10 things to know this week (Aug. 26-Sept. 1)


THE STAGE IS CALLING: If you've ever thought about going on stage, Theatre Albany is conducting auditions at 7 p.m. today and Monday for its upcoming performances of "Spider Island." Auditions for parts in this classic thriller set in an abandoned New England lighthouse will be conducted at the theater, 514 Pine Ave. Rehearsals start in September with performances Oct. 25-Nov. 4. You can contact the theater at (229) 439-7193.


CONTROLLING MOSQUITOES: The Dougherty County Commission has a work session scheduled for 10 a.m. in room 120 of the Government Center, 225 Pine Ave. The agenda includes an update from Public Works Director Larry Cook, Environmental Control Manager Donell Mathis and Jacqueline Jenkins, Southwest Georgia Health District epidemiologist, on the mosquito control spraying efforts in regard to West Nile Virus. Health officials said last week that a dozen cases had been reported in the Southwest Georgia district, including three fatalities related to the illness. Commissioners will also take up an appointment for a two-year term on the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. Candidates are incumbent EDC appointee Chris Hatcher and Albany Tech President Anthony Parker.

WET IN TAMPA: The Republican National Convention gets under way and continues through Thursday in Tampa, Fla. Local Republicans who are making the trip include state House Rep. Ed Rynders, R-Leesburg. It promises to be a wet one as Tropical Storm Isaac churns into the Gulf of Mexico. Isaac isn't expected to hit Tampa directly, but it is expected to bring heavy rains and winds of 25-40 mph.


LEE COUNTY COMMISSION: The Lee County Commission meets at 6 p.m. at the T. Page Tharp Governmental Building in Leesburg. No agenda was available Friday.

FIVE-YEAR PLAN: The Albany City Commission conducts its monthly business session at 8 p.m. in room 100 at the Government Building, 222 Pine Ave. A pre-meeting briefing is at 7:30 p.m. in room 120. Commissioners will consider adopting City Manager James Taylor's five-year plan for the city government and a recommendation to add $150,000 to the city's demolition fund and to spend $150,000 this year and $125,000 in FY 2014 on a new multimodal transportation site study. Also, once again up for consideration is an appointment to the Aviation Commission. The appointment has been held up since City Commissioner Tommie Postell objected, saying he wanted an African-American to be named to the board.


FLEX BUS SCHEDULE: The city of Albany Albany Transit System has a public meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. in room 100 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave., to hear concerns about services provided by the transit system. ATS officials are considering the implementation of a flex route system that would allow a fixed-route bus to deviate up to three-quarters of a mile from its normal route when a passenger has made a reservation.


MIXING MEDIA RECEPTION: An opening reception for the Albany Museum of Art's Mixing Media exhibit is 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. at the AMA, 311 Meadowlark Drive. The cost is $10; free to AMA members. The exhibit runs through Jan. 5. Contact (229) 439-8400 or visit www.albanymuseum.com.


LABOR DAY WEEKEND: The long Labor Day weekend officially starts at 6 p.m. and continues through midnight Monday. The Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Department of Transportation's Accident Reporting Unit are jointly predicting 2,100 traffic crashes, 990 injuries and 21 traffic deaths during this holiday period. Last year, there were 1,930 crashes, 931 injuries and 17 deaths reported during a 78-hour Labor Day holiday period. When the 78-hour period ends Monday at midnight, it will also bring to a conclusion the Georgia Department of Public Safety's "100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T.," a campaign of intense traffic enforcement that officials say was designed to cut down on accidents and fatalities on Georgia roads and highways during the traditionally busy travel period.

DECK OF ARTS: The Nights@dtown Deck of Arts starts at 8 p.m. on the downtown Albany parking deck at Jackson Street and Broad Avenue. The event is a mixture of live music and live art for those 18 and older.


BIRD HUNTING STARTS: Dove hunting season in Georgia opens at noon. Officials with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources say the 2012-13 dove seasons are Sept. 1-16, Oct. 13-21 and Nov. 22-Jan. 5. Shooting hours are noon-sunset opening day and 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset for the remainder of season dates. The daily limit is 15 birds per hunter. Official sunrise/sunset times can be found in the 2012-13 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations guide or online at www.georgiawildlife.com.