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Butts Co. Community Calendar: April 28, 2010

CERF HOUSE CLOTHES BOUTIQUE OPEN APRIL 28

CERF House Clothes Boutique will be open : Wednesday, April 28th from 9:30 am to noon

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

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.

NATIONAL HERB DAY AT INDIAN SPRINGS MAY 1

Local herbalist, Sheila Looman, will present Herbal and Gardening Demonstrations every hour on Saturday, May 1, which is the day designated nationally to celebrate our dependence on herbs in our culture. Herbal products, essential oils, herbal crafts for kids, and garden plants will be available at Generations Gallery in the Village at Indian Springs. For more information call 770-775-7916 on weekends, 770-227-4002 on weekdays.

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES MEETING MAY 4

National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 1829 will gather at member Ruth King's home for lunch meeting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 4. It is at the Benton House of Covington, 7155 S. Dearing Road off Highway 142 in Covington. All federal employees, retirees, and spouses are invited. Lunch $5.

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.

JACKSON FINE ARTS FESTIVAL MAY 8

The 2010 Jackson Fine Arts Festival will be held Saturday, May 8 under the oaks at the corner of Third and Dempsey Streets. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. over 18 artists will display their work in the triangle lot in front of Carmichael Insurance Agency. As a special treat on this Mothers Day weekend, a gourmet box lunch created by Gay Grant will be available for $5.

HOSA CHICKENQUE MAY 8

Jackson High School Health Occupational Students of America (HOSA) will hold a chickenque on Saturday, May 8 at the County Administrative Building Parking Lot from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. for $7 per plate, which Includes tea, meat, chips and slaw. We will also hold a yard sale and car wash on this day. Please call Jodi Braswell at 678-858-8033 to make yard sale donations. Yard sale and car wash begin at 8 a.m. All Proceeds will support our Jackson High School HOSA team to attend HOSA Nationals and represent our county and state in competition.

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.

BOOK CLUBS AT PUBLIC LIBRARY MAY 13, MAY 24

The Christian Fiction Book Club will meet at the Jackson-Butts County Public Library at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 13 to discuss The Moment Between by Nicole Baart. The Brown Bag Book Club will meet on Monday, May 24 at noon; it will focus on See You in a Hundred Years by Logan Ward.

PASTEL WORKSHOP MAY 15

The next in the series of Art Workshops sponsored by the Butts County Council for the Fine Arts through a Grass Roots Arts Program grant will occur on Saturday, May 15 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Generations Gallery in The Village at Indian Springs. Preston King will show beginners and advanced artists the techniques of applying the soft pastels. It is a good refresher course course for all artists. The $20 fee includes materials. Register before May 13. 1-800-352-7212

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.

ZETA PHI BETA SORORITY, INC PLANS BUTTS COUNTY EVENT

A special event is being planned for inactive members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in Butts County. If you are an inactive member of this historical sorority and reside in the Butts County area, please contact Ulanda Barkley at 478-994-0919 or uab928@bellsouth.net or Dorothy Griggs at 478-994-3937 or email dorothygriggs@bellsouth.net.

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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAM

The Butts County Senior Center is in need of help for the Meals on Wheels program. We need volunteers to help with the meal delivery on a daily basis. We need you if you are a mature adult who is willing to be a team player and help when needed. You must be willing to drive your own vehicle and provide gas or ride along and walk meals to the client's door. You must undergo a background check (at no charge), and you must be courteous and polite to the senior citizens who are our clinets. If you can help, call Jane Whelchel at 770-775-8238.