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DATEBOOK: March 30, 2012

Saturday

The Clayton State College of Business will host its last free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance session for 2012 on Saturday, 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.

The Airport Area Kiwanis Club’s annual “Art & Music Talent Showcase” is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 31, from 10:30 a.m., to 4:30 p.m., 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. Admission is $5 for adults, and $3 for children. Call Jacqueline Dolsey-Young at (404) 983-2684.

The Clayton County Library System’s Morrow Branch is scheduled to host an “AARP Income Tax Assistance” event, and a “Bluebird Springtime Craft” event on Saturday, March 31, at the library, located at 6225 Maddox Road, in Morrow. The tax assistance program, which is for people with low-to-moderate incomes, is slated to last from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m., and the craft event, which is for children of all ages, is expected to run from 3:30 p.m., to 4:30 p.m. Call (404) 366-7749, for more information.

The Clayton County Parks and Recreation Department is scheduled to host a free Community Egg Hunt, for children ages 12 and under, on Saturday, March 31, from 1 p.m., to 3 p.m., at International Park, located at 2300 Ga. Hwy. 138, in Jonesboro. The event is slated to include games and arts and crafts activities. The actual egg hunt is expected to begin at 2:50 p.m. Call (770) 473-5423, or (770) 603-4014, for more information.

Curves’ “14th Annual Food Drive” is scheduled to end on Saturday, March 31, at local Curves locations in Clayton County. People can donate non-perishable food items or cash to support local food banks. Contact a local Curves.

Thursday

The Help a Child Smile Mobile Dental Unit is scheduled to be at the Clayton County Library System’s Headquarters Branch, 865 Battle Creek Road, in Jonesboro, on Thursday, April 5, from 9:30 a.m., to 3:30 p.m. The mobile unit is designed to bring dental services to youths who need those services, but have not had an opportunity to visit a dentist. PeachCare, WellCare, Medicaid and private insurance are accepted. Call Jana Burkett, at (770) 760-7900, ext. 187, or e-mail her at jburkett@hcsga.com, to set up an appointment.

The Airport Area Chamber of Commerce is scheduled to host a “Women’s History Month Luncheon,” with guest of honor, Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal, on Thursday, April 5, beginning at 10:30 a.m., at the Georgia International Convention Center, located at 2000 Convention Center Concourse, in College Park. The luncheon is also scheduled to include a panel discussion on “The Importance of Education and Mentoring in Preparing Women for Leadership.” Panel participants are set to include Womenetics Founder Elizabeth Marchant, Atlanta Technical College President Alvetta Thomas, and YWCA of Great Atlanta Chief Executive Officer Justine Boyd. Registration fees are $45 for chamber members, and $55 for non-members. Parking will cost $3, which is payable only in cash. Call (404) 209-0910.

The Clayton County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 5, at 11 a.m., at the Clayton County Extension Office, which is located at 1262 Government Circle, Jonesboro. Call (770) 761-3020.

April 6

The Clayton County Tax Commissioners Office is scheduled to host an Easter Basket Raffle, Bake Sale and Book Sale to raise funds for the Clayton County Relay For Life, on April 6, at the office, located on the second floor of the Clayton County Administration Building, Annex 3, 121 South McDonough Street, in Jonesboro. Call (770) 477-3311.

April 10

The Clayton County Library Board of Trustees is scheduled to hold its regular quarterly meeting on Tuesday, April 10, beginning at 2 p.m., in the board room, at the Clayton County Headquarters Branch, at 865 Battle Creek Road, in Jonesboro. The meeting is open to the public. Call (770) 473-3850.

April 14

The William H. Reynolds Memorial Nature Preserve is scheduled to host its annual Wild Azalea Festival on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m., at the preserve, 5665 Reynolds Road, in Morrow. The free event is expected to include guided hikes, live animal shows, nature center exhibits, face painting, native azalea showcases, and informational booths from local environmental organizations. Parking will be available at Babb Middle School, located at 5500 Reynolds Road, in Forest Park, and a shuttle bus will take visitors to the nature preserve. Call (770) 603-4188.

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 Sunday, April 15, at 5452 Phillips Drive in Forest Park. The service will be available Mondays, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m.,

to 3 p.m. There will be no service on April 2. Individuals who make $49,000 or less a year qualify for this program. Call Debra Collins at (404) 608-2553.

Until May 1

The Clayton County Humane Society is accepting donations of gently-used items to be sold at its Spring Garage Sale, until Tuesday, May 1. Items being accepted include: Small electronic devices; baby clothes; baby strollers; pictures; collectibles, and other “knick-knacks.” The garage sale is scheduled to take place Saturday, May 5, from 8 a.m., to 4 p.m., at Jonesboro High School, 7728 Mt. Zion Blvd., in Jonesboro. A rain date has been set for May 12, if necessary. Call (404) 422-4710, or (770) 477-8352, for information about donating items for the sale.

Until May 4

Business & Technology Outreach Corporation is having early registration for its summer camp program until Friday, 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.

Until June 30

The Atlanta Regional Workforce Board’s Mobile Career Lab will be available every Tuesday until June 30, from 9 a.m., to noon, at the Riverdale Library Branch, 420 Valley Hill Road. People will get assistance with their job search. Call (404) 463-3327.

Ongoing

The Clayton County Rotary Club holds weekly meetings on Wednesdays, beginning at noon, at the Clarion Hotel Atlanta Airport South, 6288 Old Dixie Road, in Jonesboro. Log onto http://www.claytoncountyrotary.org/ for more information.

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 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 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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

The Southern Crescent Sexual Assault Center hosts 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 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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

The Clayton County Headquarters Library, located at 865 Battle Creek Road, in Jonesboro, holds several ongoing programs for adults and children every week, including: A Crochet Club, on Tuesdays, from 10 a.m., to noon; “Family Storytime for Toddlers,” on Tuesdays, from 10 a.m., to 10:45 a.m.; “Family Storytime for Preschoolers,” on Tuesdays, from 11 a.m., to 11:45 a.m.; Citizenship classes, on Tuesdays (except March 27), from 6 p.m., to 8:45 p.m.; “Pajama-Rama Story Time,” on Wednesdays, from 7, to 7:30 p.m.; “Baby Talk,” on Thursdays, from 10 a.m., to 11 a.m.; “Cuentos y Libros en la Biblioteca/Stories & Books in the Library,” on Saturdays, from 1, to 1:45 p.m. Call (770) 473-3850, for more information.

The Clayton County Lovejoy Library, located at 1721 McDonough Road, in Lovejoy, holds two ongoing language classes every Tuesday for people interested in learning Spanish and French. “Say It In Spanish” meets from 6 p.m., to 7 p.m. “Say It In French” meets from 7 p.m., to 8 p.m. Call (770) 472-8129.

The Clayton County Riverdale Library, located at 420 Valley Hill Road, in Riverdale, hosts two ongoing education-related classes every week, including free GED preparation classes, on Wednesdays, from 10:30 a.m., to 12:30 p.m., and “Preschool Story Time & Craft,” on Thursdays, from 10 a.m., to 11 a.m. Call (770) 472-8100.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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