Welcome to the Clarkston Community Center, located in the heart of one of America’s most diverse and international communities. We celebrate and support this diversity and honor and recognize the richness and strengths of many different cultures can help build a sound and progressive city.
We are a gathering place for art, education, recreation and community building for Clarkston and Greater DeKalb County residents: long-time Georgians, transplanted Americans, established internationals and newly arriving refugees. In 2015, we served over 40,000 people with a wide variety of programs, classes, sports, arts, recreation and special events.
Recent & Upcoming Events
International Food & Wine Festival, Saturday, Sept. 10
The Clarkston Community Center will present an International Food & Wine Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10 in the Center’s Angora Hall. The new event is designed to showcase the cuisine of many countries from which Clarkston’s international population hails, including Ethiopia, Nepal, India, the Caribbean, Thailand, Vietnam, Nigeria and more. Guests will be invited to sample the various dishes, provided by area restaurants, as well as enjoy a collection of international wines.
The festival will include music and dance performances by the Georgia State University Jazz Band and the Contra Dancers. Dr. R. Stephen Green – Superintendent, DeKalb County School District, will be the keynote speaker. A silent auction will feature art pieces and ticketsto exciting events.
The event is a fundraiser for the Center, which serves over 40,000 people annually through educational offerings, recreational programs and community building. Tickets are $25 per person or $600 per table of eight, and may be purchased at the Center or online, click HERE!
Be sure and get your ticket today before they are sold out!
Seniors on the Go!
The Clarkston Community Center hosted our first Senior Programs Showcase on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. – noon. Seniors on the Go was a free event for adults age 55 and above to learn about the variety of programs, classes, workshops and social events available to older adults at the Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Ave., Clarkston, Ga., 30021. www.clarkstoncommunitycenter.org
The Clarkston Community Center provides many opportunities for seniors to learn, make friends and master new skills. Our Senior Showcase will give seniors and their families a chance to see all of our programs at once and ask questions about them.
During the event, instructors and program leaders will staff information tables detailing activities including English classes, cooking, sewing, art, music and computer skills, as well as life skills such as banking, handling legal issues and grocery shopping. Attendees will be able to move from table to table, collecting information and learning what’s available.
We got a good response from the community with over 75 attendees and hope to make Seniors on the Go an annual event. The new classes will start in late September.
07/28/16: Conclusion of the Art at the Center summer camp
Thursday marked the last day of the Art at The Center summer camp! During the final session, the kids had an eventful three weeks of painting landscape portraits, constructing rockets, acting in short movies, learning about different kinds of flora, and much more. Our concluding performance was a blast: campers performed dances and songs, demonstrated what they learned during camp, and even shot off the rockets that they engineered! With much love, we say farewell to all of our wonderful kids and extremely helpful staff. Enjoy the rest of summer!
Thank you to Visionfactory, New Expressions, our teaching artists, and of course all of our staff and volunteers for making the Art at the Center Summer Camp such a success!
For more information on future summer camps and other youth programs at the Clarkston Community Center, please visit “Youth Programs” under the programs tab.
06/30/16: Art at the Center and STEAM Summer Camp
The last day of Session 2 was a whirlwind — our final performance was a great success! With presentations about what they’ve learned, a song from group 1, a live music video from group 2, and a dance from group 4, we say farewell to many of the campers. Now, we have a week break before camp restarts for Session 3 on July 11! This Session has been a blast and has gone by so fast. We surely will miss our campers, but look forward to the next round.
Spots are still available for the July Summer Camp sessions at $150/week/child, or $75/week/child with a medicare or medicaid card. This cost covers breakfast, lunch, and the rest of the 8 am – 2 pm day on Monday through Thursday. Session 3 (Art at the Center) is from July 11 – July 14 and Session 4 (STEAM Camp) is from July 18 – July 28th.
Congratulations to the 15 graduates of the Clarkston Digital Inclusion Program! After the 4 month course, these adults are now better equipped to tackle the technology of today. The course covered topics ranging from computer basics and email creation to computer ethics and internet security. We are so proud of the 15 individuals and wish them all the best!
The program will start again with a new set of students in early August. This program, with the highly valued support of TechBridge, is one of the Community Technology programs provided at the CCC. If you have any questions regarding the program or Community Technology at the Clarkston Community Center, please contact Justine Okello at firstname.lastname@example.org
06/18/16: World Refugee Celebration and ServiceJuris
From 10 am to 2 pm, we celebrated Georgia World Refugee Day with Soccer in the Streets on our beautiful soccer field. The event attracted support from all over the community and resulted in a great turn out.
Additionally, we had the amazing support of the ServiceJuris team. They helped us renovate the center by repainting our benches and lines on the ground, creating new tables, mulching the garden areas, and fixing our porch. We cannot give enough thanks to the volunteers who helped make our center look brand new again!