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Things to know this week in metro Albany - Nov. 18-24, 2013

A number of events are taking place in metro Albany the week before Thanksgiving

MONDAY

DOUGHERTY COUNTY COMMISSION: The commission conducts its regular business session at 10 a.m. in room 100 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. On the agenda are approval of a resolution for levy and collection of an annual tax for payment of $32.45 million in Dougherty School District general obligation bonds; amendments to 2013-14 budgets to provide current county employees of record June 30 with a $500 lump sum payment; a rezoning request, and equipment purchases.

ALBANY AVIATION COMMISSION: The Albany-Dougherty County Aviation Commission meets at 5 p.m. at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport for the board’s final regularly scheduled meeting of the year. On the agenda are discussions for food and concessions space options, selection of an architect to provide architectural design services for food/beverage concession space and approval of work authorizations for construction services for terminal improvements, phase 3. The next scheduled Aviation Commission meeting is Jan. 20.

STEPHEN CHAPMAN OPENING: The opening of the Stephen Chapman exhibit at the Albany Museum of Art, 311 Meadowlark Drive, is 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the museum. Free admission.

TUESDAY

ALBANY CITY COMMISSION: The commission conducts a work session at 8:30 a.m. in room 120 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. The commission will get reports from their federal lobbyist and on commissioners’ quarterly expenses; will discuss Cutliff Grove Family Resource Center; will get an environmental assessment report on a multimodal location; will take a look at current bids, and will look at alcohol licenses and rezoning requests.

SCHOOL ARCHITECT INTERVIEWS: The Dougherty County School Board architectural selection committee will meet 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in room 3 of the Isabella Complex, 300 Cason St., for interviews.

MENTAL HEALTH FORUM: Frank Berry, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, speaks at a mental health forum at 3 p.m. at Phoebe East.

LETTERS TO SANTA: For the 10th year, the Albany Recreation and Parks Department launches its Make a Wish Come True with a Letter to Santa program, which continues through Dec. 6. Project benefits children who are spending the holidays at The Bridge or Liberty House. Participants pick up a wish list from the rec office, 1301 N. Monroe St.; buy the gifts, then return the gifts and letter to the department by Dec. 13 for distribution. Contact Kristin Caso at (229) 430-5222 or Gloria Bridges at (229) 430-5242.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS: 5 p.m.–7 p.m., Educational Center, Chehaw, 105 Chehaw Road. Sponsored by Chehaw and Break Away Cycles.

LEE PLANNING COMMISSION: The commission meets 6 p.m.–7 p.m. at the Tharp Governmental Building, Leesburg.

THURSDAY

AUTISM DISORDERS WORKSHOP: Dr. Felissa Goldstein, pediatric psychiatrist at Marcus Autism Center of Children’s healthcare of Atlanta, conducts an all-day workshop on the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders at Phoebe Northwest on Dawson Road. The workshop is sponsored by the Southwest Georgia Health District Babies Can’t Wait program.

STEAKS AND BUSTER: All-star and 2012 NL MVP Buster Posey is scheduled to be on hand for the annual Steak a Claim in Education event 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Transitional Learning Center at Lee County Middle School West Campus. General admission tickets are $10 each; tickets for meet and greet with Posey are $50 each.

DIABETES AND HOLIDAYS: The Dougherty County Extension Service helps diabetics and others with chronic illness to find ways to enjoy the flavors of the holiday season. Event is 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the candy Room, 125 Pine Ave. Contact (229) 436-7216.

WEIGHT LOSS SEMINAR: Phoebe Bariatrics conducts free seminar about weight loss and metabolic surgery at 6:30 p.m. at Phoebe Northwest on Dawson Road. Speakers are bariatric surgeons Drs. Sean Sheff and Jeremy Joyner. Contact (229) 931-1152 or mfwillis@phoebesumter.org to register.

MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL: Celebration of women and The Change is at 7 p.m. at the Albany Municipal Auditorium, 200 N. Jackson St. Tickets are $40-$47.

FRIDAY

LAST SCHOOL DAY: This is the last day of school before the week-long Thanksgiving break for the Dougherty County and Lee County school system. Classes for both systems resume Dec. 2.

SANTA ARRIVAL CELEBRATION: Festivities at the Albany Mall begin at 6 p.m. in anticipation of the arrival of Santa Claus. Santa’s Holiday Express will roll in at 7 p.m. and he will kick off the season by lighting the Center Court tree and setting the trains in motion. St. Nick will also make the first donation to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle, which the mall is supporting along with Toys for Tots.

MISTLETOE MARKET: The annual Mistletoe Market arts and crafts show is open 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Albany Civic Center, 100 W. Oglethorpe Blvd. Show continues Saturday.

SATURDAY

MISTLETOE MARKET: The annual Mistletoe Market arts and crafts show is open 10 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Albany Civic Center, 100 W. Oglethorpe Blvd.

HOLIDAY EVERGREEN WREATHS: A workshop on basic wreath and bow making is ongoing 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Candy Room, 125 Pine Ave. Drop in any time during the workshop. Cost of materials is $15.