Busy Saturday planned downtown

ALBANY, Ga. -- From education to entertainment, downtown Albany will have it all going on today.

The Dougherty County School System will kick things off Saturday morning at the Albany Civic Center with graduation for the area's four public high schools.

Seniors from Westover Comprehensive High School will start the proceedings at 9 a.m. Albany High is next at 11:30 a.m., with Dougherty Comprehensive High School seniors set to trod across the stage at 2 p.m. Monroe Comprehensive High School's graduation will round out the pomp and circumstance at 4:30 p.m.

For those less into pageantry and more into chain saws, there is the first-ever All American Lumberjack Show.

Starting at noon and going until 8 p.m. on the 200 block of Broad Avenue next to the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, teams of competitive lumberjacks will show off their craft with chain saw carving and log rolling. For people older than 13, admission is $3. Those 12 and under get in free.

If sawdust really isn't your thing, trot on over to the Veterans Park Amphitheater at 2 p.m. and stretch out your vocal cords at the Albany Star singing competition. Sponsored by the city of Albany's Recreation and Parks' Department, the contest is open to the public and is free of charge.

All participants have to register, but for those last-minute kind of people, participants can register at the event as long as there is space.

For a little evening entertainment, Theatre Albany will present the Broadway classic "Guys and Dolls," with shows starting at 8 p.m.

For those with a less glitzy entertainment pallet, Recreation and Parks will be showing the family-friendly Disney movie "The Goonies" at Riverfront Park as part of its ongoing "Movies in the Park" event.

While the show starts at 8 p.m., the Albany Marine Band will pre-empt the show at 7:30 p.m. with a free performance.