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Community Calendar: Butts County Fair this week

The Butts County Fair, presented by the Exchange Club of Jackson, will be held Sept. 6 through Sept. 10 at the fairgrounds off Nelson Street. The event will include rides, games, food and other fun.

BUSINESS EXPO SEPT. 8

The 2011 Business Expo “Surviving and Thriving in the Economic Jungle” will be held Sept. 8 from 3 to 7 p.m., at the Thomaston-Upson County Civic Center. For more information, contact Lori Smith at lorishowalter@windstream.net, visit www.thomastonchamber.com, 110 West Main Street, or call (706) 647-9686.

BISCUITS ON SALE SEPT. 9, 23

The Mary Buttrill School, at Jackson United Methodist Church, will be selling Chick-fil-A biscuits beginning at 7:15 a.m., on Friday, Sept. 9 and Friday, Sept. 23. Biscuits are $3. To reserve your order, call (678) 752-0021 by Wednesday, Sept. 7 and Sept. 21.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH FORUM SEPT. 10

The Jackson-Butts County branch of the NAACP is sponsoring a Community Outreach Forum for children of all races on the topic of the juvenile justice system. Parents, children, church and community leaders are invited to come and speak. An attorney will be present to provide information on children's rights to fair discipline and legal representation. The forum will be held Saturday, Sept. 10 at 3 p.m., at the Gospel of Christ Church, 250 Mallet St., Jackson. Contact NAACP representative Charles Watts at (678) 353-1055 to confirm your attendance and your guest. Refreshments will be served.

CITIZENS HANDGUN COURSE SEPT. 10

Butts County Sheriff’s Lt. Matt Garrison will be conducting a citizens handgun defense course on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 8 a.m. The class is free and the office will be providing lunch. Students will need to bring a working, serviceable handgun and 50 rounds of ammunition for the gun. The class will meet at the sheriff’s office at 8 a.m., and the students will be brought by bus to the firing range at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison. The class will cover the laws in Georgia on self defense and deadly force, handgun carry laws and how to obtain a firearms license. The class will go to the range and conduct live-fire shooting drills. At the end of the course, instructors will allow students to stay and fire some of the weapons used at the sheriff’s office for those who want. For more information, contact Garrison at the Butts County Sheriff’s Office, 835 Ernest Biles Drive in Jackson, at (770) 775-8216.

FLOVILLA SENIOR APPRECIATION DAY SEPT. 10

The City of Flovilla will have a Senior Citizens Appreciation Day on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 12 p.m. Lunch and a movie will be provided for all persons 55 or older. Call (770) 775-5661 to reserve a space.

NATIVE AMERICAN FESTIVAL/POW WOW SEPT. 10, 11

The 21st Annual Indian Springs Native American Festival and PowWow will be held at the Indian Spring Hotel/Museum Sept. 10 and 11. Listen to old stories, see the colorful Native American regalia, and enjoy traditional music. Hear singing by noted artists and the beating of the ceremonial drums. The featured performers are the Poarch Creek Stomp Dancers from Atmore, Ala., who will perform dances that can be traced back through the centuries. Special guests will be the Winged Ambassadors (Birds of Prey) with Dale Arrowood, conservationist and master falconer, who will provide educational facts and interesting details about each bird. The Grand Entry will be at 1 p.m., on both Saturday and Sunday.

The event will include many Native American vendors featuring arts, crafts, and demonstrations. The Indian Spring Hotel/Museum, built by Chief William McIntosh in 1823, will be open for tours. The hours are from 9 a.m., to 6 p.m., on Saturday and 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., on Sunday. There is a donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Infants are free. Free parking is across the street. For more information, contact Trina Mansfield at (770) 655-5905, or e-mail t_r_m@etcmail.com.

TERROR ATTACKS REMEMBRANCE SEPT. 11

The Greater Butts County Lions Club invites the public to participate in a special remembrance marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the U.S. The event will be held Sept. 11, at 8:30 a.m., at the Butts County Courthouse.

SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC SEPT. 12

The HELP Spay/Neuter Clinic's transport van, "The Snip Ship," will be meeting residents of Spalding, Butts, Henry and Pike counties in the back parking lot at Spalding County Animal Shelter, 208 Justice Blvd., Griffin, to transport pets to the surgical hospital in Newnan on Sept. 12 and Sept. 26. Pickup is at 8:45 a.m. The cost is as follows: female dogs ($70-80); male dogs ($60-70); female cats ($55); male Cats ($45). Pets will be returned to Spalding County Animal Shelter at 11:30 a.m., on the morning after surgery. Appointments are required. HELP accepts cash, checks, or pet owners may call in a credit card to the clinic on the day of their surgery. Each pet must have a rabies vaccination, or bring proof showing they have received one within the last year. If not current on rabies, the pet may receive the vaccine on the day of surgery. Additional vaccinations are available for $10 each. To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call Cindy Leopard at (770) 304-7911.

AGRICULTURE WORKSHOP SEPT. 13

Team Agriculture Georgia (TAG) is hosting a free, one-day workshop for small, beginning and limited-resource farmers Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the DuBose Porter Center of Oconee Fall Line Technical College in Dublin, Ga. Workshop topics will include forestry and wildlife management, livestock marketing, organics, financing small farms and agri-tourism, among others. For more information, call (706) 546-2207.

ERNEST BILES GOLF TOURNAMENT SEPT. 14

The 16th Annual Ernest Biles Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Hickory Hill Golf Course. Lunch will be served at noon, and the golfers will tee off at 1 p.m. It costs $50 per individual golfer and several sponsorships are available for those who want to donate. To get involved, contact Bob Ryan at (770) 775-8181.

DAUGHTERS OF THE REVOLUTION MEETING SEPT. 15

The William McIntosh Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Thursday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m., at the DAR Chapter House, 222 S. Mulberry Street, Jackson. Membership is open to ladies 18 and older who can prove lineal descent from a man or woman who served in the military or who gave civil service during the American Revolution. For additional information, contact the DAR at wmmcintoshdar@yahoo.com.

CHEROKEE GARDEN CLUB MEETING SEPT. 15

The Cherokee Garden Club will meet Sept. 15 at 7 p.m., at the Daughtry Foundation Building, 221 East College Street. The program topic will be on bulbs and flowers for spring bloom. New members are always welcome.

FRIENDS OF INDIAN SPRINGS MEET SEPT. 15

The Friends of Indian Springs State Park will meet on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m., in the group shelter at the park. No park pass is required. Bring ideas on how to make the park even more beautiful. For more information, call Gabriel Ivie at (770) 775-4976.

NAACP GOLF TOURNAMENT SEPT. 17

The Butts County branch of the NAACP will host its second annual Saving Our Sons and Sisters fundraising golf tournament Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m., at Hickory Hill Golf Course, 209 Biles Road, Jackson. Trophies will be given for first, second and third place. The tournament is $65 per person. For more information, contact the Rev. Harry Clark at (770) 775-6274.

PARK TRAIL CLEANUP DAY SEPT. 17

Indian Springs State Park will host a volunteer Overland Nature Trail Cleanup Day on Sept. 17 from 8 to 11 a.m. Participants should call the park office to sign up, and meet at the picnic tables by the Overland Nature Trail. Bring tools and water. There is a $5 parking fee. For more information, call Kristin Moore at (770) 504-2277.

CLASS OF 1969 REUNION SEPT. 17

The Jackson High School class of 1969 will throw a birthday party on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m., at the home of Ava and Albert Smith, 220 Buttrill Road, Jackson. Bring a covered dish. For more information, contact Ava Smith at (678) 230-3836, Jane Lofton at (770) 689-7682, or Bonnie Richardson at (770) 851-4750.

AZALEA GARDEN CLUB MEETS SEPT. 20

The next meeting of the Azalea Garden Club will be Sept. 20, at the Exchange Club of Jackson, at 7 p.m. The program will be on hydrangeas. For more information, call (770) 775-3512.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY MEET SEPT. 20

The Friends of the Jackson-Butts County Public Library will meet Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m., at the library, 436 East College Street, in Jackson.

INDIAN SPRINGS FISHING RODEO SEPT. 24

Indian Springs State Park will host its Second Annual Junior Angler Fishing Rodeo Sept. 24 from 9:15 a.m., to 12 p.m., at 678 Lake Clark Road, Flovilla. Attendees should bring their fishing poles. Bait will be provided. The rodeo is for children 15 and younger. Every child will win a prize. The parking fee is $5. For more information, call Indian Springs State Park at (770) 504-2277.

AEROSPACE FAIR OCT. 1

The Griffin Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol will be holding its second annual Aerospace Education Fair to promote community awareness of the vast impact aerospace plays in society. A wide variety of topics will be presented and on display, including aircraft, flight operations, careers, spacecraft, and people in aerospace. The Aerospace Education Fair is free of charge and open to the public for all ages. The Griffin Civil Air Patrol Squadron serves young people and adults from Clayton, Henry, Spalding, Pike, Lamar, Fayette and Butts counties. Members from other Civil Air Patrol Squadrons in the region will also be presenting at the fair.

The Aerospace Education Fair will run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Griffin-Spalding Airport. Awards will be presented at 12:30 p.m. Additional information about this event, and a map to the facility, can be found at www.griffincap.org.

ARTIFACT ID DAY OCT. 8

The annual Artifact ID Day will be Saturday, Oct. 8 from 12 to 4 p.m., at the Indian Spring Hotel/Museum. Archaeologists from the Ocmulgee Archaeological Society will be on hand to identify Native American artifacts from all periods. This is a free event. Donations will be accepted for those that wish to contribute toward the expenses of the event, but they are not required to have your items identified. For more information, call W.J. Shannon at (770) 361-7185 or e-mail wjshannon123@bellsouth.net.

JACKSON ALIVE FESTIVAL OCT. 8

Jackson Alive: The Family Festival, co-sponsored by the Butts County Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Butts County Lions Club, will be held Oct. 8 from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., in downtown Jackson. For more information, call (770) 775-4839 or visit www.chamberbuttscounty.com.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE OCT. 8

The Friends of the Jackson-Butts County Public Library will hold a fundraising book sale on Oct. 8, from 9 a.m., to 5 p.m., at the Daughtry Foundation Building at 221 College Street in Jackson. Most books will be priced at 50 cents, $1, $2 or three for $1.

FIRE DEPARTMENT GUN RAFFLE OCT. 22

The Flovilla Fire Department is having a drawing for a Remington rifle, Model 700 LSS (Laminated Stainless Steel) 270 caliber with a Nikon scope. The drawing will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m., at the Flovilla Fire Station located at 308 Heard Street. Tickets are available from any member of the fire department for a donation of $5. The money raised with this fundraiser will be used to purchase equipment for the new fire truck. Participants do not need to be present to win. For more information, contact Glenn Williams at (770) 710-4680 or (478) 993-3764.

MEDICARE PROGRAM OCT. 27

GeorgiaCares will present a Medicare program at the Butts County Senior Center on Ernest Biles Drive in Jackson on Oct. 27, at 10 a.m.

ESSAY CONTEST DEADLINE NOV. 18

The William McIntosh Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring an American history essay contest. The topic for grades fifth through eighth is “Young America Takes a Stand: The War of 1812.” The topic for grades ninth through 12th is “Christopher Columbus: In his own time, in history, and today.” The deadline for submitting an essay is Friday, Nov. 18. The contest is open to all students in public, private or parochial schools, or those who are home schooled. For additional information, contact Sue Oglesby at (678) 752-9056.

VICTORY QUILTERS’ GUILD

The Victory Quilters’ Guild meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Daughtry Foundation Building, 221 East College Street, Jackson. The guild is an informal group that represents a variety of skill levels in quilting. Guild members encourage others to join. For more information, call (770) 775-1596.

RECOVERY GROUP MEETING WEEKDAYS

A new addiction-recovery group is meeting every day, Monday through Friday, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the United Bible Church, 310 East Third Street, Jackson. The group is directed by Pastor Leonard Ross. For more information, contact Ross at (404) 625-2360 or Kenneth Grier at (678) 752-2317.

AA GROUP MEETINGS

The Jackson-Butts County group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Friday and Sunday evening at 7 p.m., at the Daughtry Foundation Building at 221 East College Street in Jackson. For more information, call (770) 317-2213.

LIFE CHOICES OPEN REGULARLY

Life Choices Pregnancy Resource Center is open every Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m., until 4 p.m., and Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m., offering free pregnancy tests; peer counseling for expectant and new mothers with opportunity to earn equipment, clothing and supplies; information on adoption; parenting classes; information on abortion risks; and post-abortion peer counseling. Call (770) 775-5116 for an appointment or drop by to inquire. Life Choices is located at 307 East Third Street, Jackson, at the rear of the CERF House Building.

The Community Calendar is a regular feature of the Jackson Progress-Argus. To submit an item, e-mail mdavis@myjpa.com, write to P.O. Box 249 or 129 S. Mulberry Street, Jackson, Ga., 30233, or fax to (770) 775-3855, by 5 p.m., the Monday prior to publication.