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Community Calendar: April 14, 2010

STORYTELLING WITH MAMA KOKU APRIL 14

Watch the stories come to life! All parents with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are invited to enjoy a fun-filled morning of storytelling with Mama Koku at the Rainbow Center on Wednesday, April 14 at 10 a.m. Mama Koku is a master storyteller, who will delight you and your child as she brings the story to life. Contact Christy Goolsby or Sheryl Warner with any questions 770-504-2332.

TUTORING FOR END OF COURSE TESTS AT JACKSON HIGH APRIL 12-MAY 1

The Jackson High School math faculty is offering tutoring for the upcoming End of Course Tests (EOCT) in Math I and Math II before and after school throughout April and on Saturday, May 1. The EOCT accounts for 15 percent of the students' class grade. Benefits of polishing skills for these tests will extend into the newly revised Georgia High School Graduation Test in Math which Juniors will face next March.

CERF HOUSE CLOTHES BOUTIQUE OPEN APRIL 14, 24, 28

CERF House Clothes Boutique will be open two Wednesdays in April: April 14th and 28th from 9:30 am to noon. The clothes boutique will be open one Saturday: April 24th from 10 am to 2 pm. The CERF Board meeting will be held on the third Thursday of this month, April 15th from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

SPORTS PHYSICALS FOR JHS & HMS STUDENTS APRIL 16

Students in team sports at Jackson High School and Henderson Middle School are required to have up-to-date examinations from a physician certifying they are medically able to participate. Jackson High School Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA) will sponsor annual sports physicals on Friday, April 16 at JHS. Dr. Lezlie Biles is again donating her time and expertise to conduct the physicals. Students are required to sign up and schedule a time in advance through HOSA. The $15 fee for the physicals is being donated to HOSA to fund students who qualified to compete at HOSA Nationals at Orlando in June.

GET INVOLVED IN RELAY FOR LIFE

We invite you to form a Butts County Relay for Life Team. The American Cancer Society has adopted the "More Birthdays" campaign this year. Our wish is to rid the world of cancer and see everyone have more birthdays. We need help from everyone in our community. Relay For Life Butts County 2010 will be Friday, April 23 and the Survivor Reception will be Thursday, April 22 at 6 p.m. at Butts County Parks & Recreation. For more information, contact Donna Owens or Pat Crawford at 770-504-2300.

AUDITIONS FOR DINNER THEATRE APRIL 13, 15, & 17

So you think you can act? Here's your chance to find out! The Butts CountyCommunity Theatre is planning a dinner theatre and would like you to become a part of it. Auditions will be held on Tuesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 15 from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday, April 17 from 10 a.m.-noon. Come and see what is happening in Jackson. For further information, call Mary Ann at 770-883-9116.

JACKSON COMMUNITY SEED & PLANT SWAP & SALE APRIL 17

The Second Annual Community Seed and Plant Swap and Sale will be held Saturday, April 17, on the grounds of the Jackson Presbyterian Church (corner of Oak and First Streets). Bring seeds and plants to swap or sell from 9 am until 2 p.m. Rain or shine. Free. Come enjoy 30 vendors offering passalong plants, seeds, heirloom vegetables, a bee condo, fertilizer, pecans, honey and more. There will be canning, freezing and drying conversations and exhibits. More vendors this year means less parking; so please park in the nearby city lot.

BASEBALL & SOFTBALL OPENING DAY APRIL 17

Opening Day for the 2010 Youth Baseball and Softball Season of the Butts County Parks & Recreation Department will be Saturday, April 17 at Daughtry Park. The March of Teams will begin at 9 am from the Community Center. Opening Day Ceremonies will begin at 9:30 am on Field A at the Buster Duke Baseball Complex. Throwing out the first pitches of the 2010 season will be 2010 Hall of Fame inductees Doc McMichael and Coreen Clark. Games begin at 10 am. Come out and catch the spirit of Youth Sports.

DRAWING WORKSHOP WITH SCOTT COLEMAN APRIL 17

Local Arts Council Member, Scott Coleman, will present a Drawing Workshop at Generations Gallery in The Village at Indian Springs on Saturday, April 17 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The all-day intensive program is designed to develop the skill of emerging artists in the county. " Drawing is basic to all other forms of artwork. It is essential to know, no matter what other creative disciplines you decide to develop." $20 includes materials; register before Thursday, April 15.

LIFE CHOICES HOSTING TEA APRIL 17

Life Choices Pregnancy Resource Center is hosting a Traditional English Tea on Saturday, April 17 from 2-4 p.m. on the lawn at the center,176 Indian Springs Street in Jackson. Wear your favorite spring hat & dress: prizes will be given for best hat, period dress, and maybe a couple of silly prizes just for fun. We are looking for sponsors to decorate our tables with their favorite tea services. We have tables that seat either 4-6 or 6-8 ladies, and ask that you assist us in selling the tickets for your table at $25 each. Tables are being reserved very quickly, so let me know as soon as possible if you'd like to decorate one. You will not need to provide a centerpiece, those will be donated by local floral shops & auctioned off as part of our fundraising. We will have live classical music, a fantastic speaker and delicious treats to go with our tea. If you are interested in sponsoring a table, preparing food, or just want to purchase a ticket, please let me know at Life Choices PRC 770-775-5116

SALAD LUNCHEON ON SECRETARY'S DAY APRIL 21

The Butts County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Salad Luncheon with Celebrity Chef Frank Jock on Wednesday, April 21, which is Secretary's Day. Why not send your secretary, or anyone from your business. Everyone is invited. The time is 11:30 a.m. at Central Georgia EMC Auditorium. There will be a Silent Cookbook Auction and door prizes. Tickets: $12 donation. Call 770-775-4839 or come by the Chamber at 625 West Third Street, Suite 6 for tickets.

SENIOR SPRING FLING APRIL 21

Come out to the Spring Fling, a Senior Social, on Wednesday, April 21 from noon - 3 p.m. at the Butts County Senior Center, 576 Ernest Biles Drive in Jackson. Bring your favorite dessert or appetizer to share with others. Music, dancing, food and games. Call 770-775-8238 for more information.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT AT DAUGHTRY PARK APRIL 24

United Bank and the Butts County Parks & Recreation Department present Family Movie Night at Daughtry Park. Bring the family out for an unbelievable outdoor movie experience showing Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel on a 30 foot inflatable screen. Family Movie Night is Saturday, April 24 at the Charlie Brown Football/Track Field. Admission is only $5 per car. Park concession stand will be open selling all of your park favorites. Gates open at 7 pm; Movie begins at 8 pm.

THIRD ANNUAL WRITERS CONFERENCE APRIL 23-24.

Award-winning authors join aspiring writers in the charming Village at Indian Springs to share the secrets of how books get made. Writer Dr. Anne B. Jones has planned an exciting program that includes professional writers, editors, and publishers. Small, intimate sessions mean more time to rub elbows with the speakers: Dale Cramer, Rosemary Daniell, Louise Staman, Dr. Anne B. Jones, Peter Bowerman, Beverly Browning, Jackie Lee Miles, William Rawlings, Jr., Patricia Sprinkle, Jackie Cooper. A full schedule can be viewed at www.thevillageatindiansprings.com/gallery. Conference registration starts at 2 pm Friday. The seminar is offered at a special reduced price of $100 this year and includes access to all seminars, book signing events, and meals. An Open Mike Event will be open to the public as well as seminar attendees on Friday evening. Reception starts at 5 p.m. and is hosted by the Writers Group of Generations Gallery. You are invited to read from your latest work. Call 1-800-352-7212 to register. The informal, cozy setting at the Gallery is an ideal format to receive feedback from a supportive audience.

COMMUNITY GARDEN PLANTING DAY APRIL 24

The Community Garden will be celebrating its "Season Opening and Planting Day" on Saturday, April 24. Free hot dogs, chips and drinks will be offered at about 11 a.m. Planting will begin at 9 a.m. and last until around 11 a.m. Volunteers for planting are welcome. For those who cannot assist in planting or just want to come by and check out the activities, please come on! The vegetables grown in the community garden will touch many lives with in our county and it deserves support. Come by and sign up to volunteer during the harvesting season. Bring a lawn chair and be ready to have fun, whether you plant or just watch the fun. For more information contact the Community Garden Coordinator, Tim Thacker, by email at thacker.tim@gmail.com or phone him at 404-925-2668. You can also phone the CERF House at 770-504-9013.

ELECTIONS QUALIFYING APRIL 26-30

Qualifying for the General Primary/Special Election to be held on Tuesday July 20 will begin on Monday, April 26 at 9 a.m. and will end on Friday, April 30 noon. Qualifying will be held in the Administration Building at 625 W. Third Street in Jackson. The offices open for qualifying and the fees are :County Commissioners, District 1 $270; District 2 $270. For more information call the Election and Registration Office at 770-775-8202.

MCINTOSH TRAIL COMMUNITY SERVICE BOARD TO SPONSOR MCINTOSH MARKET SALE; DONATIONS REQUESTED

The McIntosh Trail Community Service Board (MTCSB) serves Butts, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Spalding, and Upson Counties. Its mission is to offer individuals experiencing symptoms associated with mental illness, addictive disease, and/or developmental disability the hope for optimal functioning by providing quality behavioral health services and supports. MTCSB will be holding a two-day Flea Market event on June 4 & 5 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Cooks Supermarket Center, 917 Memorial Drive in Griffin. Please consider donating; call to schedule item donation drop-off 770-358-8333 or email www.mctrail.org. Budgets have been drastically cut, and MTCSB is fundraising to be able to purchase needed items for individuals served, such as housing start-up kits, medication, and support services not covered by funding.

GEORGIA BURN BAN BEGINS MAY 1

Georgia's annual air quality ban on outdoor burning begins on Saturday, May 1.The annual restrictions will be in place for 54 counties through September 30, 2011 "The Georgia Environmental Protection Division puts this ban in place to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations," said Jenny Lynn Bruner, Chief Ranger for the Georgia Forestry Commission. "Ozone levels increase to unhealthy levels in summer. Open burning is restricted during the ban in an effort to manage the summertime surge in ozone levels."

The outdoor burning ban is under the jurisdiction of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Environmental Protection Division (EPD), Air Protection Branch. The Georgia Forestry Commission operates an on-line burn permit system at 1-877-OK2-BURN. The phone system informs callers by county whether or not they can burn. Residents may also call local GFC office for more information or visit www.GATREES.org

INDIAN SPRINGS 5K RUN/DOG JOG-WALK MAY 1

Join us at beautiful Indian Springs State Park on Saturday, May 1 for the 3rd Annual Dog Jog-Walk and 5K fun run. The dog jog-walk will begin at 8 a.m. (No dog needed; just come out and walk for the cause.) The 5K run will begin at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is $15; race day registration begins at 7 a.m. and is $20. The $5 per vehicle State Park fee will be collected. Registration forms are available at Sylvan Grove Hospital and Brookwood Animal Clinic. There will be awards, DJ, freebies, and fun for all. Proceeds benefit Camp Hardgrove (brain injury camp for children) and Butts County Animal Control. For information, contact indiansprings5k@gmail.com, Maria Chastain 7707757861 ext 206, or Gail Carrouth 770-504-0853.

COUNTY-WIDE YARD SALE MAY 1

Start your spring cleaning now and get ready for the 4th Annual County-Wide Yard Sale. The event will be held on Saturday, May 1 from 9 am - 3 pm at the vacant lot adjacent to the Butts County Administrative Building. The event is expected to attract over 300 citizens of Butts County and surrounding counties. It is an ideal opportunity to get rid of the clutter in your home and make some extra cash at the same time. 10 X 10 spaces are available for $10 per space for general merchandise sellers and $25 for food vendors. If you are interested in reserving a space in the 4th Annual County-Wide Yard sale, visit the Recreation Office for an entry form.

GREAT AMERICAN CLEAN-UP CONTINUES THROUGH MAY 31

Clean Up Butts Association (CUBA) announces the Great American Clean Up runs through May 31. Everyone is encouraged to participate. For specific opportunities to volunteer, call 770-775-0204.