Here are some things you need to know this week in metro Albany.
Early voting starts: Beginning today, voters in Albany wards 2 and 3 can start casting votes in the two contested Albany City Commission races during normal business hours at the elections office at the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. Election Day is Nov. 5, when precincts in the two wards will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
ASU Homecoming Week: Albany State University celebrates homecoming, with most activities starting Thursday.
Columbus Day: Federal offices will be closed for a different reason than the government’s partial shutdown in observance of the Columbus Day federal holiday.
Dougherty County Commission: The commission’s work session is at 10 a.m. in room 120 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. The agenda includes information on the official county website; an update on the county employees’ self-service system, and recommendations on purchases and repairs, including the $299,467 rebuilding of a bulldozer at the landfill, and a list of roads to be resurfaced in FY 2014 through a $278,959 grant and $400,000 in SPLOST funding.
Sunbelt Ag Expo: The Southeast’s biggest outdoor farm show with farm demonstrations starts its three-day run at Spence Field, just south of Moultrie. More than 200,000 people go through the turnstiles at the annual event. At 2:30 p.m., agriculture commissioners from the Southeast, including Georgia’s Gary Black, will try their hand at old-fashioned farm work during a cow-milking contest.
Albany City Commission: The commission meets in a work session at 8:30 a.m. in room 120 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. On the agenda: Discussion of a World War II monument; Kay Hinds, executive director of the SOWEGA Council on Aging, speaking about SPLOST funds, and bids including $242,000 for ready mix concrete. $104,384 for mobile camera systems and $79,964 for mobile notebook computers.
ASU Homecoming events: Golden Circle Reunion, 4 p.m., L. Orene Hall Building; class reunion, All Black Affair, 8 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, tickets: $35.
Vienna Boys Choir: The world-famous Vienna Boys Choir performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany Municipal Auditorium. Tickets are $20-$45 from the Albany Area Arts Council, albanyartscouncil.org.
ASU Homecoming events: Convocation, 10 a.m., HPER Gymnasium; Alumni Association Golf Tournament, 11 a.m., River pointe Golf Club; Homecoming Luncheon, noon, L. Orene Hall Building, tickets: $30, advance, $40, at door; dean’s reception, 6 p.m., ASU Student Center ballroom; fish fry, 9 p.m., Quality Inn.
“Funny Money” opens: Theatre Albany opens its second play of the season, the British farce “Funny Money,” at 8 p.m. Other performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 24-26 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 27. The cast is headlined by Glenn White and Rachel Riemke as an English couple who stumble upon a suitcase full of British pounds.
Frightnights: The haunted house sponsored by the Albany Museum of Art is open to scare up some business tonight and Saturday at 2815 Old Dawson Road, former home of the Harley Davidson dealership. Music Friday Intoxicated Logic and Saturday by Lo-Cast.
ASU Homecoming events: Homecoming parade, 9 a.m., Pine Avenue, downtown; young alumni brunch and social, 10 a.m., Hampton Inn & Suites; homecoming football, 2 p.m., ASU v. Morehouse, ASU Colosseum, tickets: $25, adults, $10, K-12; Class Reunion Part II — Blackout Party, 10 p.m. Albany Civic Center, tickets: $15.
Deer hunting starts: Deer hunting with firearms season opens and continues through Jan. 15 in our section of the state. In 2012-13, 295,000 licensed hunters kill4ed 315,000 deer in Georgia, which state game management officials say translated to a $890 million economic benefit to the state. Hunters can harvest up to 10 antlerless and two antlered deer (one of the two antlered deer must have a minimum of four points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers).
ASU Homecoming events: ASU 5K: Ruby Faye Butler Memorial ROTC Run, 8 a.m., ASU amphitheater.
Symphony@the Museum: The Telsa String Quartet performs at 4 p.m. at the Albany Museum of Art, 311 Meadowlark Drive, as part of the Willson Chamber Music Series. Tickets are $20, adults; $10, children.