10 things to know this week in metro Albany (Sept. 16-22)


DOUGHERTY COUNTY COMMISSION: The County Commission conducts its regular business meeting at 10 a.m. in room 100 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. On the agenda are updates from the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission on its five-year plan; consideration for approval recommendations by Wells Fargo Insurance Services consultant and the county’s insurance review committee for amendments on the 2013 plan; consideration of approval from the insurance consultant and committee to reduce the county’s cost share for medical and dental plans while increasing employee medical premiums and dental plan contributions.

BRIDGE MURAL BEGINS: Deftwerk Collective will begin work on the visual layer of a mural recently commissioned by ADICA and Downtown Albany to be painted on the rear façade of the Artpark on Pine, the first downtown mural commissioned in more than a decade. The mural will be an artist’s rendition of the Broad Ave Bridge designed by Cameron Malphrus. Work is scheduled to begin on-site at noon. Lead artists on the project are Cameron Malphrus and Kris Letlow, with help from members of the D’town Arts Coalition and the Georgia Artists Guild of Albany. The most direct access to the site is to drive toward the bridge on Broad Avenue and turn left onto the interior parking lot for the 100 block of Pine Street and Broad Avenue.

LEE COUNTY HOMECOMING: It’s homecoming week for Lee County High School. Highlights of events this week include a parade Thursday, the homecoming football game Friday and homecoming dance on Saturday.


POW/MIA BREAKFAST: Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany officials host the 26th annual Prisoners of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Recognition Breakfast at 7 a.m. at the Town and Country Grand Ballroom aboard MCLB-Albany. The event recognizes all service members, alive or deceased, who are former POWs or still listed as unaccounted for.

ALBANY CITY COMMISSION: The City Commission conducts its work session 8:30 a.m.-noon in room 120 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. Among the items on the agenda are a joint city-county resolution on sequestration, a moratorium on personal care homes, a waiver of the city’s noise ordinance, approval of a curfew ordinance for special events, and approval of the 2013 employee group insurance plan.

LEE PLANNING BOARD: The Lee County Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. at the T. Page Tharp Governmental Building, 102 Starksville Ave. North.


RISE N SHINE: The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Rise N Shine breakfast focuses on Strive2Thrive, a program that helps families emerge from poverty. Networking starts at 7:30 a.m. with the breakfast and program at 8 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn’s Albany Conference Center. Cost is $25, chamber members; $35, non-members. Visit albanyga.com or email cdouthit@albanyga.com.


PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES: The Dougherty County School System lets students out early today and Friday for parent-teacher conferences. Early dismissal of students both days are 12:30 p.m., elementary schools; 1:30 p.m., middle schools; 2:30 p.m. high schools.


MADEA GETS A JOB: The curtain rises on Tyler Perry’s play at 8 p.m. at the Albany Civic Center. Ticket prices start at $29 and go to $69 for floor seats. Tickets available at the Civic Center Box Office — (229) 317-7217 — or online at www.ticketmaster.com. UPDATE: Perry canceled this performance on Monday.


FREE FISHING DAY: In honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day, Georgia residents do not need a fishing license or a trout license to fish on any public waters in the state including lakes, streams, ponds and other public fishing areas today.

Also, residents do not need to obtain a Wildlife Management Area license to fish in a wildlife management area today, officials with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources say.