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Butts Co. Community Calendar: April 21, 2010

TUTORING FOR END OF COURSE TESTS AT JACKSON HIGH THROUGH 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.

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.

BUTTS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING APRIL 22

Members and non-members of the Butts County Historical Society are invited invited to come hear about two exciting historical events on Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at the Daughtry Foundation Building. The program will be presented by W.J. Shannon, a Butts County resident who has spent over 20 years researching the sites in our county on the Civil War Trail and the early Creek settlements here. He has a tremendous collection of local artifacts, some dated by State Archaeologists as originating 10,000 years ago. Light refreshments will be served following the meeting. For more information, call 770-775-5350.

BUTTS COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE APRIL 23-24

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 begin Friday, April 23 at the Butts County Parks & Recreation Department track and football field and will continue throught the night. The Survivor Reception will be Thursday, April 22 at 6 p.m. at Butts County Parks & Recreation Department Community Center. For more information, contact Donna Owens or Pat Crawford at 770-504-2300.

PUBLIC LIBRARY CLOSED APRIL 23-24

The Jackson-Butts County Public Library will be closed Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 for roof maintenance. The Library will re-open at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 26.

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.

CERF HOUSE CLOTHES BOUTIQUE OPEN APRIL 24, 28

CERF House Clothes Boutique will be open : Wednesday, April 28th from 9:30 am to noon and on Saturday: April 24th from 10 am to 2 pm.

AMERICAN LEGION POST 102 & LADIES AUXILIARY MEETING APRIL 26

The American Legion Post 102 and Ladies Auxiliary will hold their regular meeting on Monday, April 26 at 6 p.m. Plan to be there since we have an important vote. For further information, call Art Van Dusen at 770-775-4722 or Sarah O-Neal at 770-775-3659.

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 3 $270; District 4 $270. For more information call the Election and Registration Office at 770-775-8202.

FREE SKIN CARE/PROTECTION SEMINAR APRIL 29

Summer sun is coming soon! Learn about skin care and how you can protect your skin against aging and cancer at the Butts County Community Center on Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m. This free seminar will be presented by Cindy Richardson, Nurse Practitioner. The program is sponsored by Sylvan Grove Hospital in partnership with the Butts County Parks & Recreation Department and the Jackson-Butts County Public Library. 770-775-7861

DAY CAMP REGISTRATION AT DAUSET TRAILS

There are a few Day Camp openings left for the July 5-7 and July 12-14 sessions only. Day Camp is for kids ages 7-12. Camp meets Monday -Wednesday and costs a donation of $45 per child. Call 770-775-6798 to make reservations.

MOVIE UNDER THE STARS AT DAUSET TRAILS MAY 1

Bring your family and friends Saturday, May 1 to see Tooth Fairy at Dauset Trails. Our gate will open at 7:30 pm. Showtime is 8:30 pm. $10 donation per vehicle required. Concessions will be sold. Bring chairs and blankets and relax under the stars.

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.

ANNUAL WINE & CHEESE TASTING FOR THE BUTTS COUNTY FERST FOUNDATION MAY 6

The Butts County Ferst Foundation will be having their Annual Wine & Cheese Tasting Silent Auction at Pinky's Parlor on Thursday, May 6. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or at the Chamber Office.This is a Childhood Literacy Fund Raiser which supports children of Butts County receiving free books from birth to kindergarten. Come to bid on some of these exciting items: Chipper Jones Autographed Bat & four Braves Tickets; Tickets to Phantom of the Opera;Taste of Jackson Basket (Gift Cards to local restaurants); Wine Baskets; Weekend Get-a-Way; and many, many more.

MENTORING PROGRAM AT BURNING BUSH BEGINS MAY 10

Burning Bush Youth & Family Intervention Center, Inc. will be starting a mentoring program for boys called M.I.G.I. (Made In God's Image) and girls called D.I.V.A. (Divinely Inspired to Live Virtuously Always) on Monday, May 10. If you are interested in placing your child in a program that would encourage them to be positive, allow them to interact with others, work on their social skills and challenge them to impact their world, come speak with a member of our staff. There will be a short interview process. We will accept appointments until May 6. Slots are limited. For more information, call 678-774-8230.

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.

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.