Blues performance, Jan. 31
The History Club of Gordon State College, at 419 College Drive, Barnesville, will present “An Evening of Blues” with Jontavious Willis from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Gordon State College Student Center Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door and admission is $3 for students, $7 for community members and $5 for faculty and staff. Visit http://jontaviouswillis.com/.
Stuff the Bus, Feb. 2
The Butts County School System, the Life Enrichment Team and Zaxby’s will be holding a Stuff the Bus event from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 2 at Zaxby’s, 501 W. Third St., Jackson. Those who donate school supplies — including book bags, loose leaf paper, spiral notebooks, pencils, erasers, glue sticks, crayons, folders, binders, rulers, highlighters and other items — can receive a coupon for a free kid’s meal. Limit two coupons per family. For more information, call 770-775-5829.
Groundhog Day, Feb. 2
Gen. Beauregard Lee, Georgia’s weather prognosticating groundhog, will make his second Groundhog Day prediction Feb. 2 from Dauset Trails Nature Center, at 360 Mt. Vernon Church Road, Jackson. The gates will open to visitors at 6 a.m. The free event will begin at sunrise, around 7:30 a.m. Visitors can find out if Lee sees his shadow, and whether there will be six more weeks of winter or an early spring. Dauset Trails will also host the Huff-N-Puff Half Marathon and Groundhog Grinder 5K race on the trails after the ceremony. Visit ultrasignup.com for more race information.
Amateur Radio Club, Feb. 4
The Amateur Radio Club of Butts County will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 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 at 144 Colwell Road, Jackson. 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 www.bcgaares.org. For information about the radio club, call 770-957-0779.
American Legion, Feb. 4
American Legion Post 102 will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Brickery, located at 232 W. Second St., Jackson. All veterans are invited to attend.
Genealogical Society, Feb. 7
The Butts County Genealogical Society will meet at 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Jackson-Butts County Public Library, 436 E. College St., Jackson, for a roundtable workshop on traditional and DNA genealogy. Visitors are welcome. Call 770-775-1473 for more information.
Livestock show, Feb. 9
The Piedmont Area Livestock Show will be held Feb. 9 at the Newton County Agricultural Center, 720 FFA-FHA Camp Road, Covington. Check in is from 7 to 9 a.m. The show starts at 10 a.m. Jackson High School FFA members will be on hand to assist with registration.
Smoking cessation group, Feb. 12
The Butts County Southside Medical Center, at 176 Lyons St., Jackson, will host a free smoking cessation group beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 12. For more information, call 770-504-5566.
Memory Care Cafe, Feb. 14
Homestead Hospice will host a Memory Care Cafe, a group for caregivers of those with dementia, at 10 a.m. Feb. 14 at Macedonia Baptist Church, 151 Macedonia Church Road, Jackson. Call 678-447-3011.
Home landscape class, Feb. 15
The University of Georgia Extension will host a class on care and pruning for ornamental plants and shrubs, part of its Home Landscape Lunch and Learn series, from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Butts County Extension office, 576 Ernest Biles Drive, Jackson. The event is free. Door prizes will be awarded. Register by Feb. 10. Call 770-775-8209.
Safety summit, Feb. 16
The Butts County Child Abuse Prevention Coalition will host a safety summit from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Jackson United Methodist Church, 409 E. Third St., Jackson. The Butts County Sheriff’s Office will present an active shooter training and the Initiative to Prevent Sexual Abuse will present Darkness to Light child protection training. Light breakfast is included. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 678-544-3410 or email Lorraine.email@example.com. The deadline to register is Feb. 8.
Pregnancy Center open house, Feb. 17
The Butts County Pregnancy Center, at 153 Dempsey Ave., Jackson, will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 17.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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