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CLAYTON DATEBOOK: May 25, 2012

Friday

Clayton State University’s Veterans Resource Center will hold a Memorial Day Presentation on Friday, May 25, at noon, in Room 272 of the James M. Baker University Center, on the school’s main campus in Morrow. The keynote speaker is former Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander-in-Chief John F. Gwizdak. Call (678) 466-5527.

The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office has announced the application deadline for its next Citizen’s Academy class is Friday, May 25. The class is set to take place from June 5 to Aug. 28. Entrance requirements include: Participants must be at least 18, live or work in Clayton County, have no prior felony arrests and no misdemeanor arrests within the last six months. Applications can be obtained online, at www.claytonsheriff.com, and must be submitted to the sheriff’s office, located at 9157 Tara Blvd., in Jonesboro. Call (770) 471-8839.

Saturday

Clayton County Parks and Recreation will have its “Opening Weekend at the Beach” event on Saturday, May 26, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., to celebrate the summer opening of “The Beach” at Clayton County International Park, located at 2300 Ga. Hwy. 138, in Jonesboro. A fireworks celebration is scheduled to take place at 9 p.m. The cost to enter “The Beach” is $10 per person. Call (770) 603-4005.

June 4

State Rep. Sandra Scott (D-Rex) has announced she is scheduled to host a Town Hall Meeting for constituents on Monday, June 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, located at 3499 Rex Road, in Rex. She is slated to talk with residents about issues going on in the community, as well as legislation that was passed, and signed into law, this year. Call (678) 283-7149.

June 9

Clayton County Parks and Recreation is scheduled to host the second installment in its Movies in the Park series, on Saturday, June 9, at 9 p.m., with the airing of “Soul Surfer” at Flat Shoals Park, located at 1915 Flat Shoals Road, in Riverdale. The event is free to attend. Call (770) 603-4005.

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.

June 1- Sept. 14

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is slated to host its 10th Annual Concerts in the Garden season from June 1 to Sept. 14, at the gardens, which are located at 1345 Piedmont Ave., in Atlanta. Eight featured musical artists are slated to perform during the series this year. The participating artists include: k.d. lang; Vince Gill; Neko Case; Merle Haggard; Keb Mo; Mary Chapin Carpenter; Chris Isaak, and the Indigo Girls. Admission is $18.95 for adults, and $12.95 for children ages 3 to 12. Additional details can be found at www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org/. Call (404) 876-5859.

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 on to http://www.claytoncountyrotary.org/ for more information.

The Clayton County Republican Party holds its monthly meeting on the last Thursday of each month from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Jonesboro Rental Center, 7979 Jonesboro Road, in Jonesboro. Clayton County residents who promote conservative values and embrace the goals of the party, such as: fiscal responsibility, free enterprise, and the encouragement of individual initiatives, are encouraged to attend. Call (770) 210-0456.

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. 

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 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. 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 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and a free “Too Good For Drugs” course, Thursdays, from 6 p.m. 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, from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.; “Pajama-Rama Story Time,” on Wednesdays, from 7 p.m. 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 p.m. 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 (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.