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News Briefs - Oct. 30, 2013

The Jazz Ensemble at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will present an evening of jazz music on Nov. 7. (Special photo)

The Jazz Ensemble at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will present an evening of jazz music on Nov. 7. (Special photo)

Police plan Business Watch, Halloween treats, workouts

ALBANY — The Albany Police Department has announced three public service programs planned for this week. Business owners and managers are invited to the APD Community Center at 6 p.m. today at 2106 E. Oglethorpe Blvd. for a Business Watch meeting. Police personnel will discuss crime prevention and current past business crime trends for the area.

On Thursday from 5 - 8 p.m., children are invited for Halloween festivities at the Community Room of the Law Enforcement Center, 201 W. Oglethorpe Blvd. Candy and treats will be provided, as well as crime prevention information in the alternative to traditional trick or treating. Children should be accompanied by an adult, officials say.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to workout with a cop at Destiny Fitness, 2106 E. Oglethorpe Blvd. by making a donation to Toys for Tots. Participants should bring a new unwrapped toy to be eligible for the workout. Workouts are available on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., officials say.

National Guitar Champion to perform and teach in Albany

Guitarist Steve Kaufman, the only three-time winner of the National Flatpicking Championships, will offer a two-day, all-level flatpicking guitar workshop in Albany Nov. 8 and 9 at Merry Acres. He will also be in performance at Merry Acres Event Center the evening of November 9, with proceeds benefiting Albany Humane Society.

Enrollment for the all-level workshop is limited to 20 students. At the two-hour session Friday night, Nov. 8, Kaufman will meet students, answer questions and evaluate each student’s strengths and weaknesses. The 5-6 hour Saturday session will cover core picking skills and techniques, repertoire and building blocks for growth. Small groups and some individual attention make this workshop valuable for flatpicking guitarists at all levels of experience.

The fee for the two-day workshop is $90 per person. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required to hold a space, with the remainder due the day of the workshop.

For more information or to register for the workshop, and for concert tickets contact: Tom Bishop at (229) 869 2498 or Mike Dykes at (229) 347 9728.

ABAC to present evening of jazz Nov. 7

TIFTON — The Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Choir at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will present an evening of jazz music on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in Howard Auditorium on the campus of ABAC. Sponsored by the ABAC Music Program in the School of Liberal Arts, this concert is open to the public at no charge.

Led by Director of Jazz Studies Donald Coates, the Jazz Ensemble will perform a variety of jazz selections, featuring a range of styles from swing, ballads, Latin and jazz-fusion arrangements, and original compositions.

Also spotlighted will be members of the ABAC Jazz Choir, an auditioned group of singers from within the ABAC Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Susan Roe.

For more information on the concert, contact Roe at (229) 391-4943.