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Go green, get clean this week
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This is a busy week, full of opportunities to have fun, get "greener" and help our community get "cleaner!"
Earth Day is Tuesday. Help us celebrate the Earth at Bradwell Park in downtown Hinesville on Tuesday afternoon for our Earth Day in the Park. In conjunction with Georgia Cities Week, it will be a couple of hours of fun, food, music, "green living" exhibits, games, a contest and more for kids and adults.
Our theme is "Go Green! -- For future generations." Going green has gotten pretty trendy this year. I just about cannot pick up a magazine or watch television without seeing an article or program about green living and eco-friendly products. It is great, but I hope it is not just a fad.
If you want to learn more and have fun, we have more than 25 exhibits for you Tuesday from 3:30-5:30.
The fun will include a sidewalk chalk art contest. Wannabe Picassos are invited to share their view on loving the Earth and what a healthy, green world looks like. We have the supplies and great prizes for winners. We'll also have interactive environment and wildlife exhibits, a game or two, face painting, a tattoo station, even h a number of public service vehicles.
We have a portable solar trailer, a coastal exhibit and energy saving ideas.
I am Southern through and through, so we can't have an event without food. Thanks to the good folks at McDonalds we will have hamburgers and drinks. United Way is providing cute, recycled-pastic, neon sunglasses for kids. There are also several raffle prizes including one for an Ipod, a Gameboy, cash, and more.
We have numerous sponsors; the city and its Hinesville Downtown Development Authority, McDonalds, Fort Stewart's DPW, United Way, Liberty County Health Department Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program, Liberty County Schools, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia, and Georgia Power.
We also will be working on the "cleaner" part on Saturday, as part of our Great American Cleanup Clean Community Challenge! On Saturday, 15 businesses and civic groups have accepted the challenge. We will start at 8:30 am at the old hospital site, registering volunteers, providing supplies and capturing this group on film before they head out to their assigned areas. We call this litter "throwdown" Highway 84 and More because we will be cleaning up from Walthourville to Flemington on Highway 84, areas of Gen. Screven, Gen. Stewart, Highway 196 and several other areas, including along the Liberty Nature Trail and Peacock Canal.
Through the support of the city of Hinesville and Liberty County -- two of the challengers -- we will provide lunch after the cleanup for the volunteers, who'll also get Challenge T-shirts.
You can join in Saturday, even if you are not part of a group already signed up.  For more information on the cleanup or the Earth Day celebration, call me at 368-4888 or email

Here are some of the other upcoming events during the Great American Cleanup:
Through May: Return the Warmth Plastics Recycling Contest. Support local students by recycling plastic bottles.
May 3: Flemington Clean up. Contact KLCB or any YALL student for information.
May 10: Community Recycle It! Fair 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Turn in electronics, paint, fluorescent light bulbs, phone books, and other household hazardous waste for recycling. We will also accept toys for reuse or recycling too.  Call 368 4888 for information.
May 21: Midway Cleanup 9 a.m.-noon.

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