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Things to know this week in Albany

MONDAY

DOUGHERTY COUNTY COMMISSION: 10 a.m., Government Center on Pine Avenue. Discussion expected to include $60,000 in data units for Dougherty County police and two new ambulances, valued at just over $221,000. The commission will also discuss encrypted radios for the Dougherty jail funded with SPLOST VI and a recommendation from a commission committee on a Boards Communications Policy.

STATE OF DARTON: Darton State College President Peter Sireno presents his annual State of Darton State College address at 9 a.m. at the college’s Student Center, room 266.

DOUGHERTY SCHOOL BOARD: 6 p.m. briefing, 7 p.m. meeting, School Administration Building at Washington Street and Pine Avenue. Two items the board will discuss are a contract with interim Superintendent Butch Mosely (local activist William Wright has asked to speak on that issue) and a resolution asking to increase compensation for board members. The board will also hear from the Sertoma Club on a new scholarship and hear recommendation from board committees on topics ranging from testing programs to field trips.

TUESDAY

PHOEBE HOSPITAL BOARD: The Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Board meets at 11:45 a.m. in the Willson Board Room on the hospital’s main campus.

ALBANY CITY COMMISSION: No meeting this week. The next work session is 8:30 a.m. Aug. 20.

WEDNESDAY

WALL OF GIVING: Albany Technical College Foundation breaks ground at 10 a.m. on its Wall of Giving. The ceremony will be on the campus grounds north of the Nathaniel Cross Health Care Technology Center.

THURSDAY

COA COMEDY NIGHT: Dr. Dennis Swanberg, billed as America’s Minister of Encouragement, performs at the eighth annual Comedy Night, a SOWEGA Council on Aging fundraiser for its Meals on Wheels program. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show at the Municipal Auditorium at 200 N. Jackson St. are $40, reserved and $30, general admission. For an added $20, a ticketholder can enjoy a pre-show Italian Feast from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn on Front Street. Visit www.sowegacoa.org or contact (229) 432-1124.

AMA OPENING RECEPTION: The renovated Albany Museum of Art has exhibits of the works of Steve Penley and Ray Stephenson. The opening reception is 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at the museum, Meadowlark Drive. Admission is $10 for museum members, $15 for non-members. Contact (229) 439-8400 or visit albanymuseum.com.

FRIDAY

‘STEEL MAGNOLIAS’: Theatre Albany raises the curtain on its 81st season at 8 p.m. with a presentation of Robert Harling’s play based on real incidents and set in a small-town beauty shop near New Orleans. Other performances are 8 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 22-24, and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 18 and 25. The theater is located at 514 Pine Ave. Contact (229) 439-7141 or visit theatrealbany.org.