Things to know in metro Albany -- Sept. 23-29, 2013

Here are some meetings and events you need to know about this week in metro Albany.


DOUGHERTY COUNTY COMMISSION: The commission meets in a regular business meeting at 10 a.m. in room 100 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. On the agenda are consideration of approval of changes to the county’s group health plan, which would keep employee contributions at 2013 rates while changing administrators for the dental portion and requiring those taking expensive specialty drugs to first try less-expensive drugs that treat the same condition; consideration of approval of an actuarial services agreement with Silver Stone Group for the county pension plan; purchase of power generators for a fire station and the county judicial building, as well as an HVAC unit for the judicial building.

PHOEBE PROFESSIONAL AFFAIRS: Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s Professional Affairs Committee meets at 12:30 p.m. in the Willson Board Room at the hospital. No agenda was available Friday.

CIRCUS IN TOWN: The Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars is in town for four performances at the Exchange Club fairgrounds, 810 S. Westover Blvd. The shows are at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.


HEALTH CARE FORUM: 10 a.m., Phoebe Conference Center, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Leaders from business, industry, local governments, not-for-profit organizations, education and health care will meet with Health and Human Services’ Regional Director Dr. Pamela Roshell for a conversation on affordable health care. The forum is presented by state Sen. Freddie Powell Sims, D-Dawson.

DOUGHERTY LIBRARY BOARD: The Dougherty County Public Library Board of Trustees has a called meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Northwest Library, 2507 Dawson Road, to discuss furniture, fixtures and equipment for the Central Library renovation project.

LEE COUNTY COMMISSION: The commission meets in its regular monthly business session at 6 p.m. at the T. Page Tharp Governmental Building, 102 Starksville Ave. North. No agenda was available Friday.

ALBANY CITY COMMISSION:The commission meets in a regular business session at 6:30 p.m. in room 100 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. On the agenda is a public hearing and decision on a rezoning request at 2307 Dawson Road, which would enable the construction of a convenience store/gas station with a Dunkin’ Donuts shop; an ordinance establishing special events rules in the city; award of HOME funds to R&M Marketplace Investments, and authorizing the settlement of a personal injury claim by Thomas Cole Jr.


DOUGHERTY SCHOOL BOARD: The Board of Education meets at 12:30 p.m. following an 11:30 a.m. briefing at the School Administration Building, 200 Pine Ave. The meeting was rescheduled from Wednesday. No agenda was available Friday.

FREEDOM AWARDS BANQUET: The annual Freedom Awards Banquet conducted each year by the Albany-Dougherty branch of the NAACP is at 6 p.m. at the Albany Civic Center banquet room. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III.

CURRY AND FRIENDS: Don “DC” Curry and Friends at the Albany Civic Center has been rescheduled for Nov. 15.


COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR: 8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. at PT Gym, 1420 Dawson Road. The focus of the fair is on diabetes and obesity; health care professionals will be on hand for discussions. Educational materials, food, a live radio remote and door prizes will also be featured.

FAMILY PLAY DAY: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Tift Park, Monroe Street at Fifth Avenue. The annual play day presented by the Albany Recreation and Parks Department and Youth Becoming healthy is a family event with games, arts and crafts, and prizes. Home Depot will have kits for the kids.

WATER, WINGS, WILDLIFE: The Water, Wings and Wildlife Festival is 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Flint RiverQuarium, with birds of prey and reptile shows, birding hikes along the Riverfront Trail, building a birdhouse, learning about the “animals” in outer space, fly fishing along the Flint, fishing in the fountain and SCUBA diving.

EAST MEETS WEST: Su-Chang, playing the guzheng, a Chinese folk instruments that has been around 3,800 years, joins the Albany Symphony Orchestra for its opening concert of the 2013-14 season at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Darton State College Theater, 2400 Gillionville Road.

5 ROCK BANDS: Cut N Run, Poser, Lo-Cast, Beyond Sorrow and Dog Head perform 7 p.m.-midnight at the State Theatre, Pine Ave.