Here are some things and events you need to know about this week in metro Albany.
DOUGHERTY COUNTY COMMISSION: The commission meets at 10 a.m. for its business meeting in room 100 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. This is the board’s final scheduled meeting of the year. On the agenda is a group expressing concern about the commission’s appointment of members to boards and requests from New Communities to rezone 41 acres from agricultural to commercial recreation and for special permission to operate an event center on the property.
CHORALE CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Albany Chorale performs its annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 212 N. Jefferson St. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. Darton State College students can attend free with ID.
FULL MOON: The last full moon of the year, the December full moon is known traditionally as the “Cold Moon.” Other names for it are the “Long Nights Moon” and “Oak Moon.”
ALBANY CITY COMMISSION: The commission, which normally would have met on Christmas Eve, moved its business session up a week. It’s set to start at 6:30 p.m. in room 100 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. A pre-meeting briefing is at 6 p.m. in room 120. This is the commission’s final scheduled meeting of the year. The agenda includes amending ordinances that govern how many on-premises alcohol consumption establishments can be licensed in wards and mandatory time limits for opening and maintaining businesses with alcohol licenses, and resolutions approving a gas supply contract and recognizing a proposal by Waste Pro of Georgia for curbside recycling.
LEE HOUSING AUTHORITY: The Lee County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners conducts a called meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the Lee Housing Office, 101 Turnkey Circle. On the agenda are a financial report for the period that ended Nov. 30, a report and discussion on policies for continued occupancy, and consideration of a resolution approving a significant amendment to the agency plan for the application for conversion under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program.
AMA MOVIE NIGHT: 7:30 p.m., Albany Museum of Art, 311 Meadowlark Drive. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (live version starring Jim Carrey). Admission is $5 per person and includes popcorn, drink and candy. Doors open at 7 p.m. Gallery open before the show.
DROP ‘N’ SHOP: 8:30 a.m.-noon (same hours on Saturday), Albany Museum of Art. Parents can drop off children at the museum for a morning of while finishing their Christmas shopping. Cost is $25, members; $30, non-members. Space is limited. Call (229) 439-8400 or email email@example.com; include Drop ‘N Shop in subject line.
SCHOOL’S OUT: Dougherty County public schools are closed for the holidays starting today. They reopen Jan. 6, just in time for report cards two days later. Lee County public schools dismiss early today for the start of the system’s holiday break. Lee County schools also reopen Jan. 6.
THE LONGEST NIGHT: This is the winter solstice, the day of the year when the sun’s path across the sky reaches its southernmost position. In the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the shortest day of the year.
IT’S SUPER SATURDAY: This is also one of the “big four” busiest holiday shopping days, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers. And if you like big crowds but don’t want to get out today, you have one more chance. Christmas Eve is on that list as well.
CAROLS AND COMMUNION: 6 p.m., Central Baptist Church, 1618 W. Third Ave.