Memory Care Cafe, Feb. 21

Homestead Hospice will host a Memory Care Cafe, a group for caregivers of those with dementia, at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Butts County Senior Center, 580 Ernest Biles Drive, Jackson. Call 678-447-3011.

Black History Month program, Feb. 24

China Grove Baptist Church, at 543 Railroad Ave., Flovilla, will host an NAACP Black History Month program at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 featuring guest speakers Pastor Dee Sidney and Pastor M. Mayfield. For more information, call 678-5728536.

Gordon State concert, Feb. 26

Flutist Christina Smith will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Gordon State College Fine Arts Theatre, 419 College Drive, Barnesville. Smith is an orchestral player, soloist, chamber musician and teacher, and is the principal flutist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra where she holds the Jill Hertz Principal Flute Chair. Admission at the door is $10 for adults, $5 for youths and $7 for seniors. Call 678-359-5555 or visit

Radon workshop, Feb. 27

The University of Georgia Butts County Extension will hold a program on radon from noon to 1 p.m. and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 with guest speaker Derek Cooper, a UGA radon educator. Cooper will discuss what radon is, how to test your home and how it is the second-leading cause of lung cancer. The program will be held at the Butts County Extension Office, 576 Ernest Biles Drive, Jackson. There is no cost to attend the program. To register, call Butts County Extension office at 770-775-8209. After the program, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a radon test kit for $10 (cash or check only).

Historical Society, Feb. 28

The Butts County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Daughtry Foundation Building, 221 E. College Street, Jackson. Mamie Crawford will speak on the history of Zion Missionary Baptist Church. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 770-775-3313.

Amateur Radio Club, March 4

The Amateur Radio Club of Butts County will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. March 4 in the Butts County Exchange Club Building, 174 Fairgrounds St., Jackson. Anyone with an interest in personal 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, 144 Colwell Road. The next license testing session is at 9 a.m. March 16. For test session information or to register call 404-644-6585 or visit For information about the radio club call 770-957-0779.

Partners for Smart Growth scholarship deadline, March 15

Butts County Partners for Smart Growth will be offering four $1,000 scholarships to deserving Butts County seniors. Scholarship application forms are now available at and from the counselor’s office. Applications should be postmarked March 15. For more information, email

St. Patrick’s Day dinner, dance, March 16

The Greater Butts County Lions Club will hold its 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner and dance from 6 to 10 p.m. March 16 at the Idlewilde Event Center at Indian Springs State Park, 678 Lake Clark Road, Flovilla. The cost is $35 per person, or $250 for a table for eight. Entertainment will be provided by the Mackie Creek Band. For more information or tickets, call 678-634-2967 or email

Scholarship application deadline, March 19

The Jackson-Butts County Council for the Arts will award two $1,000 scholarships this year to residents of Butts County who graduate from high school by June and plan to pursue education in a fine arts field (music, drama, visual art, dance, graphic art, etc.). The application deadline is March 19. Applications are available at the Jackson High School counselor’s office or contact Diane Glidewell at

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.

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