Community Calendar: Daughtry Elementary to host Red Cross blood drive

The science club of Daughtry Elementary School, at 150 Shiloh Road, Jackson is sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Feb. 14 in the cafeteria. Each student who recruits a donor will receive recognition as a Pint-Sized Hero. The program also includes lessons for students on blood and blood drives. The club is making Valentine’s Day cards for everyone who turns out to make a donation. Appointments can be scheduled at

Health fair deadline

WellStar Sylvan Grove Hospital is seeking exhibitors for its annual community health fair. The deadline to register is Feb. 15. The health fair will be held at the Jackson-Butts County Public Library, 436 E. College St., Jackson, on March 15. For more information or an application form, contact Nancy Rollins at

Jackson Elementary School, at 1105 Brownlee Road, Jackson, will hold its mother/son and father/daughter Pink Out dance at 6 p.m. Feb. 15 in the school cafeteria. The school book fair will be open during the dance.

Jackson will hold an Arbor Day event at 10 a.m. Feb. 16 in the parking lot next to City Hall, at 134 S. Oak St., and be recognized as a Tree City for the 26th year. Flovilla’s Arbor Day event will begin at 11 a.m. at city hall, 308 Heard Street, where a tree will be planted in memory of former Mayor George Smith. Jenkinsburg will hold its Arbor Day event at 2 p.m. Feb. 16.

The Butts County Department of Leisure Services will hold youth spring soccer camps Feb. 16-25 at the Butts County recreation fields, 576 Ernest Biles Drive, Jackson. Camp for children ages 5 to 13 will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 16 and Feb. 23, and 3-5 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24. Camp for children ages 9 to 13 will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24, and from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18 and 25. For more information visit, call 770-873-3213 or e-mail

Stark Elementary School, at 209 Stark Road, Jackson, will hold its father-daughter dance from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16. The cost is $8 per person, including refreshments. Photos will be available for $8 each or two for $15. For more information, call Lauren Rankin at 770-775-9470.

The Butts Mutts pet rescue organization will hold its third annual Fur Ball from 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 17 at The Rivers Ranch, 1959 Ga. Highway 42 N., Jackson. Tickets are $50 and include dinner, cocktails, live entertainment and a silent auction. For more information, visit

Indian Springs State Park, at 678 Lake Clark Road, Flovilla, will hold an indoor movie night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the family shelter. The movie will be a love story for all ages featuring everyone’s favorite talking donkey. Bring a camp chair, bean bag or pillow for comfort. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 6:30 p.m. There is a $5 parking fee. For more information, call the park office at 770-504-2277.

The Butts County Department of Leisure Services will hold its winter camp program for children ages 5 to 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19-23 at the community center at 576 Ernest Biles Drive, Jackson. The cost is $65 per child. Participants must bring lunch but a snack will be provided. Register at the recreation office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit

The Jackson-Butts County Public Library, at 436 E. College St., Jackson, will host the Jeffini’s Reading Rock Stars Show for its winter break program at 11 a.m. Feb. 20. The show is performed by Jeffini the Great, a magician based in Atlanta who uses music, magic and puppets to encourage children to read. For more information, call the library at 770-775-7524.

The Jackson-Butts County Public Library, at 436 E. College St., Jackson, will hold family craft nights from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 20 and 22. All supplies will be provided and no registration is required. All ages are welcome to this free event. For more information, call the library at 770-775-7542.

Butts County Day at the Capitol is Feb 21. For those who wish to attend, registration paperwork can be found at, the at the Butts County Chamber of Commerce at 625 W. Third St., Jackson, and by calling Nikki Sowell at 770-550-3065.

The Southside Butts County Medical Center, at 176 Lyons St., Jackson, will hold a health fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 24. About a dozen vendors will provide free health checks and information. There will also be a bounce house, a game truck, food, music, giveaways and face painting. For more information, call the center at 404-688-1350.

The Griffin-Spalding County Genealogical Society will hold a genealogy class from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Bailey Tibault House, 633 Meriwether St., Griffin. Susan Sloan will discuss information available from the U.S. Census and Nathan Mathews will discuss DNA matching. The program is free to society members and $10 for guests. For more information, contact the society at or 770-229-2432.

High Falls State Park, at 76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson, will hold a crappie fishing tournament from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 3. Prizes will be awarded for first- through third-place anglers and the biggest fish. One- or two-man teams are welcome. Boats are restricted to 9.9 horsepower motors or smaller. Non-motorized boats are also welcome. Space is limited. Register in advance by calling the park office. The cost is $35 if registered in advance, and $40 the day of the tournament if space is available. There is a $5 parking fee. For more information, call 478-993-3053.

The Jackson-Butts County Council for the Arts will award one $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior who lives in Butts County and is continuing education in a fine arts field like music, drama, writing, painting, design or dance. The deadline to apply is March 19. Applications are available at the Jackson High School counselors’ office. For more information, contact Diane Glidewell at 770-775-6592 or

Scholarship deadline March 15

The deadline is March 15 for Butts County residents who are high school seniors graduating this year to apply for the Partners for Smart Growth scholarship. Applications can be found at or contact Nikki Sowell at 770-550-3065 or

The Magnolia Grove Apartments independent living facility, at 336 April Lane, Jackson, is seeking vendors for an upcoming health fair by March 29. The nonprofit housing unit is seeking vendors to distribute materials, provide health checks and do presentations at the health fair set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26. Vendors who will not sell any goods can sign up for free. Those planning to sell items, including food, must pay a $10 fee. For more information, contact Angela Mack at 770-775-2890 or

Free tax preparation

The Community Calendar is a regular feature of the Jackson Progress-Argus. To submit an item, email, write to 129 S. Mulberry St., Jackson, GA, 30233, or fax to 770-775-3855 by noon the Monday prior to publication.

Source Article