The Butts County School System will hold a pre-kindergarten registration informational meeting at 6 p.m. April 4 at the Ernest Battle Professional Development Center, 218 Woodland Way, Jackson. Information on requirements and procedures for pre-K registration for the 2018-19 school year will be given and parents can ask questions and pick up registration forms. To be eligible, children must be 4 years old before Sept. 1. Registration week will be held April 9-13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, also at the Ernest Battle Professional Development Center.
The Butts County Genealogical Society will meet at 10 a.m. April 5 at the Jackson-Butts County Public Library, 436 E. College St., Jackson. Traditional and DNA genealogy topics will be presented. The public is invited. For more information, call 770-775-1473.
Retired educators April 5
The Butts County Retired Educators Association will meet at 11 a.m. April 5 at Saki Japanese Steakhouse, 146 W. Third St., Jackson. All members are invited to attend. For more information, call 770-775-3465.
Art competition April 5
The deadline to enter the Congressional Art Competition is April 5. U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., is taking nominations from students in grades nine through 12. Winners will have their art displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year and earn a trip to Washington, D.C. For more information, visit Hice’s website at www.hice.house.gov/constituent-services/arts-competition.htm.
Night paddle April 6
High Falls State Park, at 76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson, will hold a twilight night paddle from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 6. See migrating cliff swallows and other wading birds in a 3-mile canoe paddle with ranger guides. Space is limited so participants should register in advance. The cost is $35 per couple plus a $5 parking fee. For more information, call 478-993-3053.
High Falls State Park, at 76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson, will hold a beginner stand-up paddling class from 9:30 to 11 a.m. April 7. Learn fundamental skills such as balance, steering and recovery techniques. After class, explore High Falls Lake with a free one-hour paddle board rental. The class is open to adults and children 8 ages and older who are accompanied by an adult. Participants must be able to swim. Space is limited and reservations are required. The cost is $25 plus a $5 parking fee. For more information, call 478-993-3053.
The Henderson School Alumni Association Trust will meet at 5 p.m. April 8 at Rising Star Baptist Church, 1644 Ga. Highway 16, Jackson. Donations are being sought to help the group purchase and renovate the old Henderson School campus. Checks can be made payable to the Henderson School Alumni Association Trust or HSAAT and mailed to P.O. Box 1607, Jackson, Ga., 30233. For more information, call the Rev. Charlie Barlow at 404-764-3073.
Wellness Day April 9
The Butts County Life Enrichment Team and Butts County 5-Heart-9 Club, which works to prevent low birth weight in infants, will hold a Community Wellness Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 9 at the Ernest Battle Professional Development Center, 218 Woodland Way, Jackson. Offerings include body fat analysis, reproductive life plans, family planning, infectious disease screening, low birth weight prevention and information on nutrition, Medicaid, financial planning and mentoring.
Daughtry Elementary School chorus and drama students will perform “The Lion King” at 6:30 p.m. April 12 and 13 at the Rufus Adams Auditorium, 218 Woodland Way, Jackson.
Library crafts April 14
The Jackson-Butts County Public Library, at 436 E. College St., Jackson, will hold an adult crafts day from 2:30 to 4 p.m. April 14. For more information or to register, call the library at 770-775-7524
First camp April 14
High Falls State Park, at 76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson, will hold an AmeriCorps First Time Camper Program Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15. A one-night camping adventure includes a schedule of activities Saturday and Sunday, use of camping equipment and ranger guidance. The cost is $31 plus $10 per person and a $5 parking fee. For more information, call 478-993-3053.
The Butts County Department of Leisure Services, at 576 Ernest Biles Drive, Jackson, will hold its spring break camp from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 16-20. The camp, for children ages 5 to 12, costs $65 per child. Participants must bring a lunch each day but snacks will be provided. Register at the recreation office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or sign up online at bcdls.org.
Daniel scholarship April 16
Applications for the Millard and Mary Frances Daniel Butts County 4-H Scholarship are due on April 16. For more information and an application, call 770-775-8209.
The Butts County Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic tournament will begin with registration at noon April 18 at the Hickory Hill Golf Club, 209 Biles Road, Jackson. The four-person scramble tournament will cost $220 for a team or $60 per player. There will be prizes for first through third places in two flights. Proceeds will go toward community events. Sponsorships also are being sought. For tournament and sponsor information call 770-775-4839 or visit www.buttschamber.com.
The Butts County Extension Office, at 576 Ernest Biles Drive, Jackson, will offer a short course on raising sheep and goats from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19. The cost is $20, which includes lunch and reference materials. For more information or to register, call 770-775-8209.
DAR April 19
The William McIntosh chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1:30 p.m. April 19 at the Chapter House located at 222 S. Mulberry St., Jackson. The program will consist of a presentation by Robert Jones on Mary Musgrove, an intermediary between colonial Georgians and the Muscogee Creek Native Americans. All members, associates, prospective members and guests are invited. The NSDAR is open to any woman 18 years old or older who can prove descent from ancestors who fought or provided service during the American Revolution.
Dauset Trails Nature Center, at 360 Mt. Vernon Church Road, Jackson, will hold its annual Bluebirds and Bluegrass Festival on April 21. The gates will open at 9 a.m. Music will begin at 11 a.m. and continue through 5 p.m. There will be live bands, a dulcimer jam session, nature and wildlife exhibits, outdoor recreation clubs, children’s activities, blacksmith demonstrations and Civil War reenactors. Food and beverages will be sold by Boy Scouts Troop 161 and the Jackson High School Red Regiment Band Boosters. For more information, call Dauset Trails at 770-775-6798.
Indian Springs State Park, at 678 Lake Clark Road, Flovilla, will hold an introductory archery class for people ages 8 and up from 2 to 4 p.m. April 21. All equipment is provided. All students must be present for a safety lesson. Bring water and wear closed-toed shoes. No baggy shirts should be worn. Students must register in advance. The cost is $10 plus a $5 parking fee. For more information, call the park office at 770-504-2277.
The Initiative to Prevent Sexual Abuse will hold two sessions of Darkness to Light Stewards of Children training from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Daughtry Foundation Building, 221 E. College St., Jackson. The training teaches adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It is offered in cooperation with the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. For more information or to register for the free sessions, call Lorraine Maddox at 678-544-3410.
The Magnolia Grove Apartments independent living facility, at 336 April Lane, Jackson, will hold a health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26. Vendors will distribute materials, provide health checks and do presentations. For more information, contact Angela Mack at 770-775-2890 or AMack@nationalchurchresidences.org.
The Butts County Extension Office, at 576 Ernest Biles Drive, Jackson, will offer a home gardening program from noon to 1 p.m. April 27. Topics covered will be cultural practices, pest management and troubleshooting garden problems. The cost is $5. For more information or to register, call 770-775-8209.
The Jackson High School class of 1995 will hold its fourth annual Jackson Football Alumni 5K beginning at 8 a.m. May 4 at Red Devil Hill, 400 Franklin St., Jackson. Proceeds go toward the school football program. Sponsors, runners and volunteers are being sought. For more information, call race coordinator Montez Morgan at 770-377-4515.
The second annual STEMseATL event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 5 at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, at 397 Racetrack Road, McDonough. The event will include hands-on science, math, engineering and technology demonstrations and a visit to Mercer University’s McDonough campus. For more information on sponsorships or tickets, contact Kim Smith at 432-352-6649 or @CampaignsthatBuzz on Twitter.
Dauset Trails summer camps
Registration for day camps at Dauset Trails Nature Center, 360 Mt. Vernon Church Road, Jackson, is ongoing. Camps will be held June 5-7, June 12-14, June 19-21 and June 26-28. For more information, call Dauset Trails at 770-775-6798.
The Butts County Department of Leisure Services, at 576 Ernest Biles Drive, Jackson, is taking applications for its summer day camps, which will be held weekly from June 4 through Aug. 3. The camps, for children ages 5 to 12, cost $75 per week. Participants will receive breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Weekly field trips and swimming are included in the fee. Register at the recreation office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or sign up online at www.bcdls.org.
Indian Springs State Park, at 678 Lake Clark Road, Flovilla, will hold Junior Ranger Camps from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11-14 and July 16-19. Campers ages 6 to 12 years old will learn about nature, history and a variety of animals while playing games and making new friends and memories. For more information, call 770-504-2277.
The Georgia River Network is taking registration for a seven-day Paddle Georgia trip along the Yellow and Ocmulgee rivers. The 14th annual summer paddle will be June 16-22. Part of the proceeds from the trip will help establish the Yellow River and Ocmulgee River water trails. Registration fees for the full trip are $425 for adults, $230 for children ages 8 to 17 and $30 for children ages 7 and under. Tickets for Paddle Georgia Lite, which includes the first or last two days of the trip, are $120, $70 and $15. To register, visit www.garivers.org/paddle_georgia. For more information, contact Joe Cook at 706-409-0128 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Dana Skelton at 706-549-4508 or email@example.com.
The McIntosh Trail Early Childhood Development Council is accepting applications for Early Head Start and Head Start programs for the 2018-19 school year. Early Head Start is for expectant mothers and children ages 8 weeks to 3 years old. Head Start is for children who have turned 3 or 4 years old by Sept. 1. Both are free programs with federal guidelines. Services include nutrition, health, mental health, education, social services and parent involvement. Applications may be picked up at the Butts County Department of Family and Children Services, Butts County Health Department or WIC offices, or the Head Start office in the McIntosh Trail Early Childhood Development Council building, 565 Recreation Drive, Jackson. For more information, call 770-775-3830 or 770-775-4293, ext. 109.
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