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10 things to know this week (Sept. 30-Oct. 6)

Here are 10 things you need to know in the metro Albany area this week.

MONDAY

A BUSY MONTH: October is one of the busiest months of the year when it comes to bringing attention to special causes. For instance, it is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Others include National COPD Awareness Month, National Crime Prevention Month, National Depression Education and Awareness Month, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, National Down Syndrome Month and National Sudden Death Syndrome Awareness Month. On a lighter side, it’s also National Chili Month, National Cookie Month, National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, National Stamp Collecting Month and National Sarcastic Awareness Month.

DISQUALIFIED CANDIDATE HEARING: A hearing starts at 9 a.m. in Dougherty Superior Court on Lorenzo Heard’s challenge to his disqualification as an independent candidate for the at-large seat on the Dougherty School Board in the Nov. 6 General Election. Heard tried to enter the race after Dr. Lane Price defeated incumbent Anita Williams-Brown in the July 31 Democratic primary. There are no Republican challengers for the seat. The Elections Board ruled that Heard failed to file an affidavit on time, to pay the qualifying fee and to garner enough voter voter signatures to have his name included on the ballot. Heard is also mounting a write-in effort.

DOUGHERTY COUNTY COMMISSION: The board conducts its business meeting at 10 a.m. in room 100 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. The commission is expected to discuss the pending retirement of Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek.

TUESDAY

LUKE BRYAN VIDEO: Country music star Luke Bryan of Leesburg will debut his video of his top 10 and climbing single “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” at 7 p.m. on E! News. The E! cable network program will be repeated at 11:30 p.m., and the video will be available on E! Online E! Online (www.eonline.com) exclusively for 24 hours following the premiere.

ALBANY CITY COMMISSION: The board has a work session starting at 8:30 a.m. in room 100 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. Agenda items include discussion of the disbursement policy for the city’s Long-Term Financial Planning Committee, which is in charge of a trust of about $75 million from credits returned to the Water, Gas & Light Commission from the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia. The committee of the whole is also expected to look at the city ethics policy in regard to prohibitions and to look at sexual harassment and Equal Employment Opportunities policies.

WEDNESDAY

ANNUAL BUTTERFLY RELEASE: Liberty House sponsors 6th annual event in connection with its Domestic Violence Awareness Month Kick-Off Luncheon noon-1:30 p.m. at the Darton State College Student Center. Contact (229) 439-7094 for information.

THURSDAY

CRIMES OF THE HEART: Darton State College’s Theatre Program’s “Crimes of the Heart,” Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize winning comedy, opens and 8 p.m. and is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. The play focuses on the trials and tribulations of the Magrath sisters and is set in 1974 in Hazlehurst, Miss. Tickets are $5, free with Darton I.D.

FRIDAY

THE LOST WOODS: Chehaw opens its first haunted trail at 7:30 p.m. and the spooky goings-on continue nightly through Halloween. The park is at 105 Chehaw Park Road off Philema Road. Tickets are $15 per person. Visit chehaw.org or call (229) 430-5275 for information.

DINNER & A MOVIE: Our Daily Bread and the Flint RiverQuarium team up for dinner at the Washington Street restaurant followed by a movie — a screening of George Romero’s original cult favorite “Night of the Living Dead.” The movie starts at 8 p.m. at the Imagination Theater next to the RiverQuarium. Contact Vicki Churchman at (229) 639-2650 or email vchurchman@flintriverquarium.com for information.

SATURDAY

FLINTFEST 2: The music, arts and international festival is noon-midnight downtown with two stages. Entry fee is $5, with children 10 and under admitted free. Twenty artists expected at the Arts Village, while live bands include Abi Permenter’s AMP Up the Music, Tyler Norton, Ben Sutton, Bret Mosley, Unbreakable Bloodline, The Good Doctor and headliner The Heritage Band. International stage features Zumba, International Studies, the LeVee Band, Taiko Drum Dance, Indian traditional and Bollywood dance, Nepal cultural dance and performance by Skylar Barnes. The Flint RiverQuarium’s Wings and Wildlife event and the Dougherty County Medical Association’s 8:30 a.m. RiverFront Run 5K and 1-mile run/walk will be held in conjunction with FlintFest 2.