Assistive technology

open house, March 20

The Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging will host the grand opening of their new Assistive Technology Lab from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 20 at the Butts County Senior Center, 580 Ernest Biles Drive, Jackson. Sponsored in part with a grant from the Georgia Division of Aging Services, the lab will offer individuals the opportunity to view and try various assistive devices that can help them remain independent in their home. Individuals will be able to visit the lab after the grand opening by scheduling a reservation with TRAAA. For more information call 678-552-2845.

DAR meeting,

March 21

The William McIntosh chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 1:30 p.m. March 21 at the chapter house, located at 222 S. Mulberry St., Jackson. The program will consist of a presentation by Connie and David Waller on “Habitat Preservation for Monarch Butterflies.” 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.

‘Beauty and the Beast,’ March 21-23

The Daughtry Elementary School fine arts program will present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” at 7 p.m. March 21 and 22 and at 2 p.m. March 23 at the Rufus Adams Auditorium, 218 Woodland Way, Jackson. Admission is $5.

Forage Field Day,

March 29

The Butts County Extension will host a Forage Field Day at 10 a.m. March 29 at Tommy Presley’s Butts County farm, 861 Keys Ferry Road, Jackson. Topics covered during the event will include weed and pest management, sprayer management and upkeep and soil fertility management. Co-sponsors include the Towaliga Soil and Water Conservation District, Newton Crouch Equipment and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. A meal will follow the program at noon. The event is free. Register by calling 770-775-8209 or email by March 22.

Jackson city cleanup, March 30

The Jackson Clean City Task Force will host a litter cleanup day beginning at 8 a.m. March 30. The date will be changed to April 6 in the event of inclement weather. Volunteers should visit city hall, at 135 S. Mulberry St., to receive street assignments and supplies. Additional cleanup days are scheduled for June 1, Aug. 17 and Oct. 26. For more information call task force chairperson Nikki Sowell at 770-550-3065, City Clerk Brittany Brown at 770-775-7535 or Councilman Don Cook at 770-775-2234.

Amateur Radio Club, April 1

The Amateur Radio Club of Butts County, an ARRL-affiliated radio club, will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. April 1 in the Butts County Exchange Club Building, 174 Fairgrounds St., Jackson. Anyone with an interest in personal and public service communications using amateur radio is invited to attend.

The club holds regular amateur radio license testing sessions at Butts County Fire Department Station No. 7, at 144 Colwell Road. The next license testing session is at 9 a.m. May 18. For test session information or to register call 404-644-6585 or visit For information about the radio club call 770-957-0779.

Dauset Trails

day camp registration, April 1

Registration for day camp at Dauset Trails Nature Center, at 360 Mt. Vernon Church Road, Jackson, opens April 1. Day Camp will be held Tuesday through Thursday of each week in June from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The camp will feature swimming, fishing, kayaking, programs, crafts and games. The cost is $45 per child age 7 to 12. Space is limited. Call the office at 770- 775-6798 to make a reservation.

Kindergarten registration, May 8 and 9

The Butts County School System will be hosting kindergarten registration from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 8 and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 9 at the central registration office, in the Ernest Battle Professional Development Center, 218 Woodland Way, Jackson. When registering a student that does not attend a Butts County pre-K program, parents or guardians will need to bring the child on the day of registration, along with several required documents. Children will need to be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to enter kindergarten. For more information, call Susan Sarsany at 770-504-2300 or email

Cookbooks available

WellStar Sylvan Grove Hospital Volunteer Services is selling cookbooks for $13. For more information, call 678-618-4892.

Head Start enrollment

The McIntosh Trail Early Childhood Development Council is accepting applications for Early Head Start, Head Start and pre-K programs for the 2018-19 and upcoming 2019-20 school year.

The Early Head Start program is for expectant mothers and children ages 8 weeks to 3 years old. The Head Start program is for children who have or will turn 3 or 4 years of age by Sept. 1, 2019. Pre-K is for children who will have turned 4 by Sept. 1, 2019. Children with disabilities are given priority.

Head Start and Early Head Start are free programs and require families to meet federal guidelines. Pre-kindergarten is a free program with no income guidelines.

Applications may be picked up at the Department of Family and Children Services, Health Department, WIC program office, or at the office in any of McIntosh Trail’s seven counties: Butts, Henry, Lamar, Newton, Pike, Spalding and Upson. Pre-K is available only in Henry, Spalding, Newton and Upson counties.

For more information, call 770-775-4293.

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.

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