2016 Art at the center summer-camp celebration

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.

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06/30/16: Art at the Center and STEAM Summer Camp – Session 2

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.

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Seniors on the Go!

Seniors on the Go!

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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.

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International Food & Wine Festival, Saturday, Sept. 10

International Food & Wine Festival, Saturday, Sept. 10

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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!

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Donate to support a Refugee family with English Classes


Help refugees support their families, simply by sponsoring a student for classes to learn how to speak and read in English

Just follow this link above for a simple and safe way to donate and help a refugee help themselves and their families. You will change a refugee’s life by your sponsoring them to take an English class.

  • For only $400 you can sponsor 1 for the entire class (4 months)
  • For $200 you can sponsor a person for 2 months of class
  • For $100 you can sponsor a person for 1 month or
  • Any amount will help with books and supplies

Can you imagine what your life would be like if you arrived in a new country after escaping war in your own hometown and country?  What if you did not speak the language?  How would you buy food, get medical care or even ride a bus, much less get a job.  Learning to speak English for refugee families is as important as finding a safe place to live.

So, what is the problem?  Aren’t there lots of places that can teach English?  There are if you are in school, but as an adult who needs to work and support their family, there are a lot fewer options.

At the Clarkston Community Center we provide a comfortable, safe environment in where students spend the afternoons learning English, make friends, and start breaking down the cultural barriers.  All donations are tax deductible.  At the finish of the class, you will be invited to meet the person you helped to sponsor and speak to them in English.

A donation will help refugees who have seen so much hardship already in their lives.  Help them get back on their feet by taking the first step and learn English.

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