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Butts Co. Community Calendar:May 5, 2010

PRAYER FOR OUR NATION MAY 6

Everyone is invited to join us in praying for our nation on Thursday, May 6 at noon at the Butts County Courthouse flagpole. The theme for this year is: "Prayer for such a time as this," based on Nahum 1:7, "The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him." For more information regarding the event, contact Rev. Mike Burge at 770-826-5022. For more information regarding the "National Day of Prayer" go online to www.nationaldayofprayer.org or call 719-531-3379

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.

AARP MEETS MAY 10

AARP meets Monday, May 10 at 10:30 at the the Senior Center. Avery Smith will be the speaker. Ways & Means is a bakeless bake sale. According to an AARP member who shall remain nameless, that's when "you give money and don't want to bake a cake." Come and bring a friend.

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.

DOCENT TRAINING AT INDIAN SPRINGS HOTEL/MUSEUM MAY 13

Volunteers are needed to greet visitors on Saturdays and Sundays at the Indian Spring Hotel/Museum from 1 - 4 p.m. throughout the summer, beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Volunteer (docent) training will be offered at the Indian Springs Hotel/Museum on Highway 42, across from Indian Springs State Park, on Thursday May 13 at 7 p.m. Consider joining the excitement at Indian Springs by volunteering at our community's famous historic building. For more information, call 770.775.5350 or email rainy717@gmail.com

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.