every third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m., to noon, at the Barbecue Kitchen of College Park, 1437 Virginia Ave. Call (404) 378-3621.

The Clayton County Board of Health is asking the public to join “Emergency Preparedness Coalitions.” Disasters affect communities. People can help their area by becoming more prepared when a disaster strikes. The four coalitions available are: health care, vulnerable populations and shelters, business-public, and disaster mental health. Call (678) 610-7467.

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 for its 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 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 (770) 477-7043, or (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 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.