Things to know in metro Albany for the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2013

Here are some events and activities going on in metro Albany this week.


DOUGHERTY COUNTY COMMISSION: The County Commission meets in a work session at 10 a.m. in room 120 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. No agenda was available Friday afternoon.

GEORGIA PRE-K WEEK: State Rep. Winfred Dukes, D-Albany, will sit alongside a group of 4-year-old children Albany Technical College Child Development Demonstration Center for an hour starting at 9 a.m., reading to the group from a favorite children’s book as part of Georgia’s Pre-K Week. Dukes is one of nearly 150 officials who will visit some of the approximately 3,800 Pre-K classrooms in Georgia.


BUSY MONTH AHEAD: October is always one of the busiest months for special observances before the holiday period hits. Two that you’ll hear about locally are Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

JIMMY CARTER’S BIRTHDAY: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, of Plains, turns 89 years old today. Carter, propelled by the famous Peanut Brigade, served in the White House 1977-81. Of the nation’s four surviving ex-presidents, Carter is second oldest. George H.W. Bush, who served 1989-93, turned 89 on June 12.

ALBANY CITY COMMISSION: The City Commission opens the month with a work session at 8:30 a.m. in room 120 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave. On the agenda: Harriett Hollis will speak to commissioners on race relations and commissioners will get an update from the homeless coalition.

CALL TO SERVICE: Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard will announce phase 2 of her Mayor’s Call to Service at a 1 p.m. news conference in room 120 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave.


ANNUAL BUTTERFLY RELEASE: For the 7th year, Liberty House of Albany will conduct a butterfly release and luncheon to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The release of the butterflies follows a luncheon at noon in room 266 of the Darton State College Student Center, 2400 Gillionville Road. Speakers include Dougherty Superior Court Judge Denise Marshall, Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Pastor Garrett J. Andrew.


DARTON STATE REGISTRATION: B-term registration at Darton State College is 10 a.m.-noon and 4 p.m.-6 p.m.


READ FOR THE RECORD: Dougherty County State Court Judge Victoria Darrisaw will read to kindergartners at 1 p.m. at Live Oak Elementary School. The event is part of the Georgia Read for the Record program. Both Darrisaw and the teacher of the classroom, Jade Kavanaugh, are members of the Junior League of Albany.


CALL TO SERVICE: A meeting of many of the Mayor’s Call to Service neighborhood groups is at 9 a.m. at the Albany Police Department’s Law Enforcement Center at West Oglethorpe Boulevard and North Washington Street. More than 90 groups are now involved in the effort to improve Albany.

ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR: South Albany Medical Center conducts its annual health fair with free health screenings 9 a.m,-1 p.m. at the facility, 1300 Newton Road.

HOLLIS CENTER OPENING: 11 a.m., Eula Lovett Hall, Albany State University. ASU’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program dedicates and opens the Lois B. Hollis Center for Public Deliberation and Participation (CPDP). Hollis, who died in 2003, founded the MPA program in 1987. From 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., the Southwest Georgia Initiative for Community Conversations on Mental Health will conduct opening training in the center.