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Last Celebrate Our Home event takes place Saturday

COVINGTON — Saturday is the last opportunity for residents to take part in the Celebrate Our Home series.

Hosted by the Newton County Leadership Collaborative, the series’ aim is to educate the public about the 2050 Plan, a comprehensive plan for creating a sustainable community.

The event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. at Live Oak Elementary School at 500 Kirkland Road.

The series kicked off in March and has been held at schools throughout the county. In addition to providing information on how leaders plan to protect local resources and steer future growth through the 2050 Plan, Celebrate Our Home includes a showcase to highlight various amenities throughout the county, activities for kids and free food.

At Saturday’s event, the Apostles of Bluegrass will perform, and entertainer Andy Irwin will share stories about Newton County. In addition, local student performers will dance, sing and share other talents. Raffle drawings for gift cards, a rain barrel and other swag from local organizations will be held. United Bank is giving away a 32-inch television and the city of Covington is hosting a drawing for a collection of gift certificates from Mainstreet Covington worth more than $350.

“This is all about bringing people together as a community so they can see all the great things in the community to do,” said Kay Lee, director of The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, which is hosting Celebrate Our Home in conjunction with the Leadership Collaborative. Lee said those who attend should “walk away with the sense that there’s just about nothing they can’t do right here in Newton County, from recreation to finding local products and food to local businesses that provide services.”

The Center estimates that 61 percent of the county’s residents moved here in the last 20 years, so the goal is to bring neighbors who might not know each other together to learn about their community.

For more information, call The Center at 770-788-0484, ext. 13, or email anna@thecenter-newton.org.