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Albany Briefs - Oct. 13, 2013

DOT closing Slappey, Oglethorpe lanes

ALBANY—The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced lane closures on Slappey Boulevard and Oglethorpe Boulevard beginning today.

GDOT will be resurfacing these roads overnight to reduce the impact on motorists. The work will occur between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. starting today for preliminary work on the road, which involves lowering manholes.

Weather permitting, on Oct. 20 GDOT will begin milling and resurfacing the road in sections starting on North Slappey Boulevard and turning onto West Oglethorpe Boulevard. Work will be done in these areas Sunday nights through Thursday nights.

The resurfacing is expected to be completed before the end of the year. One lane will be closed for up to two miles at a time, which may cause travel delays.

Motorists are requested to be patient, drive slowly and exercise extreme caution in this work zone.

Auditions set for December’s ‘Nuncrackers’

ALBANY — Theatre Albany will conduct auditions for the holiday musical “Nuncrackers” — the Nunsense Christmas Musical — at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the theater, 514 Pine Ave.

A sequel of sorts to the highly popular “Nunsense,” “Nuncrackers” is presented as the first TV special taped in the cable access studio built by Reverend Mother in the convent basement. It stars the popular nuns you love, along with Father Virgil and four of Mount St. Helen’s most talented students.

Director Mark Costello, Musical Director Gary Unger and Choreographer Judy Dabbs are looking to cast two boys and two girls (ages 8-14) to play the students. Those interested in auditioning should prepare a song to sing that shows off the voice, and bring either the sheet music or a CD. An accompanist will be provided.

Suzanne Unger, Sandy Meadows, Lindsey Stewart and Karen McNally are reprising their roles of Sister Mary Regina, Sister Mary Hubert, Sister Mary Amnesia and Sister Robert Anne, respectively. Rehearsals are set to begin in Oct. 28, with performances scheduled for Dec. 5-15. Contact the theatre at (229) 439-7193.

Junior League offering grants for teachers

ALBANY — The Junior League of Albany Inc. is once again offering grants for innovative teachers during the 2013-14 school year.

The program will provide grants up to $200 to individual teachers in Dougherty County, Lee County and independent schools in the city of Albany.

These funds will be awarded for proposals that offer innovative ideas in supplementing the classroom curriculum based on creativity and innovation, benefits to the students, efficient use of grant funds and adaptability of project for use by other teachers

Applications are now available online at www.jlalbany.org. Applications are due Nov. 1, and winners will be notified by Jan. 15.

Calligraphy workshop set at Museum of Art

ALBANY — A Beginning Calligraphy workshop is planned at Tuesday at Albany Museum of Art.

Taught by Jayne Massaro, the class topics include history, set-up, basic strokes, formal Roman, monograms and flourishing, borders, Chauncery cursive, old English and Modified.

The fee is $35 for members of the museum and $40 for non-members. Supplies are included. The three-hour workshop will begin at 6 p.m.