ALBANY, Ga. -- This weekend, Albany has events ranging from education and reflection to play and music.
A Kids Expo is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Albany Civic Center on Oglethorpe Boulevard. There will be plenty for adults and children to do for fun, but there will also be a serious side from local law enforcement agencies.
"Our gang unit will have a seminar for parents and children about the dangers of becoming involved with a gang and recognizing gang behavior in children," said Phyllis Banks, Albany Police Department spokeswoman.
"Warning signs like unexplained injuries, tattoos and clothing style and colors can all be signs that a child is in or associating with a gang," she said.
Other law enforcement agencies at the Kids Expo, such as the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit and the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, will offer information regarding the dangers of drugs and the Internet.
"We'll be there to talk to parents and the children," said ADDU Capt. Darrin Abner. "We'll have Coco our K-9 there and if there is room she'll do demonstrations of identifying drugs."
The Internet poses many dangers for children, said Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Lt. Terron Hayes. His seminar will offer parents ways to assert parental controls over computers, as well as a tutorial on Internet safety and how to safely browse websites.
A Patriot's Field of Flags at the north side of the Albany mall will offer a time to reflect at an 11 a.m. Saturday ceremony.
The 1,000 flags planted by volunteers assembled by the Southwest Georgia Exchange Club form a focal point to the ceremony honoring all who have died in service to the country, those who have served and those who continue to serve.
Plans call for the names of 180 Georgians who have died since 9/11 in Iraq and Afghanistan to be read, a 21-shot salute and an address by the Marine Corps Logistics Command Commander Maj. Gen James A. Kessler.
The Sept. 11 date will also be observed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night at the Albany Municipal Auditorium in the season-opening number by the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings," a haunting composition that has become associated with 9/11, will lead into the symphony's "Water Works" performance that will feature a guest water percussionist.
To add more activity to the weekend, the Albany Recreation and Parks Department plans a "Sunday in the Park" family fun day from noon until 4 p.m. at Holloway Pond Park.
The park is at the intersection of Newton Road and Jefferson Street. There will be supervised activities such as volleyball, kickball, a stroller race and other games. Light refreshments such as hot dogs are planned to be served for free to people at the park.