Each year, the City of Valdosta observes Georgia Cities Week during the third week in April, along with cities across the state of Georgia. The activities are planned around this year's theme "Cities in the Mix!" and will showcase the role city government plays in the quality of life of its residents, businesses, and visitors. From clean ups, to essay contests, to downtown fun, this is a great chance to show off our city!
Georgia Cities Week Events
The City of Valdosta encourages all citizens to join the celebration! There's something for everyone!
Thursday, April 20| City Council Meeting/Announcement of “If I Were Mayor” Essay Contest Winners
Mayor John Gayle will announce the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the “If I Were Mayor” sixth-grade essay contest at the City Council meeting, among other city business. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m., at Valdosta City Hall, located at 216 E. Central Avenue.
Saturday, April 22 | Great American Cleanup & Bulk Trash Amnesty Day
Participate in two community cleanup events, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the Valdosta City Hall Annex, Lee Street Parking Lot. Call 229-671-3617.
Saturday, April 22 | Outdoor Family Movie Night
Bring the family to watch “The Lorax,” beginning at 7:30 p.m., on Valley Street behind the Historic Courthouse. Admission is free, and concessions may be purchased on site. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.
Monday, April 24 | Public Servants Appreciation Breakfast
This event will recognize the work performed by all who serve on the community’s 22 Boards, Authorities, Commissions, and Advisory Committees to which the city appoints members. It will take place from 7:30-8:30 a.m., at Birdie’s Market, located at 206 N. Patterson Street.
Monday, April 24 | Customer Appreciation Day
Customers may browse city information on display at the Customer Service Center, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., while enjoying some complimentary refreshments. The Customer Service Center is located at 102 N. Lee Street.
Tuesday, April 25 | City Blood Drive
Give the gift of life at the American Red Cross City Blood Drive, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in the Valdosta City Hall Annex Multi-Purpose Room.
Tuesday, April 25 | CDBG Ribbon Cutting
Valdosta will cut the ribbon at 11 a.m. on a newly reconstructed home at 707 North Troup Street, built utilizing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.
Wednesday, April 26 | Job Shadow Day
Forty students from Valdosta High School Advancements via Individual Determination (AVID) program will job shadow city department heads and give presentations to the Mayor, City Council members and staff at a luncheon. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Thursday, April 27 |City Employee Appreciation Luncheon
City officials will serve lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., to city employees at John W. Saunders Memorial Park to show their appreciation for the work city employees do year-round.
Thursday, April 27 | Youth Leadership Explosion
Sponsored by the Valdosta Youth Council and the John Maxwell Leadership Team, this event will allow VYC members to address their anti-bullying initiative and to remind their peers of their purpose within this growing community. The event will take place from 4-6 p.m. in the Valdosta City Hall Multi-Purpose Room. Reserve seat by calling 229-259-3548.
Friday, April 28 | Coleman Talley Groundbreaking @ Southern Salvage
The law offices of Coleman Talley LLP will host a groundbreaking, at 10 a.m., as it begins the renovation of the historic Southern Salvage building, located at 109 & 111 S. Ashley Street. The historic structures will become the home office of Coleman Talley, a firm started in Valdosta in 1937. The renovation and relocation of approximately 60 lawyers and staff represents the second largest private investment in the Historic Valdosta Commercial District.
Friday, April 28 | Valdosta Click ‘N Fix Lunch & Learn
Discover how to play a more active role in our community through the efficient use of the Valdosta Click ‘N Fix mobile app. This workshop will take place in the Valdosta City Hall Multi-Purpose Room, from 12-1 p.m. Reserve seat by calling 229-259-3548.