HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) - Cities across Georgia are recognizing this week as Georgia Cities Week.
The official start to Georgia Cities Week was on Sunday, April 22. It runs through Saturday, April 28, and gives cities an opportunity to celebrate community achievements and recognize city employees, volunteer, and groups.
This year's theme is "In the Spotlight." Cities, big and small, are encouraged to put their city in the spotlight.
Throughout the next few days, cities will host different events to celebrate latest achievements, highlight valuable services, and recognize those who are working to make the community even better. Some cities are taking the chance to host various city-wide cleanups, recycling events, and holding open houses to showcase city facilities.
And cities around the Coastal Empire are also taking the time to celebrate Georgia Cities Week, including in Hinesville.
"I think people don't understand the infrastructure needs and the services the police department and fire department offer them. And this is a once a year opportunity that I like to take advantage of to say 'We're here and these are the services we're giving to you because your tax dollars allow us to provide them to you, so use them,'" City of Hinesville Public Relations Manager Brittany Denney said.
The following are some events happening this week, according to the City of Hinesville:
- On Monday, April 23, the Hinesville Fire department will host a car seat safety check from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Fire Station No. 1 at 103 Liberty Street. The event is free.
- On Tuesday, April 24, the community is invited by the Chamber/CVB to a Sweet Tea Party in the lobby of City Hall from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. It will feature a display of old photos of Hinesville. The Chamber/CVB will also host a free Social Media Power Hour Workshop that same day from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at City Hall.
- On Wednesday, April 25, P.C. Simonton & Associates, Inc, an engineering firm, will be on the 3rd floor of City Hall for an Open House presenting an informal pictorial array of some of their local projects. This will include a free lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- On Thursday, April 26, Hinesville Mayor Allen Brown will present the "State of the City." The address will begin at 12:00 p.m. at the Liberty County Performing Arts Center. The mayor is expected to speak about the city's improved financial status, future projects, and economic development.
- On Thursday, April 26, Read Across Liberty will take place at several area elementary schools. Over 150 volunteers will be going into classrooms to read and pass out free books. The event is organized by the United Way of the Coastal Empire.
- On Saturday, April 28, the city will host the Great American Cleanup. Volunteers are asked to meet at Bradwell Park at 8:30 a.m. Tools and lunch will be provided.
For a full list of events in Hinesville, click here.