Sept. 17

The Clayton County Retired Educators Association is hosting its next meeting on Sept. 17 starting at 11 a.m. in the Christian Activities Building of the Jonesboro First United Methodist Church, 142 South Main St. in Jonesboro. Dues to join the organization are $12 per year and lunch is $9. Those wishing to attend the meeting and stay for lunch must notify Susan Croft at 770-478-9673 or email csusancroft@earthlink.net by Sept. 11.

Sept. 19The Women of Clayton County will host the Clayton Reads Awards on Sept. 19 from 6-7 p.m. at the Clayton County Public Schools Performing Arts Center, 2530 Mt. Zion Pkwy. in Jonesboro.

Sept. 28 International Ball

Board of Commission Chairman Jeff Turner will host an International Ball on Sept. 28 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center. Proceeds will support Woman University. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.chairmanturnersball.org.

Oct. 5The 11th Annual Lake Spivey Road Race 5K/15K will be held on Oct. 5 at 2300 Ga. Highway 138 in Jonesboro. Registration is now open. Visit www.claytonparks.com.

The Clayton County Water Authority is hosting the 20th Annual Wetlands & Watershed Festival on Oct. 5 from 10 am. to 3 p.m. at the Newman Wetlands Center, 2755 Freeman Road in Hampton. The festival will be held rain or shine and is free to attend.

Through October

Food Truck Tuesday

The city of Forest Park is hosting Food Truck Tuesdays through October from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hines Ward Pass in Starr Park, 5031 Park Ave. An array of food will be available including vegan, seafood, barbecue, Italian ice, wraps, gelatos and desserts.

Oct. 5Clayton County Public Schools is hosting the 2nd Annual Teen Violence & Suicide Awareness 5K Walk at Lee Street Park, 155 Lee St. in Jonesboro. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. To register, visit www.clayton.k12.ga.us.

Nov. 2 International Cultural Celebration

State Rep. Mike Glanton will host his annual International Cultural Celebration on Nov. 2 at the Clayton County Public Schools’ Performing Arts Center starting at 6:30 p.m. Limited complimentary tickets are available for non-profit organizations in Clayton County that provide free programs and services to youth and senior citizens. Local church youth and senior ministries, ministerial and veteran organizations may also request complimentary tickets. Groups representing India, Korea, Hawaii/Philippines, Africa, America, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam and others will perform and display their respective country traditions, customs, attire, dance and song. To purchase tickets or to request complimentary tickets, call 678-479-7730 or email mikeglanton@mikeglanton.com.

Ongoing After-School Club

The Lovejoy Library, 1721 McDonough Road in Hampton, offers an enrichment time from 3 to 4 p.m. for teens to have some fun with peers. Teens are welcome to bring and share their own board games.

After-School Meals

Faith Open Door Community Center, 259 Arrowhead Blvd. in Jonesboro, is offering free after-school meals to youth ages 18 and under. For more information, call the center at 678-545-6053.

Al-Anon

The Forest Park Al-Anon Group hosts a meeting at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Jones Memorial UMC, 5320 Phillip Drive in Morrow. For more information, call 770-968-8293.

Al-Anon Family Groups

Al-Anon Family Groups is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. Forest Park Al-Anon Family Group meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Jones Memorial UMC, 5320 Phillips Drive in Morrow, at the back door of the education building. For more information, call 770-968-8293.

Color Me Creative

Teens can get creative with colors and relieve stress from 4 to 5:30 p.m. each Thursday at the Lovejoy Library, 1721 McDonough Road in Hampton. Coloring pages, sheets, pencils and crayons are provided. Program is geared toward middle- and high-school students.

CPR Classes

Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services holds CPR classes for the community on a monthly basis. Students learn how to provide CPR to adults and how to use an automated external defibrillator. CPR classes are lecture-based with hands-on skills practice. They last approximately four hours. Registration for classes can be made by calling CCFES at 770-473-7833 or by visiting www.ccfes.org and clicking on CPR Classes located under Quick Links.

Food Pantry

Joseph Store House Food Pantry, 9940 Dixon Industrial Blvd. in Jonesboro, is collecting food from 1 to 3 p.m. the fourth Saturday of every month and from 6:30 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday. For more information, call 770-335-1250.

Senior Theater Classes

The Frank Bailey Senior Center, 6213 Riverdale Road in Riverdale, is holding theater arts classes for seniors age 55 and up at 10 a.m. Mondays and Fridays. Sign up at claytonseniors.com or call the center at 678-479-5505 for more information.

Food Pantry

Handley Helping Hands Inc. operates a bi-monthly food pantry on the first and third Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 5570 Handley Blvd. in Morrow. For more information, email the Rev. Esther K. Powers at handleyhelpinghands@comcast.net.

Fraternity Meetings

The Pi Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. in Morrow serves the Clayton County community as well as other parts of metro Atlanta. Chapter meetings are 7 to 9 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Forest Park Library, 4812 West St. For more information, email Trenton Bailey at trenton_bailey@yahoo.com or visit www.pgl1906.org.

Foreign Exchange Host Families

Host families are needed for foreign exchange students. Participants will learn about another culture and make a friends. Students attend local high school for one school year. All students are well-screened, bring their own money and have great insurance. For more information, call 770-477-1376.

Education reporter Heather Middleton joined the Clayton News and Henry Herald in 2002.

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