Community briefs: New gardens, nature center to open in Warner Robins Saturday

April 30, 2014 

New gardens, nature center open Saturday

The Warner Robins Botanical Gardens and Nature Center will have its grand opening Saturday.

Events including outdoor crafts, environmental demonstrations and speakers will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the site, located at 209 Elberta Road. Activities also will be held at Ferguson Park on Elberta Road, where parking is available, according to a news release.

The site is planned to include indoor and outdoor classroom spaces as well as walking trails. It is a joint effort among Georgia Military College, Keep Warner Robins Beautiful, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the city of Warner Robins, and the Houston County and Warner Robins housing authorities.

Saturday’s event is free. For more information, call 478-929-7258.

Farmers market returns to Perry

The Perry Farmers Market returns to downtown Saturday.

The farmers market will be open 8 a.m.-noon every Saturday throughout the summer. The market -- which features fresh produce, plants, locally-raised pork and beef, organic fruits and vegetables, baked goods and more -- is at 1106 Meeting St, behind the Perry Arts Center.

“There is a growing movement to buy local and support local businesses,” Perry Main Street President Susan Scragg said in a news release. “The Perry Farmers Market gives you the opportunity to buy produce directly from the local farmers.”

For more information about the market, call 478-988-2758, email farmersmarket@perry-ga.gov or go to www.downtownperry.com.

KWRB recognized for clean up efforts

Keep Warner Robins Beautiful has been recognized for its annual cleanup of Bay Gall Creek. Rivers Alive, the state’s largest volunteer cleanup program, recognized the organization during an awards ceremony April 15 at Zoo Atlanta.

During the 2013 statewide clean up, more than 27,000 volunteers cleaned more than 1,800 miles of waterways, according to a news release.

MOAA meeting planned

The Middle Georgia Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will meet at 6 p.m. May 9 at The Landings restaurant. State Rep. Larry O’Neal, R-Bonaire, will be the guest speaker. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by 6 p.m. Sunday to Bill Goodwin at wsgoodwin@cox.net.

-- Staff reports

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