Copperas Cove residents learned about its city departments Wednesday by partaking in games, demonstrations and other activities during the fifth annual Meet the City event.

“The hope is (residents) learn just one thing they didn’t know about the city,” City Manager Andrea Gardner said.

Cove has hosted the event for five years to give residents a place to learn about the departments that serve them, she said. While the event is for all ages, it focuses on children by providing a number of activities geared toward them.

Some younger residents got to toss bean bags while learning about code enforcement. Others filled out a brief quiz about the library.

“We are here talking about the programs at the library,” Library Director Kevin Marsh said. “We are trying to make people aware of what is available to them.”

The library’s table was also filled with bookmarks, candy and sign-up sheets for book clubs.

Marsh also let people browse the new online catalogue that lets people check out materials without being present.

Cove resident Dexie Manguerra, who just moved to the city, was glad to see all the departments in one place. “It is good to know what is around you, so I can get information on who to call and when to call,” he said.

Manguerra’s three children, Desirae and Diane, both 6, and Darius, 4, also enjoyed the event. “It’s good,” said Desirae, her face covered in cotton candy.

“We learned how to recycle paper,” Darius said.

Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful ran a demonstration on how paper is recycled using old paper, a blend and water.

Meet the City gives residents and city employees a chance to meet, Gardner said.

“It a great opportunity to strengthen the community and show residents that our staff are people and residents just like them,” she said.

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​ or (254) 501-7474

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