Ten things to know this week -- Aug. 19-26, 2013


SCHOOL DEDICATION: The Lee County School System will its new Lee County Elementary School 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at the school.

DOUGHERTY COUNTY COMMISSION: The commission meets in its monthly business session at 10 a.m. in room 100 of the Government Center on Pine Avenue. Topics on the agenda include a county health insurance plan update from group Health Plan Consultant and Wells Fargo; a dozen mobile data units at more than $60,000 for Dougherty County police; two equipped ambulances for more than $221,500; 80 encryption radio chips for sheriff’s deputies at more than $46,500; a resolution to pay the Georgia Sheriff’s Association a portion of the Secondary Metals Recyclers fee paid to Dougherty’s sheriff’s office, and recommended Boards Communication Policy.

ALBANY-DOUGHERTY AVIATION COMMISSION: The commission meets at 5 p.m. at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport for its monthly meeting. Topics on the agenda include a review of a draft of commission by-laws, discussion of options for food and concessions space and acceptance of a Georgia Department of Transportation grant offer for Fiscal Year 2014.


ALBANY CITY COMMISSION: The commission’s work session starts at 8:30 a.m. in the Government Center on Pine Avenue, with a special called business meeting. No agenda for the called meeting was available. Among the items the commission will consider at its work session are preliminary discussion of its strategic plan, end-of-year commission expense reports, a request from Dougherty County for sanitary sewer extension to Stonebridge Golf Villas, acceptance of an FAA grant officer for FY 2013 of $1.5 million, a Chehaw Park Authority management agreement, and a bid for street sweepers at more than $670,000. The commission is also scheduled to go into executive session to discuss pending litigation.


TADPOLE TIME: A special time for pre-school aged children and their caregivers featuring story time, crafts and snacks is at 10 a.m. at the Flint RiverQuarium.

DOUGHERTY SCHOOL BOARD: The Dougherty County Board of education conducts its mid-month meeting at 12:30 p.m. at the School Administration Building, corner of Pine Avenue and Washington Street. briefing starts at 11:30 a.m. The agenda includes a parent who is asking for her child to be exempted from the school district’s uniform policy; recommendations on employment and release of personnel; consideration of River School for Children STEM Academy, a charter school that organizers want to come online for the 2014-15 school year; fundraising requests, and reports from committees and board members. The board plans to go into executive session to discuss a personnel issue.


COMMUNITY NIGHT: The Rev. Grady Caldwell II, author of “To Dance With the Devil’s Daughter, God’s Restoration of the Rev. Grady Caldwell,” is scheduled to speak at the Albany Civil Rights Institute’s monthly community night. The free event is at 6:30 p.m. at the museum, 326 Whitney Ave. Contact (229) 432-1698 or visit albanycivilrightsinstitute.org.

THEATRE ALBANY: The final three nights and Sunday matinee of Theatre Albany’s season opening play “Steel Magnolias” begins tonight at 8 p.m. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Theatre Albany, 514 Pine Ave.


COUNTRY CONCERT: Set for 8 p.m. at the State Theater, 313 Pine Ave., this is being billed as a future superstars show. Performers scheduled include The Law Band, Sarah Davidson, Jon and Anna Gosa, the Mathis Brothers and Felicia Moore. Tickets are $12, advance; $15, day of show. Contact (229) 344-6678.


PADDLE THE FLINT: Explore a scenic section of the Flint River and learn about this amazing natural resource with the program through the Flint RiverQuarium. Minimum age to participate is 10 and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Each participant should bring a sack lunch and water. The trip lasts 6-8 hours. Cost is $50 per canoe. Contact the aquarium at (229) 639-2650 for time and location.