10 things to know this week (Sept. 2-8, 2012)


LABOR DAY: The unofficial end of summer is actually more of an end to the busy summer traveling season. First observed in 1882 in New York City, its popularity spread and it became a federal holiday 12 years later. The Dougherty County Commission, which normally meets at 10 a.m. on Mondays, won’t be in session today. The next meeting is 10 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave.


BUSY DAY AT DDS: If you’re planning to get your driver’s license renewed this week, you might want to rethink plans to do it Tuesday. Officials with the Department of Driver Services say with all offices closed on Mondays, Tuesdays already are busy in general. All of the state’s DDL offices were closed Saturday for the Labor Day holiday, so Tuesday is expected to be an extraordinarily busy at driver services.

CITY WORK SESSION: The Albany City Commission meets 8:30 a.m.-noon for a work session in Room 120 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. On the agenda is discussion of funding a study for a proposed multimodal transit facility and an update on a manufactured gas plant cleanup issue.

SKYWATER REMEMBERED: The Radium Springs Casino may be gone, but its memories are alive in art. An exhibit on Radium Springs opens at the Albany Area Arts Council gallery, 215 N. Jackson St., and continues through Sept. 28. Admission is free and the AAAC is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Contact (229) 436-2787.

DEMOCRATS’ TURN: The National Democratic Convention gets under way in Charlotte, N.C., and will culminate later in the week with the nomination of President Obama for a second term in the White House. Georgia’s delegation includes U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany.


PROGRESS REPORTS: The Dougherty County School System is scheduled to send out student progress reports.

PDA MEETS: The Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority meets at 9 a.m. in the Lamar Clifton Room at the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, 225 W. Broad Ave.


FIRST FRIDAY: 5 p.m.-9 p.m. in downtown Albany. This is a self-guided tour of downtown’s central business district, with local artists and musicians lining the streets as participating stores and restaurants stay open late.


NUT ROLL: The 9th annual fundraiser for Chehaw gets under way at 8 a.m. at the park’s education center, 105 Chehaw Park Road. It’s a fully-supported bicycling event with an average of 300 riders. Ride options of 30, 46, 62 and 102 miles, with Century Riders guaranteed a lasagna dinner. If that’s not enough bicycling for you, it’ll be followed at 9 a.m. Sunday with a fun ride. No registration; show wrist band from Nut Roll for entrance into park. Visit www.pecancitypedalers.org.

NITES ON THE FLINT: The summer music festival starts at 7 p.m. at Veterans Park Amphitheater, 100 W. Oglethorpe Blvd. Contact Chris Bailey at (518) 291-9840. Across the street at the Civic Center, the annual Black & Silver Social will be conducted 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. in honor of National Grandparents Day. Attire is formal or semi-formal for that event. Contact Gloria Bridges at (229) 430-5242.