The city of Grovetown is offering residents a "city education" this week in honor of Georgia Cities Week.
The city's celebration includes seven days of activities aimed at introducing residents to their neighbors, their city and its leaders.
Georgia Cities Week is sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association. The goal for the week, which features the theme Georgia Cities: A Story to Tell, is for cities to share information with residents about valuable services.
"We want to showcase and celebrate our city and the many services that are provided," said Rosa Lee Owens, a city councilwoman and event organizer. "And make the city (residents) more aware of the government's role in enhancing their lives in the city."
The activities begin today in Goodale Park with a community picnic.
Families are invited to bring picnic lunches and lawn chairs to the park on Wrightsboro Road from 12:30-4 p.m. to meet and socialize with neighbors.
On Monday, residents can tour city hall from 2-5 p.m. and meet city leaders, including some city council members.
At 6 p.m. Monday, winners of several contests for pupils will be announced, including entries in the essay, art and research contests. Owens said pupils at Grovetown-area schools were asked to research famous people in Grovetown.
On Tuesday, city equipment will be on display in front the Grovetown Senior Center on Robinson Avenue at Old Wrightsboro Road. The equipment includes the city's first fire truck, now an antique, fire-fighting equipment, an ambulance, police car, garbage truck and other equipment used around the city.
"People can't realize what it takes to operate a city," Owens sai display will show residents one place city money goes. Much of the equipment was used to clean up and repair after recent storms damaged the city.
Owens has named Wednesday Community Beautification Day.
"We want everybody to plant flowers around their mailbox, pick up and clean up a little bit," Owens said.
On Thursday, the community is invited to join in on Bingo with the seniors and city staff at the Senior Center starting at 10 a.m.
Residents can test their knowledge of the city Friday during Trivia Quiz Night at 6 p.m. in city hall.
Saturday is Sports Day at Goodale Park. Anyone interested can volunteer to supervise or join in pick-up games of softball, volleyball and tennis for all ages starting at 9:30 a.m.
Owens suggests bringing lunch to enjoy the afternoon, which also will include a scavenger hunt.
Those participating should bring a white shirt and a dark shirt to form teams.
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