Georgia Cities Week
Apr 18 all-day

With the city government offering a variety of events throughout the week.
The theme of this year’s event is “Cities in the Mix,” highlighting the important role of cities in creating community gathering spaces and driving economic development.

Events planned for the week are:
Tuesday, April 18, “How I See My City” art contest — The city is sponsoring an art contest for elementary students, ages 5-12, whose art will be displayed at the City Auditorium during Georgia Cities Week. The art will be a depiction of how they see their city.
At a city commission meeting at the City Auditorium April 18, contest winners will be recognized.

Monday, April 24, “Get to Know Your City,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the City Auditorium — A community fair is planned to inform citizens of resources and services available to them ranging from education, social and community service, mental and physical health, government and public agencies, housing, and tourism, to name a few

Tuesday, April 25, Career Day, 7:30 a.m. — Selected 12th grade Ware County High School students will be invited to shadow the mayor, city manager and department heads to experience a typical day in a city government.

Wednesday, April 26, Centenarian Day, 2-4 p.m. at the City Auditorium — This is the second annual City of Waycross centenarian celebration to honor any person who lives to or beyond the age of 100 years. All citizens ages 75 and older are invited. Those 100-plus will receive a special gift.

Thursday, April 27, there will be an annual employee appreciation luncheon.

Friday, April 28, Veterans Benefits Workshop, 12-3 p.m. at the City Auditorium — Organizations that offer services for veterans will set up booths at the City Auditorium; a military color guard will participate.

Friday, April 28, Movie in the Park — at dusk, a family-friendly movie will be shown in Phoenix Park. There will be free popcorn and hot dogs.

Men’s Breakfast @ Jerry J's
Apr 19 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Exchange Club Meeting @ Okefenokee Fair Association
Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


Exchange, America’s Premier Service Club, working to make our communities better places to live. Exchange’s Mission Statement was updated in January, after approval by the National Board of Directors. The concise phrasing more effectively communicates our mission to members, potential members and the general public.

Core Values

Each member of Exchange holds near to their heart three core values – Family, Community and Country. Commitment to Family is interpreted not only as one’s own family needs, but also those of all American families. Strengthening families, with a focus on youth, is addressed in many ways through Exchange’s Programs of Service. Commitment to the Community where an Exchangite resides is the focal point for each club’s efforts. Exchange is unique as a service organization in that it has the flexibility to structure projects that target the specific needs of a particular geographic location, rather than being restricted to a certain cause. Commitment to Country was born in the aftermath of World War II, a time of unquenchable patriotism. Exchangites are proud to join veterans and other civic groups in promoting Americanism as the rich blessing of democracy and freedom, and in educating today’s youth to cherish its values. These three values are translated into actions every day to bring about positive results through the work of hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of dedicated Exchange Club members every day.

Business after Hours | Chamber of Commerce
Apr 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for a Business After Hours.

Each month the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce holds a Business After Hours at a different members venue.

To see this location, please check out our Chambers website at

The Addams Family @ Ware County High School 
Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm

The Addams Family A New Musical – Ware County High School

Sacred Heart Garden Festival
Apr 20 all-day
The Addams Family @ Ware County High School 
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm

The Addams Family A New Musical – Ware County High School

Benefit Golf Tournament @ The Lakes at Laura S Walker
Apr 21 all-day

Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park & Gold Course

The annual fundraising golf tournament sponsored by the Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park is set for Saturday with a 9 a.m. shotgun start at The Lakes at Laura Walker. The event, now in its fifth year, is a major fundraiser. One hundred percent of the money raised benefits the state park and the golf course. The entry fee for the four-person best ball/captain’s choice tournament includes the cart rental and a buffet meal. There will be an opportunity to buy “Ladies Tee Box” shots, “Mulligans” and “Gimme String!” For more information and registration, call The Lakes at Laura Walker, 285-6154, or Dawn and Mike Hanson at 670-1603.

Critter Crawl, 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Run @ The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Apr 21 all-day


Folkston, GA – The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is hosting the Okefenokee Critter Crawl on Saturday April 21 at 8:00 a.m. for visitors to come out and get some exercise and celebrate Earth Day. The Okefenokee Critter Crawl is a 5K or 1-Mile Fun Run organized by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and the Okefenokee Wildlife League. The refuge would like to invite runners and walkers alike to come out and join refuge staff and volunteers for this fun and fast 5K/1-miler.

The race route will be along the refuge’s Swamp Island Drive, where participants will also enjoy the refuge landscape and observe wildlife – gopher tortoise, red-shouldered hawks, and red-cockaded woodpeckers are all possible wildlife sightings during the race. For visitors who have never been down the Swamp Island Drive and visitors who have driven the drive hundreds of times, this race is one you don’t want to miss!

To sign up for the race, visit Race t-shirts are only guaranteed for people who register by April 1, 2018.

Earth Day 2018, officially celebrated on Sunday April 22, is aiming to end plastic pollution. At Okefenokee, it is not uncommon to see fishing line by boat ramps, plastic bottles floating in the water underneath the Chesser Island Boardwalk, or plastic cups along the refuge entrance road. Do your part in reducing plastic waste that pollutes our public lands. Come out and enjoy, appreciate, and support your public lands.

The Okefenokee NWR will be offering this event at the Main Entrance (Suwannee Canal Recreation Area) near Folkston. The Swamp Island Drive is one of many attractions at this entrance that visitors can enjoy, so plan to come and spend the day, take a stroll on the Chesser Island Boardwalk, visit the Chesser Island Homestead, take a boat tour with Okefenokee Adventures, bring a picnic, and visit the Richard S. Bolt Visitor Center.

Sacred Heart Garden Festival
Apr 21 all-day