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am undeniably sentimental and Christmas is absolutely one of my favorite times of the year. At the end of a year filled with health issues and chemotherapy, this Christmas obviously holds special importance for me. After I received a clean bill of health from my breast cancer in 2009 I adopted an “almost corgi”from the Mayfield no-kill shelter. Rascal is a wonderful dog and he’s been a great “little brother” to Milo, (my Lhasa Apso/Alaskan mix).

For Christmas this year my grandson Eli is adopting a cat.He’s so excited: His wish list includes a cat house and cat shampoo, a cat bed, cat toys, a cat scratcher and on and on. He makes me want to run out and get another dog but there just isn’t room...Britt would seriously doubt my sanity if I told him we were adopting number three. So, I have a request of all my readers: This Christmas consider adopting a pet from the McCracken County Temporary Shelter. Most of you will have read about the terrible conditions at the McCracken County Humane Society facility and the ongoing issues with illness and euthanasia. The new temporary shelter, which has just opened, already has dogs and cats available for adoption. There’s no adoption fee – yes it’s FREE to give a ‘forever’ home to one of these beautiful animals this Christmas! The shelter is located at 3700 Coleman Road in Paducah. For more information please call Christie Bell at (270) 816-3761. Animals can add so much joy to you and your family.They are wonderful companions for the elderly and loyal friends to all. But remember you must have the money and time to care for your pet.They are going to need a physical, maybe spaying or neutering etc. You have to walk a dog and clean a cat box. All the folks here at the magazine own pets – check out our pet photo parade! Everyone at Purchase Parenting & Family Magazine wishes our readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for making 2011 another great year. ™

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Editor/Publisher: Karen Hammond Cell 270-559-5840 Fax/Office 270-415-9400 paducahparenting@comcast.net • paducahparenting.com Contributing Writers: Robyn Passante, Robin Gericke, Cassie Johnson, Jennifer gregory, Beth Wyatt, Crystal Engler, Rick Epstein Calendar of Events: Let us know about your event, class, meeting or group. Send us the information by email to paducahparenting@comcast.net or call the office, 270-415-9400

Ad Design, Layout & Web Design: Angie Kimbro Ad Design: Laura Thornton, Glen Dunkerson Advertising: Want to advertise your business in the magazine? Have a question regarding ad rates, billing or your account? Contact our advertising department at 270-4159400 or by email paducahparenting@comcast.net Advertising Account Executives: Gina Dunkerson, Crystal Engler, Evette Jernigan and Cassie Johnson Subscription and Distribution: Want to subscribe or receive a copy of the magazine by mail? Need a back issue? Want to add a location to our distribution? Please call our office at 270-415-9400 or email paducahparenting @comcast.net Mission Statement: Purchase Parenting & Family Magazine provides free, accurate and timely information for Western Kentucky, Southern Illinois and all its communities. Our goal is to educate, inform and promote family life, its goals and values, to the parents and grandparents in this area. The magazine will include community, medical, educational, lifestyle and spiritual articles on a monthly basis, written in a balanced and informative manner. Additionally, the magazine is to provide a full color, affordably priced venue in which local businesses can advertise.To that end, we will offer special pricing for not-for-profit organizations such as churches and government agencies, and a discount program for new and unique businesses. Purchase Parenting will maintain a high standard of editorial and advertising content, and creative design. Funding for the magazine will come from the sale of advertising and from public and private grant sources that support community information sources and parenting education. Purchase Parenting intends to maintain and publish a comprehensive monthly calendar of events. The calendar will be the main source within its distribution area for classes, church sponsored activities, reading, art events, galleries and museums, business and business organization events, sports activities, charitable events and fundraising, children’s story time, senior events and activities, and special populations events and activities. Entries to the calendar will be free to all except non- advertiser, for-profit, business entries.

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tableofcontents features

E t h a n A l l e n D e s i g n C e n t e r . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Study Abroad with WKCTC in Peru by: Jennifer Gregory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Share the Gift of Magic this Christmas by: Jim Stott . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 2011 Christmas Toy Review by: Beth Wyattt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

departments activeccare Fibromyalgia by: Dr. Heath Schipp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

dadrrules A Gift can go Over too Well by Rick Epstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

calendaroofevents C a l e n d a r . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

activeffamilies 10 and Under Tennis by Nathan Rowton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

page parentsp Five Tips to Tame ‘The Gimmes’ This Holiday Season by: Robyn Passante . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Purchase Parenting & Family • P.O. Box 8061, Paducah KY 42002 Purchase Parenting & Family® (PP&F® Magazine) is published monthly by Karen Hammond. Advertising design by K-Squared Designs and Emerging Media Productions and layout design by K-Squared Designs. PP&F® Magazine, K-Squared Designs & Laura K. Thornton are not responsible for any injury or harm resulting from the information or advice contained in this magazine. The articles in this issue of PP&F® Magazine may not necessarily reflect the opinions of PP&F® Magazine, K-Squared Designs & Laura K. Thornton. All subscription, editorial, and advertising inquiries should be directed to paducahparenting@comcast.net (270) 415-9400

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communityeevents Yeiser Art Center by: Jamie Lober . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Family Resource and Youth Services Centers by:Crystal Engler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Singing from the Heart - the WKCTC Community Chorus by: Crystal Engler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

notes healthn Diseases that Flare up in Winter by: Jamie Lober . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

churchsspotlight Eastwood Baptist Church by: Cassie Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

greenlliving Green Gift Giving by: Dava Hayden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

bits kidb Learning a Life Lesson From Braces by: Robin Gericke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

seniorsspot The Flu and You - Flu Facts for Seniors by: Cynthia Foster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

notes endingn B u d g e t B u s t e r s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 A d v e r t i s e r ’ s I n d e x . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 S n a p s h o t s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

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re you looking for a way to broaden your horizons? Have you wanted to visit Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Inca? The travel abroad program at WKCTC is headed to Peru this summer from June 11 to June 19, 2012 to learn about the Peruvian culture and archeology and is inviting Western Kentucky residents to join the college students on the trip. This is the fourth study abroad program offered by the college, and WKCTC professors Pat Blaine and Carolyn Perry are co-organizing the trip again this year. In years past the group has traveled to Mexico and last year to Costa Rica. Peru was selected this year because of the unique culture and the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu. Another reason the group is headed to Peru is because the country has a reputation for being a safe place to travel. “Tourism in Peru is increasing primarily because of the safety factor,” said Blaine. The group will be with a full-time tour guide throughout the trip who is fluent in Spanish.“We are experienced at providing trips to students and the community and know we provide a tour that people will cherish for the rest of their lives,” Blaine told me. As with past trips, travelers can combine traveling with earning college credit through a related course. The option to audit the course or go on the trip without attending the course is also available. The course, Culture of Peru starts two weeks before to educate the travelers. During the trip the students in the course will keep journals with their observations. Upon return, the course continues for two weeks for students to compile and present their research from the trip. “When we talk to people about the trip, they often tell us that visiting Peru and Machu Picchu is on their bucket list. It is going to be a once in a lifetime trip”said Perry. People who have visited often describe the experience as spiritual, mysterious, magnificent and fantastic. One of the unique parts of the travel abroad trips through WKCTC is the diversity of the group that departs each year. Last year, the travelers

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where travelers will learn about archeological sites they will be visiting on the rest of the trip. Exhibits at the museum include mummies, ceramics and portraits from the 18th century.“Each part of the journey will be a stepping stone until we finally get to Machu Picchu,” said Perry. “Every place we go we will see some type of archeological significance.” The group will then fly to Cuzco where they will visit Korikancha Temple, Cuzco Cathedral, and the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Other stops will include touring the Inca sites of Tambomachay and Kenko. The city of Cuzco means “navel of the earth”and was founded in the 12th century by Inca emperors.

included 23 people ranging from community members, college students and families with teenagers.“It was exciting to have a large and diverse group,” said Perry.

On Day 4, the travelers will take a train to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Inca. Blaine and Perry expect this to be the highlight of the trip. It sits atop a mountain at 7,110 feet at the end of the 27 mile Inca Trail. The ancient home for the Inca rulers, built around 1400 AD, has been restored in recent years. In 2007, the site was selected as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The next day, the tour will take a train to Ollantaytambo where they will visit tour the city, visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas and head to the Indian market in Pisac. Ollantaytambo is considered a “living Inca town” and much of Inca culture is alive today. The last two days will be spent in Cuzco with travelers having some time and visiting a local orphanage. Optional trips during this portion of the trip also include visiting Maras and Moray. The tour will then fly to Lima to catch their return flight to the United States.

The trip will begin in the capital city of Lima with a tour of the city including the Government Palace, Archbishop’s Palace, City Hall, and Cathedral of Lima. Other highlights in Lima include the San Francisco Monastery and a walking tour of Miraflores, the commercial district of Lima with shopping, galleries and restaurants. An important stop in Lima will be the National Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

The price of the trip is approximately $3,500, which includes airfare, bus and train transportation, internal flights, hotel accommodations, and a full-time guide. Daily breakfast and dinner is also included. You can sign up now at www.efcollegestudytours.com – Tour # 1010605. Or you may contact Pat Blaine, WKCTC Study Abroad program co-organizer at (270) 534-3207 or pat.blaine@kctcs.edu. ™

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by Nathan Rowton

10 and Under Tennis

Paul Rowton Indoor Tennis Center

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hether you are a player or a spectator, tennis is an exciting sport. It is also great physical activity for both kids and adults, and considered a ‘life sport’ because it can be played from the time you are young through your senior years. Because of the increasing popularity of the sport and the desire by younger children to get involved, it’s governing body, the United States Tennis Association (USTA), has taken some much needed steps to make it kid friendly. 10 and Under Tennis (10U tennis) is a revolutionary change in the way kids learn and play tennis, as well as compete. It is structured for kids to learn how to rally and play quickly, making the game both enjoyable and rewarding to this younger age group. As with most sports, tennis involves lots of practice, especially when you starting out. But for years, racquets have been simply too big for little hands and nets too high to see over. as a beginning youth player much of that practice had to do with standing in long lines to hit a ball. Playing on a full size court, smaller children could not hope to hit the ball hard or fast enough to make it over the net repeatedly: Playing a “rally’ against another young player was only a dream. And, playing a rally is one of the most exciting parts of the sport.

providing partial funding to facilities to paint lines on existing tennis courts to accommodate 10U tennis. They are also currently offering FREE membership to all 10U kids into the USTA. Being a member of the USTA provides subscriptions to TENNIS and USTA Magazines. Membership allows participation in USTA member events, USTA League and Tournament Tennis and even provides discounts on USTA Merchandise. Becoming a member of USTA will help link kids to the game they will be playing.

Where can my child learn to play 10U tennis? For listings of facilities that offer 10U tennis, you can go directly to www.USTA.com and click on the link "Find 10 and under tennis near you" where you can enter a city or zip code or even facility name to search for facilities and areas that offer 10U tennis. Currently, the Paducah Tennis Association and the Paul Rowton Indoor Tennis Center, LLC (PRITC) provides classes and programs to get kids into 10U tennis. ™

Thankfully, tennis is now following the formula that the majority of youth sports have used for years; tailoring equipment and courts to a child’s size and age so that they develop skills and have fun right from the start. Kids have traditionally learned to play baseball by first playing T-ball; they use shorter, lighter bats and larger, softer balls. Kids learning basketball shoot baskets with kid-sized balls on lowered backboards and they play soccer on smaller fields with smaller goals. Now, in 10 and Under Tennis, equipment and courts have been sized appropriately for kids to make the game more accessible and therefore more fun. This allows kids to get involved from an earlier age: Racquets are sized for small hands, and courts are smaller and therefore easier to cover. Kids will enjoy playing the game right away and will keep coming back for more, developing a lifelong passion and appreciation for tennis. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is helping to fund this change. The USTA is providing grants to facilities across the United States to help pay a portion of the costs associated with building the 36'and 60' smaller courts and nets as well as www.purchaseparenting.com December2011 • 15


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ne of Paducah’s greatest treasures does not always get the accolades and attention it deserves.The Yeiser Art Center, (YAC), was founded 1957 and is a non-profit visual arts gallery located in the historic Market House in downtown Paducah. Exhibitions and events organized by the Yeiser feature quality works by established and emerging artists. “The Yeiser Art Center is over fifty years-old and is the oldest nonprofit, visual arts center in the region,” said Erin Bay, Assistant to the Director at the Center. “We present between eight and ten exhibitions a year, featuring works from local, regional and even international artists.These exhibitions include painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, fiber art, mixed media and photography, so the Yeiser is a good place to see the spectrum of arts in Paducah.” The shows and exhibitions draw all ages.“It is great to have kids involved in art especially at a time when art programs are being cut from the public schools because of funding concerns”said Bay.“We want to be a resource for students and educators”The Yeiser website features, worksheets and other teaching tools to help educators and parents alike make the most of any family visit to YAC. School group tours are encouraged but please book them at least two weeks in advance.The public can also participate in workshops which the Yeiser holds throughout the year. Admission to the gallery is free from Tuesday through Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. “We welcome anyone and are more than willing to stop what we are doing and talk about the art,‘ said Bay. The third annual YAC Members' Show, which opened on November 12, is a celebration of the creativity of the Yeiser members. It features a full array of two and three-dimensional works of fine arts and crafts. Each YAC member was invited to enter one work in any medium for this non-juried exhibition. Members of the community are sure to recognize some names but may also learn about new artists who are not currently full-time professionals. New for this year's exhibition are the YAC Board of Directors' award and the People's Choice Award. The YAC Board of Directors’ Award is a cash award given to one outstanding work in the exhibition. Visitors to the show may purchase ballots and vote for their favorite

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work of art, with the proceeds going to the artwork receiving the most votes.The People's Choice award will be announced December 10, 2011 at the YAC Holiday Party.

Doodling with Bill Ford Local Artist and Interior Designer Bill Ford will hold a children’s art workshop on December 10 from 12.30 to 2 p.m.The workshop, titled ‘The Art of Doodling with Bill,’is designed for children between the ages of five and ten. Ford will demonstrate doodling on a heavy illustration board so it is easier for all to see. “He will talk about what a ‘doodle’is and show techniques that are more of an art form,” explained Bay. Ford wants to get out the message that everybody doodles and it can be a great introduction to other kinds of art. Ford may frame the doodles and is offering gift wrap so that kids can have the option of wrapping their finished ‘doodles’ as a gift for their parents. It may even serve as a nice holiday present. The workshop, which costs $25 per child, is sure to fill up quickly and advanced reservations are required. The evening of December 10th is also the night of the YAC holiday party. There will be food from local supporting restaurants, and the gallery will be open to anyone who wants to see the show. Attire is casual.“We also have the gallery store which is a gift shop,” said Bay. “It features local and regional handmade items such as jewelry,glass ornaments,scarves and ceramics like mugs and plates.”

More exhibitions in 2012 The Wastelander's New Year's Eve Exhibition will open on December 31 and run through January 7, 2012. The opening reception will be held on Saturday,December 31st from 6 - 9 p.m. The Teen Spirit Exhibition, which starts in January, will feature the best high school work in the region.“We had the first ever video submission from a student who made a music video,” Bay explained. “It was neat to see him excited about making something new and his teacher pushing him to submit it to the show. It is a nice opportunity to highlight both students who

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2012 Calendar of Events Teen Spirit 2012: January 15 - February 11, 2012 Opening Reception Sunday, January 15, 3:00-5:00pm

All Natural Four-Person Exhibition: February 25-March 24, 2012 Opening Reception Saturday, February 25, 5:00-7:00pm

Fantastic Fibers 2012 Juried Exhibition: March 31- May 5, 2012 Opening Reception Saturday, March 31, 5:00-7:00pm

Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen Exhibit: May 19 - June 16,2012 Opening Reception Saturday, May 19, 5:00-7:00pm

Paducah Photo 2012 Juried Exhibition: June 30 - August 4, 2012 Opening Reception Saturday, June 30, 5:00-7:00pm

Rob Millard-Mendez Solo Exhibition: August 18-September 22, 2012 Opening Reception Saturday, August 18, 5:00-7:00pm

Denise Stewart-Sanabria and Christine Wuenschel Exhibition September 29-November 3, 2012 Opening Reception Saturday, September 29, 5:00-7:00pm

Yeiser Member's Show: November 10-December 22, 2012 Opening Reception Saturday, November 10, 5:00-7:00pm

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are doing well and the teachers that help them shine. Every year we are excited to see what is new.” Each month, a space is reserved in the gallery for the work of a featured local artist. Additionally, at every member show, an Easter Seals artist is invited to present their work. Art is for everyone. “Art can help you approach problems more creatively and gives you solutions for things,” said Bay. Programming is on the rise as support and funding continues to grow for the Yeiser Art Center. Bay explained that YAC has big plans for the future including a children’s summer camp. The Yeiser Art Center relies on donations, the generous support of its members and public and private grants to stay open. All monetary contributions, donations and gifts are gratefully accepted. For more information, you can check out www.theyeiser.org. or better yet, go and visit YAC! ™


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Fibromyalgia by Dr. Heath Schipp Active Care Chiropractic

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ibromyalgia is a common syndrome of aching, stiffness, and pain of the muscles and bones for greater than 3 months duration. The palpation of the multiple tender points reproduces tenderness in the absence of significant pathology. The condition is associated with headaches, stiffness and swelling, fatigue, dysmenorrhea and sleep problems. Fibromyalgia is a common problem that affects 3.7 million Americans. Almost 90% of Fibromyalgia patients are women, who are usually between 40-50 years old. The syndrome costs Americans more than $10 billion annually. Fibromyalgia is a recently identified syndrome. It was not until 1993 that the World Health Organization officially recognized Fibromyalgia as a disease. These factors cause Fibromyalgia to be a commonly misdiagnosed condition. Many practitioners don’t know the criteria needed to prop-

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erly diagnose Fibromyalgia. In addition, the criteria needed for diagnosis are very subjective. Lab testing such as x-rays and blood tests will reveal very little. The average Fibromyalgia patient visits more than 5 medical practitioners, spends thousands of dollars, and has symptoms for 5 years before an accurate diagnosis is made. There are many different treatments for this syndrome and they vary widely in their effectiveness. Fibromyalgia is a disease that is characterized by two main criteria. The first one is that the patient must have widespread pain that has been present for at least 3 months. Pain is only considered widespread if it is found on both sides of the body, above and below the waist, and in the skeleton. The second criteria is that pain must be present in 11 of 18 tender points on palpation. These points are located at the base of the head, low neck, second rib, above


the elbow, in the gluteal region, at the top of the hip, and in the middle of the knee. The cause of all Fibromyalgia is unknown, so treating this disease can be difficult. All of the treatments have limitations and many have very little evidence backing their effectiveness. In a study of both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions, less than half of the patients had adequate symptom relief. Some of the most common treatments are drug therapy, chiropractic adjustment with soft tissue ischemic compression, stress management, acupuncture, exercise, and education. Chiropractic can be effective in managing Fibromyalgia. In Hain’s study, patients showed a drop of pain intensity (77.1%), an enhanced quality of sleep (63.5%), and less fatigue (74.8%). The reasoning behind using chiropractic for management is because adjusting can inhibit pain, relax paraspinal muscles, break articular adhesions, and increase the range of motion. Exercises such as aerobic dance, stationary cycling and aerobic walking can help with treatment. Fibromyalgia is commonly misdiagnosed, and when it is diagnosed properly many patients are put on treatments that are appear to have little effect on the symptoms or may not have been researched specifically for this disease. Many people find that their medication is not very effective. Fortunately, some studies have shown chiropractic to be an effective form of treatment. Exercise in combination with other treatments and acupuncture have also been shown to be effective. Patient education and stress reduction may additionally relieve some of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Consult your chiropractor if you think you could be suffering from Fibromyalgia. ™ www.purchaseparenting.com December2011 • 23


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Diseases That Flare Up In Winter by Jamie Lober Purchase Parenting and Family Staff

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or many people winter is the season for aches and pains. Rheumatologists treat more cases of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and immune system diseases like lupus as the season gets colder. “A lot of those things seem to act up in winter and any change of weather seems to provoke worsening of arthritis and makes arthritis joints worse,” explained Dr. Christopher Phillips, Board Certified Rheumatologist at Lourdes.

Renaud’s Syndrome Renaud’s Syndrome is another troublesome condition. “That phenomenon can occur in healthy people and can also be

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seen in the context of a variety of different immune system diseases like lupus and scleroderma,” said Phillips. The details of Renaud’s may be confusing to the layperson. “Blood vessels that supply your fingers constrict more than they should in response to cold and folks describe that their fingers turn blue, white or red,” said Phillips. They turn white when blood flow and oxygen are diminished and then red when the blood starts circulating again. “There are medicines we can use to treat that,” said Phillips.

Arthritis People do not always realize that all arthritis is not the same. “Osteoarthritis is the most common type which is the wear and tear that occurs as you get older,” said Phillips. Risk factors include being overweight and exposures like history of trauma, sports injury or running jackhammer. “When folks have arthritis the main thing they can do is lose weight and if they are sedentary, exercise to keep the joints moving by walking or using a stationary bike,” said Phillips.Those types of exercise do not pound on the joints too much,”Treatment is aimed at managing symptoms like pain. “Some people may need to be on an anti-inflammatory year-round,” said Phillips. Joint injections, pain medicines and joint replacement surgery are other options.


Rheumatoid arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease of the immune system.“It is caused by the immune system attacking the lining of the joints and is not related to things you do or overuse,” said Phillips. There is a genetic link and smoking is a risk factor, so staying fit, not smoking and maintaining a normal weight can help. Any joint pain is worrisome.“Folks who have new onset of joint symptoms, pain, swelling or stiffness should be evaluated by a primary care doctor,” said Phillips. There are some antibody tests in the blood that can be checked but these may not always be accurate depending on age and gender. “We look at markers of inflammation in the blood and will do x-rays of joints that are troublesome where we see characteristic changes,” said Phillips. In the last ten years, a number of new agents have been approved for treatment. “It is an exciting time for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers,” said Phillips.

Fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia can be more bothersome in winter as well. “With that disease, exercise is important to decrease pain and sun exposure is important,” said Phillips. Fibromyalgia is a disease where people hurt all over, predominantly in the muscles. “It is not a process where anything is wrong in the muscles but the body is sensing pain more loudly than it should do. If you are depressed or not sleeping well, it is worse,” said Phillips. Diagnosis can be made on clinical grounds if the symptoms are consistent enough. Otherwise, a test may be done to exclude things like thyroid abnormality that can mimic fibromyalgia. Medicines that work on the nerve endings or on the part of the brain that processes pain may lessen symptoms.“Physical therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy can also be helpful,” said Phillips. Undoubtedly it gets cold and damp in Kentucky so diseases tend to flare up more easily. “Kentucky ranks first in the United States with first incidence of arthritis in adults,” said Molly Young, director at The Arthritis Foundation. Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of arthritis in the United States as well as in Kentucky. “Since Kentucky is a rural state, there are different factors that come into play such as professions that are labor intensive. We have factory, farm work and coal mining for instance which all produce wear and tear on joints over time,” said Young. Many professionals who have a high level physical activity each work day tend to develop osteoarthritis.“It is also associated with our state’s obesity rate, and there is a correlation between smoking and arthritis, and our smoking rate is high,” explained Young.

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warning signs of arthritis and who gets it,” said Young. People are not preventing it, controlling it or being diagnosed properly,” he explained. The best defense is physical activity; anything from walking to swimming. Warm water, tai chi, yoga and land-based exercises can improve the lives of those with arthritis in the winter months. Staying in touch with a doctor can also make a difference. Continue to remember basics such as standing and sitting up straight and avoid slouching to relieve back pain and to distribute your weight equally on both feet. Tighten your stomach muscles, even when sitting. “Do not smoke, get a good night’s sleep, get a good mattress, do not sleep on your stomach, and practice relaxation techniques,” said Young. There is a lot you can do. If you suspect you have a problem, do not be afraid to come forward. “If you are experiencing arthritis pain and it is disruptive to your daily life or quality or life, you need to see a physician to get properly diagnosed so you know what you are dealing with and what treatment options are available,” said Young.“ Research shows the importance of vitamin C and antioxidants, amongst pother things, in reducing the risk of osteoarthritis and its progression. When you are considerate of your lifestyle choices and consult with a doctor on signs of trouble, you will find yourself in better bone and joint health this winter. ™

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Learning a Life Lesson from Braces by Robin Gericke Purchase Parenting and Family Staff

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n October 12, 2011, at 9:30 a.m., I got my braces off! After ‘wearing’ them for two and a half years, I was ready for them to be out of my mouth. I’m not sure I consider having bits of metal bonded to my teeth as ‘wearing’ something, but I suppose that’s how you properly refer to having braces. I was so excited to finally have the straight, brace-free teeth so many of my friends have…but I have to admit, I was nervous too. I had this fear that when the brackets were pried off, my teeth would come out too. One of my family’s friends

told me that you never actually see someone getting their braces off because the hygienists force them into a room with sound proof walls so that the rest of the patients won’t hear the screams of pain! I knew he was only joking, but it did nothing to calm my anxiety. However, there was no hidden chamber I was taken in, and my appointment passed somewhat uneventfully. When the hygienist took the brackets off of my teeth, I did hear some unnerving snapping noises.Thankfully, that was simply the brackets coming

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off, while me teeth stayed firmly rooted in my mouth. (I want to assure you there is no need to panic.) The rest of my appointment was overshadowed with a sense of relief. After the brackets had come off, the hygienist bonded a permanent retainer to the back of my front bottom six teeth. A permanent retainer is a thin wire that is bonded to the back of the teeth, just like brackets are, to ensure that they do not move. Next, the hygienist removed the glue off of my teeth. Let me rephrase that: She scraped the glue off my teeth using some sort of vibrating metal thing hooked up to a motor. That alone didn’t worry me, but the burning smell and smoke coming from my mouth did. When I commented on it, she assured me that it was normal. Most of my appointment was spent getting the glue polished off. A few x-rays and pictures later, I was free to walk out into the world with a beautiful smile! The first few days with brace free teeth were exciting for me. My teeth felt slimy, since I was used to having a metal bracket on each tooth. It also felt like my gums were swollen. When I ate a cheeseburger right after the appointment, it was strange to have the sensation of food just ‘sliding’ off of my teeth. Also, I could just bite into things; I didn’t have to tear everything I ate into little pieces. When I brushed my teeth for the first time, it felt like brushing silk because my teeth were so smooth. While the first few days took some getting used to, my straight smile now feels normal! So, if you have braces or are getting them soon, here are some truths and words of encouragement (from someone who has had a successful experience with braces). Yes, braces do hurt, yet you aren’t in constant pain.There are two kinds of pain that comes from having braces: When you first get your braces on, the inside of your mouth gets very torn up. In about a week, your mouth has developed a sort of callus against the braces, and the pain goes away. The second type of pain is the result of having things pulling on your teeth to make them straight. Not only do your actual teeth hurt, your jaw can hurt too. I had to wear both head gear and rubber bands, which can leave your mouth very sore for the first few days. When your braces are causing you pain, remember, braces are meant to adjust your teeth. You also have to adjust to them and that is the painful part. But after you are used to your new braces, or your teeth are no longer sore from having the wires adjusted, there is not much pain at all. Now that the bad truth is out of the way, here are some words of encouragement: I know that many times over the 28 • December2011 www.purchaseparenting.com


two and a half years, I wondered if it would really be worth it in the end. I can now say, yes, it is! Not only does a straight smile look better, but it is also easier to clean my teeth, and that’s’ healthier too. Finally, the key character qualities for anyone with braces are patience and obedience. Braces do give you a beautiful smile, but it is like a slow process. Also, you must follow the instructions that your orthodontist tells you, which is sometimes a hard thing to do. When you eat what you’re not supposed to, break your braces, or you don’t wear you rubber bands or headgear, the process will take even longer. Here is a tip from someone who had, unfortunately, broken her orthodontist’s rules a few times: Don’t do it! Also, make sure you keep your teeth and braces extra clean. If you don’t, your teeth could be permanently damaged and not very beautiful. For those of you who are about to get your braces off remember that you must wear your retainers! Wouldn’t it be terrible to have your teeth move back after all your hard work?

ent to Him. Even though there will be pain and troubles, the end result is beautiful and worth waiting for.“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 Robin would like to thank Dr. Brantley for her beautiful smile and Kayla Ackley for the wonderful pictures. http://kaylasphotography101.shutterfly.com

I think having to wear braces is also a life lesson. Just as we have to be patient with braces and obedient to our orthodontists, so we should patient with God’s timing and obedi-

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9:30 AM-1 PM. Pancake Breakfast, Polar Express Train Experience, Pictures with Santa, Christmas Shopping with chances for door prizes, Silent and Live Auctions. Contact Jennifer Frazier or Mr. Buchanon with HLOE PTO 270-538-4110

eventsccalendar To place an event in the calendar please call (270) 415-9400 or email us at paducahparenting@comcast.net. Submissions will be accepted until the 15th of each month prior to publication.

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. First United Methodist Church, Metropolis. 6:30 11:30 AM. $5 adults, 12 and under FREE. www.metropoliskiwanis.org The Christmas Spectacular (ages 6-12). MSU, 3rd Floor Curris Center. 9 AM – 1 PM. See a play, make a craft, learn a dance, have a snack. $25. For more, 270-809-4635. Project Hope Animal Shelter’s Christmas Bazaar and Pet Photos with Santa. Grace Episcopal Church. 10 AM- 4 PM.

December 1 THURSDAY

PAPA 3rd Annual Christmas Charity Art Sale. PAPA Gallery in Paducah. 10 AM. 270-575-3544. www.thepapagallery.com

Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Power in Partnership Breakfast. Julian Carroll Convention Center. 7:30 AM. Speakers: Dr. Terry Holliday & David Adkisson on Education & Business in KY. For Tickets, www.paducahchamber.org

Spinning and Weaving Demonstration. Fort Massac State Parke, Metropolis. 10 AM – 3:30 PM.

“Experience the Sensation” – Test drive the Pfaff Creative Sensation. 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM or 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM. $10. 270-888-7301. www.englishsewvac.com

Civil War Encampment. The Home Place. LBL. 10 AM – 4 PM. Program free with paid Homeplace admission. www.lbl.org

Michelson Jewelers Holiday Open House. 6-8 PM. 10% of proceeds benefit Paducah Symphony Orchestra. www.michelsonjewelers.net

Paducah School of Art Student/Faculty Art Sale. WKCTC, Clemens Gallery. 10 AM – 6 PM. www.artsinfocus.org

2 FRIDAY

Metropolis Christmas Parade. Travels along Ferry Street to Market Street. 1:30 PM.

Dog Decoded - Free Movie Night. Fort Massac, Metropolis. 6-7 PM. 618-524-4712. Gremlins at Maiden Alley Cinema. 7 PM. www.maidenalleycinema.org The Sound of Music. Playhouse in the Park, Murray. 7 inthepark.net

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Jackson Purchase Dance Company presents Cinderella. MSU Lovett Auditorium. 7:30 PM. $8 Adults, $6 Students 16 and under. FREE kids under 3. For more, 270-767-0579.

3 SATURDAY Hendron Lone Oak Elementary’s Polar Express and Shopping Extravaganza.

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Invention Guru at McCracken County Library.2 PM.Paul Niemann,the author of Invention Mysteries Books, will teach you what to do with your great ideas and about others who have had them. www.elsenpeterproductions.com/talent/the-invention-guru.html. Movies for me presents Home Alone. Maiden Alley Cinema. 4 PM. www.maidenalleycinema.org City of Paducah Christmas Parade. Travels along Broadway from 13th to 2nd Street. 5 PM. www.paducahky.gov. Parade/MAC event. After the parade, eat at a downtown restaurant. Bring your receipt to Maiden Alley Cinema and see Home Alone for FREE at 7:30. Cookies and cider provided.


The Sound of Music. Playhouse in the Park, Murray. 7 inthepark.net

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Beyond the Glorious Garden. Purchase Players CPAC, 302 W.Water St., Mayfield. 7 PM. 270-251-9035. The Life of Christ – Hark the Herald. Immanuel Baptist Church, 3465 Buckner Lane, Paducah. Doors open 6 PM, Musical 7 PM. FREE. For more, 270-443-5306 or at immanuel-paducah.org.

4 SUNDAY Paducah School of Art Student/Faculty Art Sale. West Kentucky Community & Technical College, Clemens Gallery. 11 AM – 4 PM. www.artsinfocus.org The Sound of Music. Playhouse in the Park, Murray. 2:30 PM. www.playhouseinthepark.net WKCTC Community Chorus Holiday Concert. West Kentucky Community & Technical College, Clemens Fine Art Center. 3 PM. www.artsinfocus.org Gremlins at Maiden Alley Cinema. 2 PM, 4:30 PM, and 7 PM. www.maidenalleycinema.org The Life of Christ – Hark the Herald. Immanuel Baptist Church, 3465 Buckner Lane, Paducah. Doors open 5 PM, Musical 6 PM. FREE. For more, 270-443-5306 or at immanuel-paducah.org Beyond the Glorious Garden. Purchase Players CPAC, 302 W.Water St., Mayfield. 7 PM. 270-251-9035.

5 MONDAY Paducah Photographers Club. Broadway Baptist Church of Christ. 6:30 Yearly membership $20. Email bonnie.littleton@gmail.com

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6 TUESDAY Story Time: “Candlelight Flickers”. McCracken County Library. 10 AM and 1 PM. Baby and me. McCracken County Library. 11 required. FREE.

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One Caregiver per child

Art Guild of Paducah Member/Guest Potluck. McCracken County Library. 6-8 PM. Alben Barkley Democratic Women’s Club. 6 PM. 270-933-7444. Downtown Kiwanis Club 73rd Annual Christmas Auction. Rolling Hills Country Club. 6:30 PM. FREE. 270-441-0825. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Carson Center. 7 Adults. www.thecarsoncenter.org

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$10 Students, $18

7 WEDNESDAY Music at MAC presents Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three & The Dirt Daubers 7 PM. $12. Tickets available on-line at www.maidenalleycinema.org

8 THURSDAY Intermediate Quilting Class:“Attic Window Quilt”. English’s Sew & Vac. 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. $15 class fee, $19.95 book fee. 270-888.7301. www.englishsewvac.com American Red Cross Blood Drive. Graves County Middle School. 1 PM – 6 PM. An Evening Upstairs with Steve Hecklinger. McCracken County Library. Paducah Year in Review – A Photo Journal Documentary. 7 PM. For more, 270-442-2510. Affordable Art Show and Reception. Philosophy Gallery, 333 N. 9th St. Paducah. 5 – 8 PM. Art from $25 to $500 from various area artists.

9 FRIDAY The Sound of Music. Playhouse in the Park, Murray. 7 inthepark.net

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10 SATURDAY Nature Watch:Winter Migrants in LBL. Leaves Kenlake State Resort Park Lobby. 9 AM – 4 PM. $40 per person, reservations required. Includes lunch. Call 270-9242020. www.lbl.org Paducah Parks & Recreation Breakfast with Santa. Senior Center. 9 www.paducahky.gov

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eventsccalendar Candy Cane Hunt. Keiler Park, 10 AM. FREE. www.paducahky.gov Story Time with Mrs. Claus. National Quilt Museum. 10 AM – 2 PM. FREE. Create “quilted” sugar cookies and listen to stories from Mrs. Claus. For more, 270-4428856 or www.nationalquiltmuseum.org. The Sound of Music. Playhouse in the Park, Murray. 7 inthepark.net

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Beyond the Glorious Garden. Purchase Players CPAC, 302 W.Water St., Mayfield. 7 PM. 270-251-9035. Paducah Symphony Orchestra presents “Home for Christmas”. Carson Center, 7:30 PM. Call 270-444-0065 for tickets.

11 SUNDAY Old Tyme Christmas. Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis. 1 – 5 PM. FREE. For emor, 618-524-9321 The Sound of Music. Playhouse in the Park, Murray. 2:30 PM. www.playhouseinthepark.net Beyond the Glorious Garden. Purchase Players CPAC, 302 W.Water St., Mayfield. 7 PM. 270-251-9035.

12 MONDAY Metroplis Garden Club. 900 West 10th, Metropolis. 9 AM

13 TUESDAY Story Time: “Christmas Giving – The Shoemaker and the Elves”. McCracken County Library. 10 AM and 1 PM. Baby and Me. McCracken County Library. 11 required. FREE.

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One caregiver per child

14 WEDNESDAY 15 THURSDAY 16 FRIDAY The Sound of Music. Playhouse in the Park, Murray. 7 inthepark.net

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Walter McCarty Concert. Graves County Schools Performing Arts Center. 7 PM. $35 270-328-4884.

17 SATURDAY Audobon Christmas Bird Count. Nature Station, LBL. $5 per person with fee going to National Audobon Society. Dress for Weather and Bring Binoculars, Field Guide, and lunch. Call 270-924-2299 to register. www.lbl.org Holiday Origami. McCracken County Library, Conference Room. 2-4 PM. Story Time With Santa. Metropolis Public Library. 2:00 PM. For more, contact 618-524-4312. The Sound of Music. Playhouse in the Park, Murray. 7 inthepark.net

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Beyond the Glorious Garden. Purchase Players CPAC, 302 W.Water St., Mayfield. 7 PM. 270-251-9035.

18 SUNDAY The Sound of Music. Playhouse in the Park, Murray. 2:30 PM. www.playhouseinthepark.net Beyond the Glorious Garden. Purchase Players CPAC, 302 W.Water St., Mayfield. 7 PM. 270-251-9035.

19 MONDAY 20 TUESDAY Story Time: “Grinch and Friends”. McCracken County Library. 10 AM and 3:30 PM, Dickens Carolers. McCracken County Library. 1 – 3 PM family program.

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Film Brew presents Die Hard. Maiden Alley Cinema. Doors open 6 PM, film starts at 7 PM. $15 members, $20 non-members, includes 2 drink tickets and temed food. Schlafley’s provides Pale Ale.

21 WEDNESDAY 22 THURSDAY 23 FRIDAY 24 SATURDAY CHRISTMAS EVE McCracken County Library closed.

25 SUNDAY CHRISTMAS DAY McCracken County Library closed.

26 MONDAY McCracken County Library closed.

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Lowertown Gallery information available at www.paducaharts.com. Paducah Railroad Museum – 201 Washington St. Fri. 1 - 4 by appt. $3 Adults, $1 Children. Donations. 270-519-7377

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-4 PM or

PAPA Gallery. Works by 100 local artists. 124 Broadway. Mon. - Fri. 10 – 4PM. FREE. 575-3544. www.thepapagallery.com The Right Angle Gallery. Mon-Fri 9-5 Sat 10-3. 4645 Village Square Dr. River Discovery Center – 117 S. Water Street. Monday – Saturday 9:30 AM – 5 PM. Sunday 1 – 5 PM . $7 adults, $5 children (ages 3 - 12), $6 seniors 60 and over. 270575-9958. www.riverdiscoverycenter.org Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum - 631 Kentucky Ave. Interpreting Paducah's & Western KY's roles in the Civil War. Fri/Sat Noon to 4PM; 10AM-4PM when riverboats in port; group tours by appt. Adults $3/child 6-12 $1/under 6 free 575-5477. The William Clark Market House Museum – 121 Market House Square. Mon – Sat 12 – 4 PM. $3 ages 12 and up, $1 ages 6 – 11, 443-7759 Whitehaven Welcome Center – I-24, exit 7. Tours 1 – 4 PM daily, Tours every half hour, daily 1:30 – 4 PM. FREE. 554-2077.

30 FRIDAY 31 SATURDAY Wastelanders New Year’s Eve Party & Art Exhibition. Yeiser Art Center,2nd and Broadway. 6-9 PM. FREE and open to the public with refreshments served. McCracken County Library closed.

UPCOMING IN JANUARY: JANUARY 22. Community Breakfast. Fountain Avenue United Methodist Church.Thursdays: Weight the Reality Series. McCracken County Extension Office.

Art Galleries, Exhibitions & Museums: Apprenticeship for Artists.Ages 13+.Ongoing. Paducah Parks Department.444-8508.

Religious Services & Meetings: Amazing Grace Lutheran Church - 270-554-5256 or 270443-7787 amazinggracelutheranpaducah.org unbridledword@yahoo.com Meets at House of Hope, 2025 Clarkline Road SUNDAY Service: 10 AM

Bellview Baptist Church – 554-3173 www.bellviewbaptistpaducah.com 4875 Old Mayfield Road – Pastor Bro. Mike Nolen www.bellviewbaptistchurch.com • Sunday School: 9 AM; Worship Service: 10 AM; Sunday Evening: 6 PM; Wednesday Service: 6:30 PM

THROUGH DECEMBER 6: “A Sense of Balance Exhibit”: Explore how quiltmakers of the past balanced form, color, and line in their quilts, whether consciously or unconsciously.You decide. National Quilt Museum. . For more, call 270442-8856. Open: Monday - Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM, Sunday 1 – 5 PM. www.nationalquiltmuseum.org

THROUGH DECEMBER 17: Member’s Show, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah. FREE. 270-443-2453. www.theyesier.org

DECEMBER 19-22 Four Day Youth Workshop. BiLan Liao Gallery 524 N. 7th St. 8:30 – 11:30 AM daily. An opportunity to experience Chinese Tai Chi, Chinese Language, Chinese Culture, and Chinese Painting. $140 (includes materials). The deadline to sign up for the workshop is December 15. 270-366-3474

THROUGH JANUARY 13: “Quilting Reinvented, Longarm Quilters of the 21st Century”; The longarm quilting machine has revolutionized the art of quiltmaking. See the work of top practitioners, Marilyn Badger, Rene Haddadin, Richard Larson, Sharon Schamber and Linda Taylor.

THROUGH JANUARY 12: “Red Rock Landscapes of Southern Utah:” Gallery exhibit of photography by Larry Heavrin.Tribeca Gallery.Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM – 3 PM & 5 – 9 PM; Saturday, noon – 9 PM. 270-444-3960. tribecarestaurant.com . FREE. Glass Artisan Guild. Meets in Murray and is open to all. For information, contact Judi Little at 270-436-5132 or visit www.artisanglassguild.com. Meets the 2ND TUE AT 6PM- Usually at the Murray Transit Center- but we also meet in members studios for special projects and demonstrations. Civil War Walking Tour. Paducah Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Using the map, drawn by hand in 1861, by a Federal Captain of occupying troops in Paducah, follow the path of historical markers to discover the city"s important role during the Civil War. Call 1-800-PADUCAH for more. Market @ 315. An array of original art forms. Quilts, Paintings,Turned Wood, Bead Art, Fiber Arts, and much more! All to your "Arts Desire"! 442-6151.

National Quilt Museum. 215 Jefferson Street. For more, call 442-8856. www.nationalquiltmuseum.org. Scheduled school groups of 10 or more are free. The museum offers guided tours to pre-registered groups. Please schedule your group at least two weeks in advance.

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eventsccalendar Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church - 270-876-7239 www.bethelcpchurch.org “Come Grow With Us”

SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9 AM.; Worship, 10 AM. & 6 PM. Youth (6th-12th grade) , 6 PM WEDNESDAY: 5:30 Meal 6 PM AWANA (0-5th) Youth (6th-12th) Adult Bible Study

Broadway Baptist Church 2435 Broadway Pastor: Brother Steve Gorham; Sunday School, 10 AM; Sunday worship, 11am; Sunday evening, 6 PM; Wednesday worship, 7 PM

Broadway Church of Christ.

SUNDAY: Morning Worship, 9:30 AM; Bible Study, 10:45 AM Evening Worship, 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Bible Study, 7 PM

Broadway United Methodist Church - 443-2401 www.bumc-paducah.org

SUNDAY: Fellowship Time 9 AM. Youth & Adult Sunday School for all ages 9:30 AM. Worship 10:30 AM Youth group (grades 6-12) – 6 PM.Youth Activities, Sunday 6 PM. SELECTED FRIDAY NIGHTS: Parent’s Night Out. Safe, reliable babysitting available for special event or dinner out. Contact the Mother’s Day Out department at 443-2401 3RD MONDAY: Senior Adults Potluck. 12 Noon in Igert Hall. Bring your favorite dish to share and join us for food, fun and fellowship. WEDNESDAY Evening Meals. $5 for adults and $3 for children. Reservations are necessary. Food served from 5:30 – 6:15 PM. Programs begin at 6:15 PM. Mother's Day Out- Children 3 months -5 years meets Tuesday and Thursdays

from 9 AM -2 PM Call 443-2401 ext. 216 for more information. Thursday Morning Bible Study: Led by Senior Pastor,Rev. Joe Beal, This group meets most Thursday mornings at 11AM Open to all.

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Counseling Services: New Directions Counseling for stress, sadness, abuse; office hours by appointment, call 270-217-2753; First Step Addiction Counseling Ministry, call 270-408-1489. Choirs available for all ages. Gospel & Chancel Choirs for adults; Gloria Choir for children grades 3-5; Melody Choir for children K-2 and Alpha Choir for children ages 3-pre K. Adult HandBells- Fellowship Ringers. Call 443-2401 ext. 205 for more information about music opportunities at Broadway UMC. Brooks Pool - 443-1778 - Brooks Pool is open to the community for Year-

Round Swimming in our indoor heated pool. Swim lessons and lifeguard certification are available. Pool Rental for private parties. Contact 443-1778. Swim lessons and Parent & Me Classes are available.Water Aerobics: MONDAY – FRIDAY 10 AM MONDAY – THURSDAY: Open Swim. 5 - 7 PM. Water Aerobics: MONDAY - THURSDAY. 5:15 PM.

Central Church of Christ – 270-442-1017

2201 Washington Street: SUNDAY: Bible Study Classes for all ages 9:30 PM, Morning worship 10:30 AM, Evening worship 6:00 PM WEDNESDAY: Bible Study classes for all ages 7:00 PM EVERY TUESDAY: Ladies' Bible Class, 1 - 2 PM 2nd and 4th TUESDAYS: "Dorcas Day" Clothing Give-Away

Christ Chapel E.M.C.

Pastor Dr. Tom Hiter. Traditional Anglican--1928 BCP. SUNDAYS 8:30 AM, "The Lighthouse" floating Chapel on Kentucky Lake (moored at Southern Komfort Marina). WEDNESDAYS 7:00 PM, Hiter Chapel in Fairdealing. Call for directions 270-354-9132.

Community Fellowship Baptist Church - 270-856-4463 Off of Hwy 45 in Hickory, Ky SUNDAY at 9:45 AM for Sunday School • Worship 11:00 AM WEDNESDAY Night Service 6:30 PM • Sunday Night Small Groups 6:00 PM

Concord United Methodist Church - (church) 443-2629 www.concordpad.com

SUNDAY - Worship Times - 8:15 AM, 10:30 AM & 6 PM; Coffee/Donuts/ Fellowship – 9 AM. Sunday School - 9:30 AM Tuesday - 6:30 PM - WISE Bible Study for women WEDNESDAY Fellowship Meal- 5:15 PM (call to make reservations); B.L.A.S.T. for Kids, Youth Meeting & Adult Bible Study 6 PM THURSDAY- Men's Prayer Breakfast – 8 AM The Prayer Room is open to the public Monday - Friday 9 AM -


4 PM • Plus Homemakers, Scouts, Blood Drives and other Occasional Events. Child care is Provided in the Nursery during Sunday Morning Services SPECIAL HOLIDAY SERVICES: Christmas Eve Family Time Communion Service, 5:30 PM; Christmas Eve Traditional Candlelight Service, 11 PM. SUNDAY -CHRISTMAS DAY, Worship as usual; no Sunday School for children/youth; adult Sunday school classes are at their own discretion. Sunday - New Year’s Day, regular worship hours; Sunday School at 9:30 AM. Women’s "Shop Till You Drop", DECEMBER 3RD from 8am till noon. For more, 270-443-4384.

Worship 6 PM.

WEDNESDAY: Evening meal - 5:15 PM, Youth - 5:30 PM, Bible Study - 6PM, Adult Choir - 7PM.

Hillcrest Baptist Church - 270-217-2796

SUNDAY: Sunday School 9 AM, Services 10 AM and 5 PM. Mothers Day Out: WEDNESDAY 9am - 2:30 PM. Hillcrest Preschool, MONDAY - FRIDAY

Concord West Church of Christ-270-744-8440

House of Hope Ministries, 270-933-1069 www.hohmin.org, Pastor Michael Pryor

First Baptist Church, Paducah - 442-2728 www.fbcpaducah.org

Immanuel Baptist Church - 443-5306 www.immanuel-paducah.org

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - Benton www.fccdcbentonky.org 527-8560 - 2515 S Main Street

Jesus Christ Little House of Prayer - 898-9875

4715 Mayfield Metropolis Road SUNDAY Bible Study 9:00am, Worship 10:00am, Evening Worship 6:00 PM WEDNESDAY Bible Study 7:00 PM

SUNDAY: Early Morning Service, 8:30 AM; Bible Study, 9:50 AM; Late Morning Service, 11 AM WEDNESDAY: Prayer Meeting, 6 PM; Adult Choir Rehearsal, 7 PM.

Facebook: First Christian Church Disciples of Christ Benton Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/RevTim1000?feature=mhee SUNDAY: Church school 9:45 AM, Worship: 10:45 AM WEDNESDAY: Youth night 5:30-7 PM MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY: Men's exercise group: 9-10 AM

First Presbyterian Church - 442-3545

SUNDAY - 9:30 – 10:15 AM, Purpose Driven Life Class and Sunday School; 11 AM, Worship Service WEDNESDAY – 6:30 – 7:15 PM, Midweek Fill-up Service

SUNDAY: Worship Services-10:45 AM. Sunday School, 9:30 AM with classes for all ages. SUNDAY: Morning Worship 10 AM. Evening Worship 6 PM. THURSDAY: Evening Service. 6:30 PM.

Living Word Pentecostal Church - 575-3477

SUNDAY: Morning Sunday School/Worshi- 10 AM. Evening Worship - 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Bible Study - 7 PM Bus Ministry: 270-564-5706 or 270-210-9086

Lone Oak Church of Christ - 554-2511 www.loneoakchurchofchrist.com

SUNDAY: Church School 9:30 AM; Worship 10:45 AM; Youth Choir (6TH - 12TH grades), 4:30 PM, Youth Group 5:30 - 7 PM, Handbells, 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Children's Choir & activities 4 - 5:45 PM; Adult Choir 7 PM

SUNDAY: Worship 9 AM, Sunday School 15 minutes after end of worship, Evening Service 6 PM. WEDNESDAY: Bible Study 7 PM

Fountain Avenue United Methodist - 443-1724

Lone Oak First Baptist Church – 554-1441 www.loneoakfbc.org

SUNDAY: Fellowship, 9 AM; Sunday School for all ages, 9:45 AM; Worship and Children’s Church (ages 4-9), 10:45 AM. Communion service first Sunday of each month. Nursery provided for birth - age 3. MONDAY/THURSDAY: Quilting Group, 9:30 AM WEDNESDAY: Church Dinner, 5:30 PM ($5/ call for reservation by Tuesday Noon); Program and youth activities, 6 PM; Choir, 6:30 PM. SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY, "Revelation Is Not the End of the World." 4 PM DECEMBER 4: Kantorei Christmas Concert. 2:30 PM. DECEMBER 18: Christmas Cantata 10:45 AM

SUNDAY: Adult Sunday School, 7:30 AM; Morning Worship – 8:30 AM, 9:35 AM, & 11 AM; Sunday School – 8:30 AM & 9:45 AM; Evening Worship – 7 PM

WEDNESDAY: Children’s Mission Groups & Preteen Group– 5:45 PM; Youth– 6PM; Children’s Choirs & Prayer Meeting– 6:30 Rehearsal – 7:15 PM

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Four Rivers Covenant Church – 270-444-6598 or 1-866733-7245 Paducah Campus: 1200 Broadway • Lakes Campus: 109 Main Street, Calvert City SUNDAY: Worship- 9:30 & 11:00am

Friendship Baptist Church of Paducah - 534-1900

SATURDAY: Celebration Service, 10:30 AM and 5 PM TUESDAY: Celebration Service, 7 PM • THURSDAY: Corporate Prayer, 8:45AM

Grace Bible Church - 554-0808

SUNDAY: Celebration Service, 9:45 AM - Potluck following Sunday services. WEDNESDAY: Service, 6:30 PM

Harmony Baptist Church – 270-488-3115 9215 Ogden Landing Road • harmonypastor@gmail.com - Find us on Facebook! SUNDAY: 10 AM, Sunday School; 11 AM Morning Worship, Children's Church; 5:30 PM AWANA; 6 PM Evening Worship WEDNESDAY: 7 PM Prayer and Praise, Bible Buddies

Heartland Worship Center - 534-1400

SUNDAY: Sunday School - . 8, 9:15, 10:45 AM; Sunday Services – 9:30, 10:45 AM & 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Evening Service – 6 PM; Children’s activities - 6:15 PM; Middle/High School, 6-8 PM.; DivorceCare, 6:30 PM. The Landing: FRIDAYS at 6:45 PM. a year-long program that helps teenagers struggling with hurts, hang-ups and habits travel the path to freedom, healing and wholeness. FREE. Dinner served at 6:15 PM for $3.

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Mt. Zion Baptist Church - 554-0518 www.mtzionpaducah.org

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SUNDAY: Sunday school, 9 AM; Worship, 10 AM & 6:30 PM WEDNESDAY: Prayer Meeting & Bible Study, 6:30 PM.

New Covenant Fellowship of Reidland – 898-9664

Lone Oak United Methodist Church - 270-554-1272 www.loneoakumc.org

SUNDAY: Worship Service 10:30 AM

SUNDAY: Sunday School: 9 AM, Worship 10:15 AM, Youth Group 5 PM WEDNESDAY: Church Dinner 5:30 PM, Bible Study 6 PM, Bell Choir 6 PM, Chancel

SUNDAY: 10 AM worship; 11:30 AM intergenerational Bible Study; meal following TUESDAY: Women's ministry 7 PM THURSDAY: Men's ministry 5:30 PM and 6:45 PM TUESDAY – FRIDAY: Biblical counseling available by appointment

Choir 7 PM

Lutheran Church of the Cross - 618-524-4628 2601 North Avenue, Metropolis, IL 62960 SUNDAY SCHEDULE: Sunday School - 9

AM,

Worship Service 10

New Geneva Community Church--Paducah – 443-8866 www.ngccarp.org

AM.

(Holy

Communion 1st and 3rd Sundays)

Margaret Hank Memorial Cumberland Presbyterian Church - 443-3689 www.margarethank.org

New Harvest Church of God www.newharvestchurchpaducah.com

SUNDAY: Morning Worship and Children's Church (Age 11 & under), 10:30 AM; Evening Camp Meeting, 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Bible Study, 7PM

SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9:30 AM; Worship, 10:30 AM; Evening service, 6 PM

For Youth Information: The River Youth Ministries. Contact Melanie Rogers, (270) 978-1761 or email: melattheriver@yahoo.com

McKendree United Methodist Church - 488-3770 or 488-2444. SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9 AM Worship, 10:30 AM Youth and

New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church- 554-0473 www.newhopecpchurch.org

Children Activities, 4:30 PM Evening Worship, 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Bible Study, 6:30 PM EVERY 3RD SATURDAY, Senior Citizens Social Dinner - 4:30 to 6 PM. Clothes Closet: Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 AM - 3 PM.; Saturday: 9 AM Noon. Most items 25 cents to $1.

Milburn Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian - 488-2588

SUNDAY: Donuts & Coffee,9 AM.;Sunday School,9:30 AM.;Morning Worship,10:30 AM.; Evening, 6 PM. • WEDNESDAY: Evening meal, 5:30 PM.; Bible Study (all ages), 6:15 PM

Mt. Sterling Cumberland Presbyterian Church - 618-5642616

SUNDAY: Sunday school 10 AM, Worship 11 AM, Evening worship 6 PM, Youth group 6 PM. WEDNESDAY: Bible study 6:30 PM, Junior youth group 6:30 PM Contact:Bro. David LeNeave, contact@mscpchurch.com

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newhopecpchurch@hotmail.com • Pastor: Jeff Biggs Youth Pastor: Drew Gray Sunday School 9:30 AM Worship 10:30 a.m., Sunday Evening Youth & Worship 6:00 p.m., Wednesday Evening Youth & KFC (KIDS FOR CHRIST) 6:00 PM Adult Prayer Meeting 7:00 PM Monday Night Females- 2ND MONDAY OF THE

MONTH

Oaklawn Baptist Church – 442-1513 www.oaklawnbaptistky.org

SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9:45 AM; Worship 11 AM & 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Bible Study 7 PM; God's Children 7 PM

Olivet Baptist Church - 442-3267 email: office@obcpaducah.org

SUNDAY: 9 am - Sunday School; 10 am - Morning Worship, Kids Worship Time (ages 3 to K); 5:45 pm – Awana For Kids (ages 2 to 6th grade); 6:00 pm


– Evening Worship; WEDNESDAY: 6:30 pm – Bible Studies for ages 2 through Adult

Open Door Baptist Church - 443-6522 www.theopendoorbaptistchurch.com 227 Farley Place, Paducah, KY 42003 Pastor - Bob Kelley, bkelley@vci.net SUNDAY: Sunday School, 10 AM, Morning Worship and Children's Church 11 AM, SUNDAY EVENING 6 PM; WEDNESDAY: Teaching Time for Adults and Patch the Pirate Club for Children 7 PM; FRIDAYS: Reformers Unanimous, a group that will help you overcome addictions, 7 - 9 PM. Clothes Closet open 3RD WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH. FRIDAYS: RUI, Addiction Recovery Program. 7 PM. If you need a ride or more information, call the church office.

Palestine Methodist Church Bible School - 270-559-1233 Ogden Landing Road, West Paducah, KY Pleasant Grove Baptist Church – 422-1000 1110 N. 14th Street, Paducah

WEDNESDAY: 10 AM - 3 PM Mission Room Open; 4:30 - 6 PM Evening Meal; 6:30 - 8 PM AWANA (2 - 6th grade), The Light (7th - 12th grade); 6:45 PM Adult Bible Classes

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church - 442-1923 www.stfrancisdesalespaducah.org - Mass Schedule: MONDAY –FRIDAY: 12:05 PM SATURDAY: 5 PM; SUNDAY: 8:30 & 11 AM and 5 PM

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church – 554-3810. www.stjohn-theevangelist.org Mass Schedule: TUESDAY – SATURDAY: 7:30 AM

SATURDAY: 5 PM; Sunday: 7:30 AM & 9 AM

St. Matthew Lutheran Church – 442-8294 SUNDAY: 9:30 AM, Worship

St. Paul Lutheran Church - 442-8343

SUNDAY: Worship, 8 & 10:45 AM; Bible study & Sunday School, 9:30 AM

SUNDAY: Explorer Hour: 9:30 AM; Worship 11am, 1st Sunday: Lord Supper 6pm, 1ST & 3RD MONDAY: Women’s Fellowship 6 PM, 3RD MONDAY: Brotherhood 6 PM, WEDNESDAY: Prayer/Bible Study 6 PM, 1ST WEDNESDAY: Youth Bible Study 6 PM

The Potter's House Baptist Worship Center -270-928-9905 www.pottershousebwc.com SUNDAY: Bible Study, 9:30 AM; Worship 10:45 AM; Sunday evening 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Small groups for adults and children, 7 PM Nursery Service provided for all services.

Reidland Baptist Church – 898-6243 rbaptist@bellsouth.net • www.reidlandbaptistchurch.org

SUNDAY: 9:00AM Sunday School (classes for all ages), Morning Worship Service 10:10am-11:30 AM; Children's Church (ages 4 to 3rd grade); 5:30 - 7 PM. Choir practice, Youth and children's programs and recreation; 6 - 7 PM Adult Bible Study. WEDNESDAY: 5-5:45 Evening Meal; 6-7: 45 PM, TeamKID: Ages 3 – 6th Grade; Youth Group; 6-7:45 PM, Nursery provided for all services and Sunday school. Adult Life University Classes; Prayer Service: 6:30 - 7:45 PM. TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS: 9:30 AM – 2 PM, Mother’s Day Out Program. Ages 1-4.

The Lutheran Hour, Christian outreach radio program can be heard locally on WNGO 1320-AM and WKYX 570-AM each Sunday at 6PM Sponsored by St. Paul Lutheran Church.

St. Pius X Catholic Church, Calvert City – 270-395-4727 www.stpiusx.us Pastor: Father Anthoni Ottagan Mass Times: TUES: 6 PM. WED – FRI: 8 AM. SAT: 4:30 PM. SUN: 10 AM.

St. Thomas More Catholic Church - 534-9000 www.stmore.org

Mass Schedule: MONDAY & THURSDAY: 6 PM • TUESDAY & FRIDAY: 7 AM

SATURDAY: 5:30 PM • SUNDAY: 9 & 11 AM (3 PM En Español) Nursery available at all services. • WEDNESDAY: Mother’s Day Out • THURSDAY: Moms Group Playgroup 4TH MONDAY EVENING: Active MOMS group Active couples group. Call 534-9000 for more information.

Temple Israel - 442-4104 www.templeisrael.us

FRIDAY: Lay-led Services: 5:30PM; Rabbi-led Services: 7PM

Reidland Christian Church – 898-3904 www.reidlandchristian.org

SUNDAY: 9:30 AM Sunday school; 10:30 AM Worship; 6 PM Bible study WEDNESDAY: 6 PM Family Meal; 7 PM Bible study for children/adults .

Reidland Seventh Day Adventist Church - 270-898-3010 5320 KY Dam Road, Paducah, KY 42003

SATURDAY: Sabbath School, 9:30 AM; Worship Service, 11 AM. A FREE delicious vegetarian fellowship meal is served 1st Sabbath of each month following worship service. WEDNESDAY: Prayer Meeting, 6:30 PM.

Reidland United Methodist Faithweaver Friends, preschool - 6th grade. Wednesdays: 5:15 - 7:30 PM. Free dinner & fun, interactive bible discussions for kids. For more, call 270-2170400.

Rosary Chapel Catholic Church - 444-6383 Rosary@bellsouth.net

Mass Schedule: TUESDAY AND FRIDAY, 5:30 PM; SUNDAY, 10:30 AM 2nd Friday Fish Fry. 711 Ohio Street. Fish, Spaghetti, beans, slaw, drink, and one dessert for a $10 donation to Rosary Chapel. Serve from 4:30-6:30 PM. Carry outs are available.

Spring Bayou Baptist Church- Kevil- 462-3014 www.springbayou.com

SUNDAY: Sunday School - 9:45 AM; Morning Worship & WeeWorship - 10:45 AM; Awana Program - 5 PM; Evening Worship - 6 PM • WEDNESDAY EVENING, 7 PM.

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Grand Rivers, KY 270-362-2171, http://stpiusx.us • Pastor Father Anthoni Ottagan Mass Times: WEDNESDAY 9 AM, FRIDAY at 9 AM, SUNDAY 8 AM

Southland Baptist Temple - 270-444-9678 www.southlandbaptisttemple.com

SUNDAY: 7 - 9 AM Topper's Gospel Show (WKYQ); 9:45 AM Sunday School; 10:45 AM

Worship Service, KidzAlive (3 - 5th grade); 6

PM

Evening Service,

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eventsccalendar Trinity United Methodist Church - 534-9516 www.trinitypaducah.com

SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9:30am;Worship 10:30am;Youth BLAST & The Hub, 4-6PM (meets 2x/month);Children's Choir, 5:15-6PM TUESDAY:Women's Bible Study 9-11am & 5:30-8PM WEDNESDAY: Awana (2yr old-5th grade), 57PM;Wired Wednesdays (6th-12th grade), 5:30-7PM;Choir, 6-7PM THURSDAY: Men's Small Group, 6am, IHOP, Paducah SATURDAY:United Methodist Men 2nd Saturday, 8-9am, Little Castle, Lone Oak

Twelve Oaks Baptist Church - 554-4634

SUNDAY: Sunday School: 9 AM Worship. 10 AM and 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Awana: 5:30 - 7 PM, Mid-Week Service 6 PM.

United Central Presbyterian Church – 442-6414

www.unitedcentralpres.org info@unitedcentralpres.org Sunday School 9:45 AM, Sunday Worship 10:45 AM, Nursery provided, service ASL interpreted.

United Church of Paducah – 442-3722. www.uccpaducah.org

SUNDAY: Worship celebration–10 AM; Coffee and refreshments–11- 11:20AM; Christian Education until noon.

Waldo Baptist Church - 618-564-2180 waldobaptist.org

SUNDAY: Bible Study, 9 AM; Morning Worship Service, 10 AM; Evening Worship Service, 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Fellowship Meal Ministry, 5:30 PM; Mid-Week Service, 7 PM

West End Baptist Church - 443-1043

SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9:30 AM; Worship Service, 10:45 AM; Evening Worship, 6 PM. WEDNESDAY: Fellowship Meal 5:30 PM - Reservations required. Call church office by noon Tuesday. Children/Youth Bible Study and Adult Prayer Service: 6:30 PM

Westminster Presbyterian Church - 443-2919

Rev.Sharon Murray -www.westminsterpresbyterianpaducah.org SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9 AM; Worship, 10:15 AM Free childcare available; Women's Circle Bible Study, 2ND MONDAY OF THE MONTH at 6:30 PM.

On-Going Community Events & Notices: THROUGH DECEMBER: Downtown Farmer’s Market. Open Monday – Saturday, 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM.The best source for fresh, locally grown produce. Twenty vendors line the market with fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, wine and other seasonal items in an open-air pavilion by the riverfront. www.paducahalliance.org Doll Adoption Center at Learning Railroad. Kids fall in love with their own baby doll and go through an adoption process and check up. Open Monday Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM. 2695 Jackson Street. For more, call 270-444-9986 or visit www.thelearningrailroad.com.

MONDAY - SUNDAY: Nemo Feedings. Yaya's Island, Jordan Crossing Plaza. 1 PM. 270-408-9292. Weekly special on cruises and all-inclusive trips with air from Fun Vacations Plus. Call 270-408-1284 or visit them on the web at www.funvacationsplus.com.

MONDAY - SATURDAY. GPS Recycle Now Collections.Recycling facility,1830 N 8 Street. Closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal hours on Saturday the 26th (8:00am-12:00pm. For the Christmas Holiday we will open Christmas eve from 8:00am-12:00pm but we will be closed Monday the 26th. Normal hours will resume again on Tuesday (7:00am-2:30pm) For the New Year's Holiday we will open New Year's eve from 8:00am-12:00pm but we will be closed Monday the 2th. Normal hours will resume again on Tuesday (7:00am-2:30pm)..For a listing of what you can bring,visit www.recyclenowpaducah.com.Volunteers welcome. A group for those in the Paducah area wanting to get involved in recycling. For questions,email recyclenow.info@gmail.com. THROUGH DECEMBER 23: ‘Tis the Season. Golden Pond Planetarium, LBL.

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Wednesday – Sunday, 10 AM.. 1 PM, & 3 PM. $2 kids, $4 adults. www.lbl.org

Friday, 11 AM - 1 PM.FREE meals served.For more, call Grace Forte at 270-205-0223.

THROUGH DECEMBER 23: Christmas Story. Golden Pond Planetarium, LBL. Wednesday – Sunday, 12 PM and 2 PM. $2 kids, $4 adults. www.lbl.org

Paducah Cooperative Ministry. 402 Legion Drive. Provides emergency food pantry assistance, financial assistance for rent evictions, utility disconnections, prescription medications, and stranded traveler needs. Limited to McCracken County residents. Open Monday – Friday, 9 AM – noon and 1 – 4 PM. Call 270-442-6795.

Kentucky Grandparentswho are primary caregivers may be eligible for state assistance. Call the Purchase Area DeveloPMent District for more information at 877-352-5183. Feeding the Hungry - Community Ministries, 1200 Jefferson Street.Volunteers (age 14 and older) are always needed to help serve free lunches to anyone who's hungry. Shifts available from 9:45 AM - 1:15 PM, Monday - Friday. Financial support also much welcomed! For more info, call Sally Michelson, 519-9233. Civil Air Patrol - National Guard Armory, 8000 Hinkleville Road, , Tuesdays, 6 8:30 PM. Offering lessons in aviation and aerospace principles, along with teamwork and leadership training. Members often participate in rescue and disaster relief missions. $34 per year for youth; $61 for adults. For more info, call 270-3311750 or email kycap201@calldialog.net. FREE GED Classes.WKCTC, 8:00 AM -4:30 PM at Anderson Technical Building & 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at KY Oaks Mall. To register, call 270-534-3451.Fridays through June 20: Take a FREE official practice test at the Anderson Technical Building. Tests start at 8:30 AM.You can also take the GED FREE. Call to schedule a time. FREE GED CLASSES - Livingston County Adult and Family Learning Center 306 Wilson Ave. Smithland, KY Also offering free computer classes, math classes, reading classes, and ESL. For more info call 928-2168 Let's Beautify LaCenter Association: Meets the 1st Thursday of every month at 7 PM at the Ballard County Extension Office on Broadway in LaCenter.LBL is a non-profit charitable organization established for the betterment of the community and county. Refreshments are served and anyone interested in participating in community improvements is welcome.For more information please contact Glyn or Judy Webb 270-665-5630. Maiden Alley Cinema plays unique movies you won't see anywhere else in the region! They also host special events and art shows. Go online to maidenalleycinema.com for what's playing this week. Marcella's Kitchen. Draffenville Lions Club, 262 Griggstown Road. Open: Monday -

The Christian Art Center,a member of Christians in the Visual Arts (www.civa.org) invites you to volunteer to "Serve God Through the Arts".Extra help needed on the Second Saturday of each month for special events. No art experience needed. Contact Gretchen Smith, (270) 243-0444 or tallartist@hotmail.com St. Nicholas Free Family Clinic desperately needs pharmacists to fill prescriptions in the evenings. For information, email Anita Spurlock at anitasplk@bellsouth.net or call 575-3247. Bluegrass Downs - Harness Racetrack and Simulcast Outlet - Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 10 PM; Sunday close at 7:30 PM, Concessions and Bar open daily. (270) 444-7117 Cat, dog, and small animal adoptions, All God’s Creatures Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Adoption Center, 595 Richmond Rd, Simpson IL, 1-618-9679601 or 1-618-695-2654. Cat, dog adoptions, Project Hope “No Kill” Humane Society, 1698 W 10th St, Metropolis IL, 1-618-524-8939.

EVERY BUSINESS DAY: Cat Adoptions, from various humane societies, Pet Adoption Center at PetsMart, (270) 575-9300

FIRST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH: Cans for the Cross, aluminum can will be collected at the corner of the Ballard County Courthouse at 10 AM. H.O.R.S.E.S., INC. Informational "roundtable" meetings. Learn about our program, enroll a rider, become a volunteer, help with upcoming events and fundraisers, be a guest speaker. Contact Debbie for further information 270-2520466 or expo@horsesinc.org, please visit our website www.horsesinc.org.

SECOND MONDAYS: American Disaster Action Team (DAT) monthly meetings. 6:30 PM. Chapter building. 442-3575.

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MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY: Workforce Computer Classes. McCracken

eventsccalendar SECOND MONDAY OF THE MONTH: KNITTING CLUB. McCracken County Extension Office. Members meet to share techniques and ideas and enjoy each others company. For more, call 270-554-9520.

THIRD MONDAY OF EACH MONTH - Book Club. Downtown Coffee Bar, 426 Broadway. 10am. Everyone is welcome to join our book club to discuss the book of the month. Call to find out what we're reading, 270-444-0044

SECOND THURSDAYS OF THE MONTH: Matters of Life Forum. Jackson Oaks Independent Living Center, 2500 Marshall Avenue 10:30 AM – Noon. We will discuss many topics such as ethical wills, passing on important values and bereavement support. For more, contact nancy.wallace@uky.edu

FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH. L.I.F.E. Community Marriage Enrichment. 6 – 7 PM. Married couples are invited to these sessions to discuss issues that hinder marriage and how to overcome them. FREE. Contact 575-3823. MONDAY - SUNDAY: Nemo Feedings. Yaya's Island, Jordan Crossing Plaza. 1 PM. 270-408-9292. SUNDAYS: Family and Community Kitchen Meals/Fellowship. Noon - 1:00 PM at Broadway UMC (443-2401). 3 - 4:30 PM at St. Luke Aldersgate UMC (4428621). Free meal. No questions asked. MONDAY: River City Singles – Monday Evening Dance, Carroll Convention Center, 7–11 PM. $6. MONDAYS: Introduction to Social Ballroom Dancing. Paducah Dance Academy. 6 PM. WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS: Workforce Computer Classes. . McCracken County Public Library Teen Tech Lab.Wednesdays 1 PM..“1 on 1 at 1”Basic Computing Class. Fridays 3 PM, Job Search and Resume. For more, call 270-442-2510.

County Public Library Teen Tech Lab. 1 PM. Monday is "Basic Computing,” Wednesday is “Building a Resume,” Friday is “Searching for a Job Online.” For more, call 270-442-2510. TUESDAYS: Two for One Studio Fee. The Clay Chameleon, 4793 Village Square Drive. 10 AM - 7 PM For more, call 270-442-1112. www.claychameleon.com. Come paint with a friend. TUESDAYS: Science Night. McAlister's Deli, 5021 Hinkleville Road.For more information, visit www.hookedonscience.org TUESDAYS: WKCTC Community Chorus. Clemens Fine Arts Building, Room 109 on the campus. 7 - 9 PM. Participation is FREE and anyone who loves choral singing is welcome to join. Contact Norman Wurgler at 270-534-3219. or by email at norman.wurgler@kctcs.edu. WEDNESDAYS: Knitting, Crochet, and More.Downtown Coffee Bar, 426 Broadway. 2 PM. Join the crew with your latest knitting, crocheting or other project. 444-0044. WEDNESDAYS AND SUNDAYS: Shark Feeding. Yaya's Island, Jordan Crossing Plaza. 1:30 PM. For more, call 270-408-9292. THURSDAYS: Story Hour. Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis Street. 11 AM. For more, call 618-524-4312. THURSDAY NIGHTS AT 6PM Spring Hill Singles Ministry - Offering adult singles bible study at Ledbetter UMC.Join us for fun fellowship while learning about real issues that singles face.Childcare provided,and single parents are welcome.Our singles Bible study will start Thursday, 1-5-2012.For the most updated information, like us on Facebook as Spring Hill Ministries Paducah.You can also email springhillministries@hotmail.com. THURSDAYS: Charitable Bingo. Ballard County Board of Education, 264 E Kentucky Drive, Barlow, KY. For more information, call 270-665-9844. THURSDAYS: Board Games at the Library. Second floor, Youth Services at McCracken County Public Library. 5 - 8 PM. FREE. Socialize with other youth and teens. Come play a board game. Call 270-442-2510, ext. 122. THURSDAY: Night Moves Dance Club –American Legion, 425 Legion Drive. 6 - 9 PM, line dancing and couple's classes. $4 at the door. For more, call 442-3186.

FRIDAYS: Paducah Writer's Group. Hear some of the area's most talented poets and storytellers, along with a great audience. Come on down and drop some science on the mic – or just kick back and listen with a fine cup of joe. Etcetera Coffeehouse. 8 PM. FRIDAYS: Adult Ballroom Dance Party. 8 – 10 PM. $7 cover charge. Drinks & refreshments included. Open to the public. Ruth Johnson School of Dance, 1702 Broadway. Call 442-8321 LAST WEEKDAYS OF EACH MONTH: PATS Free Ride. Paducah Area Transit System invites us to ride free on any fixed route (nine in total) . 6 AM – 6 PM. Regular fare $.75, $.50 for 55 and over. paducahtransit.com.

SATURDAYS: Family Movie Entertainment. Traders Mall, theatre. 2 PM matinee, 7 PM evening show. Concessions available, games before the show. For more, call Michael Vancura at 270-994-3686.

Kids & Their Families: School Notes:

FRIDAY MORNINGS MONTHLY: Toddler Time (for 2 and 3 year olds) is an opportunity for Graves County children to begin to become familiar with school so that when the time comes, the transition is very natural. Children are able to explore, play with new toys and meet other children. We include in our sessions times of singing, playing, arts, crafts, coloring, and snack time. While the toddlers are having fun mom, dad, grandparents, aunts, and uncles are learning creative ways to actively engage with their children. For more information, contact Jennifer Morris, 270-328-4868.

Winter Break School Closings: McCracken County Schools DECEMBER 19 – JANUARY 2 Ballard County Schools DECEMBER 19 – JANUARY 2 Marshall County Schools DECEMBER 19 – DECEMBER 30 Murray, Kentucky Schools DECEMBER 21 – DECEMBER 30 Calloway County Schools DECEMBER 21 – DECEMBER 30 Graves County Schools DECEMBER 21 – JANUARY 2 Mayfield Schools DECEMBER 21 – JANUARY 3 Paducah schools DECEMBER 19 – DECEMBER 30

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Camps, Classes & Education

MONDAY - THURSDAY: Multiple Class in Yoga and Pilates covering stretching, strength training, toning, and more . Call 444-8508 for more.

Paducah Parks Services offers classes for children, teens, and adults. Classes include art lessons, martial arts, soccer, and dance. For details, call 270-444-8508 or visit paducahky.gov

TUESDAYS: Tot Soccer (for ages 2 and a half - 4). Paducah Regional Sportsplex.

THROUGH JANUARY 13: Pre-Employment Training Program. All training will

TUESDAYS: PAWS (soccer for ages 4 - 8). Paducah Regional Sportsplex.6 PM.Get

be held at Webasto Roof Systems, Inc., 3500 US Highway 641 N. in Murray. Class space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. Call 270-534-3846.

DECEMBER 1: Crohn’s and Colitis Support Group. Lourdes Hospital Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Rosenthal Room. 7 -8:30 PM. To register, call 646-623-2620.

5:15 PM. For more, visit www.plexsports.net. some great coaching and play a few games. For more, visit www.plexsports.net.

WEDNESDAYS: Musical Fingers. (Classes for all children 4 and under.) Meet at Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 5:30 PM. For more information, contact Lyz Hornbeak at 575-1858, 331-2987 or at philelz@att.net. www.themusicclass.com

DECEMBER 1: Lourdes Little Miracles Infant Care Class. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion Rosenthal Room. 6 PM. For more info, call 270-444-2243.

WEDNESDAYS: Life-Drawing Classes. The Yeiser Art Center. 6 PM. Must be 18

DECEMBER 1 AND 8 (THURSDAYS) AND DECEMBER 10 (SATURDAY):

FRIDAYS: Family Education on Mental Illness. Western Baptist Hospital.7 - 9:30

Prepared Childbirth Class. Doctors Office Building 2 Meeting Room A, Western Baptist Hospital. 5 – 8 PM, Thursday; 9 AM – 3 PM, Saturday. FREE to expectant parents in their second or third trimester. Call 270-575-2229 to register.

DECEMBER 5: Stroke & Brain Injury Survivors Group. Jackson Purchase Medical Center, 2nd Floor Conference Room. 11 AM – 12 PM. To register, call 270251-4121.

DECEMBER 5, 12 AND 19, MONDAYS: Lourdes Little Miracles Childbirth Class. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Medical Pavilion Borders Community Room. Call 270-444-2243 for more.

DECEMBER 6, 13, 20, 27, TUESDAYS: Ashes, Smoking Cessation Class. Lourdes Hospital Classroom 4. For more information, call 270-444-2808.

DECEMBER 6: Relaxing from Within:Western Baptist Hospital Doctors Office Building 2 Atrium Classroom.5 – 6:30 PM.FREE class for expectant mothers.Participants are asked to bring a blanket,a pillow and a support person.For more,call 270-575-2229.

DECEMBER 7 AND 14 (WEDNESDAYS) : Small Beginnings Childbirth Class. Atrium Classroom,Doctors Office Building 2,Atrium Classroom,Western Baptist Hospital. 4 to 6 PM. FREE class designed for pregnant teens or the non-traditional family unit to help them learn about the labor and delivery process. Call 270-575-2229 to register.

years old or older, bring your own supplies. For more, call 270-442-2453. PM.

Strategies to cope with the distress of mental illness in a loved one. AND how to take care of yourself during this hard time. For more, call Marcia or Paul Grant at 270-554-1915.

On-Going Dance, Fitness & Sports: MONDAY: Zumba Gold! Washington Street Baptist Church, 721 Washington Street. 4 – 4:45 PM. $2 per session. Seniors and beginners welcome. Visit www.zumba.com for more.

MONDAY: Clogging Class. Robert Cherry Civic Center. 6 PM. $5 per session. For more, call 270-444-8508.

MONDAY-FRIDAY: Crack of Dawn Bicycle Rides. 6 AM. Meet at Family Video beside Paducah Middle School, when pavement is dry and temperature is 40+ degrees. Pace set by who shows. For information, contact Torey or Hutch at Bike World, 270-442-0751 or email hutch@bikeworldky.com. MONDAY: Strength and Cardio Circuit Training. Curves, 3420 Park Avenue. Call 270-575-3800 for more. www.curves.com Silver Sneakers can Workout for FREE.

DECEMBER 8: Lourdes Little Miracles Breastfeeding Class. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion Rosenthal Room. 6 PM. For more information, call 270-444-2243.

DECEMBER 9: Now and Beyond – Widowed Support Group. Lourdes Hospital Borders Community Room. 6 PM. Fore more information, call 270-534-4200. DECEMBER 10 (SATURDAY) AND DECEMBER 19 (MONDAY): Breastfeeding Class.Western Baptist Doctors Office Building 2 Atrium Classroom.9 – 11 AM (Saturday); 5 – 7 PM (Monday).FREE for expectant mothers.Call 270-575-2229 to register. DECEMBER 12: Sibling Class. Western Baptist Hospital Doctors Office Building 2 Atrium Classroom. 5 – 6 PM. FREE class to help children age 2 – 9 prepare for the arrival of a sibling. Call 270-575-2229 to register.

DECEMBER 12, MONDAY)AND DECEMBER 14,WEDNESDAY : Diabetes Class. Western Baptist Hospital Doctors Office Building 2 Atrium Classroom. 1 – 4 PM (both days).FREE.Class features a certified diabetes instructor.Call 270-575-2918 to sign up.

DECEMBER 15: Lourdes Little Miracles Sibling Class. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Medical Pavilion Rosenthal Room. 6 PM. Call 270-444-2243 for more. DECEMBER 15: Kidney Options EducationClass. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Borders Community Room. 2-4 PM. For more, 270-443-0217. MONDAYS: Diabetes Group Sessions. Jackson Purchase Medical Center. 9 AM – noon. Registration required. FREE. Call 270-251-4580 or 1-877-554-JPMC. MONDAYS: Preschool Playdate. Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 11 AM - 1 PM. Come play on inflatables, on the soccer field, even bring your tricycle to ride on our basketball court! Concessions open. Find out more at www.plexsports.net MONDAYS: Musical Fingers. (Classes for all children 4 and under.) Meet at Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 10 AM. For more information, contact Lyz Hornbeak at 575-1858, 331-2987 or at philelz@att.net. www.themusicclass.com

MONDAY AND TUESDAY: Aikido. Paducah Parks. For more or to sign up, call 444-8508.

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eventsccalendar MONDAY – THURSDAY. Walking Club. Meet at Picnic Shelter 10 in Noble Park. M, W, 5 – 6 PM. Tu, Th, 12 – 1 PM. FREE.

MONDAY – FRIDAY, DURING FOOTBALL SEASON. Sports Medicine Clinic. The Orthopedic Institute of Western Kentucky, 2605 Kentucky Avenue, Suite 103. 8 AM, or by appointment. FREE. Call 270-442-9461 for appointments.

MONDAY – FRIDAY: Afterschool Martial Arts Sessions. Hwang’s Martial Arts.

MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS: Tiger Jiu-Jitsu (ages 5 - 9). Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy, 2343 New Holt Road. 5 - 5:50 PM. For more, email trmaa@bellsouth.net or call 270-554-4885. www.threeriversacademy.com. MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS: Junior Jiu-Jitsu (ages 10 - 14). Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy, 2343 New Holt Road. 6 -6:50 PM. For more, email trmaa@bellsouth.net or call 270-554-4885. www.threeriversacademy.com.

TUESDAYS: Family Night. Kingway Skateland. 6:30-9PM. $4 each. Skates: Quad, $1, Speed/Inline $3.

School dismissal – 5:30 PM. During the school year. 554-6667 or email hwangsmartialart@bellsouth.net www.hwangs-martialarts.com

TUESDAYS: Family Track Run Practice. Meet at Noble Park Picnic Shelter #10. 6

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY: Jazzercise Classes. 33420 Lone Oak Road, Arch

TUESDAY: Youth Running Club. Picnic Shelter #10 at Noble Park. FREE. Ages 5-15. 6-7 PM. 444-8508.

Towers - Suite L. 5:15 PM. Everyone welcome! For more, call 270-210-1044.

MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS: Karate Kidz Prep Beginners (Ages 7-8), Future Kidz Beginners (Ages 5-6), Future Kidz Intermediates (Ages 5-6), Future Kidz Advanced (Ages 5-6), Karate Kidz Beginners (Ages 9-12), Dynamic Tae Kwon Do Beginners (Ages 13+), Black Belt Class, TurboKick Fitness (Ages 16+) 7PM. Hwang's Martial Arts. Call 554-6667 for enrollment information or email hwangsmartialart@bellsouth.net. www.hwang-martialarts.com

MONDAY & THURSDAY: Gentle Bends Yoga. 4600 Buckner Lane - United Church of Paducah. 4-5PMYoga for beginners, those who want to brush on their poses and have restrictions. Contact Carolyn @ 554-4466 or carolyn@truenorthyoga.com

- 7 PM. FREE. For more, call 270-444-8508.

TUESDAY & THURSDAY: Jazzercise Classes 3420 Lone Oak Road, Arch Towers - Suite L. 5:15 PM. Everyone welcome! For morem call 270-210-1044. TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS: Xtreme Martial Arts (Ages 8+), Karate Kidz Prep Intermediates/Advanced (Ages 7-8), Karate Kidz Intermediates/Advanced (Ages 9-12), Dynamic Tae Kwon Do Intermediates/Advanced (Ages 13+), Adult Kickboxing (Ages 16+). Hwang's Martial Arts. Call 554-6667 for enrollment information or email hwangsmartialart@bellsouth.net. www.hwang-martialarts.com TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS: Group Training Run, West Kentucky Runners Club. Summer Hill Ct (off Friedman Lane between Pines Road and HW 60 in Paducah). 5 AM. 8 mile run.

MONDAY & THURSDAY: Introduction to Flow Yoga. 4600 Buckner Lane United Church of Paducah. 5:30-6:10 PM All Levels Yoga: 7-8 PM Contact Tim @ 205-1012 or tim@truenorthyoga.com

TUESDAY AND THURSDAY: Zumba Fitness Class. Paducah Expo Center, 1

MONDAY - THURSDAY: Jazzercise Classes. Paducah Jazzercise Center, Lone

THURSDAYS: Table Tennis. Ages 12+. Classroom 1, Paducah Parks. 5-6PM. $25. 444-8508.

Oak Plaza, 3562 Lone Oak Road. 5:15 PM. For more, email paducahjazz@yahoo.com

Executive Blvd. 3:45 & 5 PM. $1 per class and or canned good (donated to food bank). Visit www.zumba.com to find out more.

THURSDAYS: Drop in Doubles Clinic. Paul Rowton Indoor Tennis Center. 6:30 PM. Members $15, Nonmembers $19. 270-443-8363.

FRIDAYS:Kingsway Skateland 6:30 10 PM. $6.

FRIDAY: Extreme Martial Arts classes 4:30 – 5:30 PM. Future Kidz Makeup Class, 5 PM; Lil' Dragons & Karate Kidz Prep Makeup Classes, 5:30; Karate Kidz Makeup Class, 6 PM; Dynamic TKD Regular Class (13&Up), 6:30 PM . Circuit Training. 6 PM . Hwang’s

Martial Arts. 554-6667. w.hwangs-martialarts.com

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SATURDAYS, DURING FOOTBALL SEASON. Sports Medicine Clinic. The Orthopedic Institute of Western Kentucky, 2605 Kentucky Avenue, Suite 103. 9 AM. FREE. Call 270-4429461 for appointments.

SATURDAYS: Tiger and Junior JiuJitsu (ages 5 - 14). Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy, 2343 New Holt Road. Noon - 1 PM. For more, email trmaa@bellsouth.net or call 270-5544885. www.threeriversacademy.com. SATURDAYS: Kingsway Skateland. 1 - 3 PM and 3 - 5 PM, . 10 - 11:30 AM (beginner's session), $4. SATURDAYS: Group Training Run,

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West Kentucky Runners Club. Meet at Rehab Associates, Berger Road. 5 AM. 4 mile run (up to 20 if training for marathon). SATURDAYS. Kingsway Skateland. 7:30 – 11

PM.

$6.50. . Skates: Quad, $1,

Speed/Inline $3.

SATURDAYS: Black Belts, 9AM; Hwang’s Martial Arts. 554-6667. hwangsmartialarts@bellsouth.net, www.hwangs-martialarts.com

SATURDAY: Jazzercise Classes. 33420 Lone Oak Road, Arch Towers - Suite L.5:15 PM. Everyone welcome! For more, call 270-210-1044.

On-Going Events for Seniors: 3RD MONDAY OF EACH MONTH: Potluck at Broadway United Methodist Church. Join us for a potluck lunch at noon. Bring your favorite dish to share in our fellowship hall. For more information contact Bob Fejes at 443-2401.

EVERY 3RD SATURDAY: Senior Citizens Social Dinner and games. McKendree United Methodist Church. 4:30 - 6PM. 488-3770. Residents at Trinity Village - Senior Family Home Care, 3910 Old US Hwy 45 South in Lone Oak. Invite you to a senior's get - together every FRIDAY (Please RSVP): Pot luck – 6 - 6:45PM. Bible Study 7 – 8 PM Contact Rene Sanchez-Chew, 5547075. Senior Medicare Patrol – LaShea Sutton, program coordinator of the local Kentucky Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) provides information on how you can detect fraud, waste and abuse of Medicare. She is available for questions Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 AM – 3 PM and Tuesday from Noon – 4 PM at the Senior Center, 1400 H. C. Mathis Drive. For information call 270-442-8993.

1ST & 3RD FRIDAY NIGHTS: Senior Citizens Dance - Paducah-McCracken County Senior Center. 7 - 10 PM. $5. Live music. Bring potluck-style snack food. Drinks sold on-site. Open to the public. 50 and over. 443-8579

MONDAY - FRIDAY: Informal Coffee Group. Etcetera Coffeehouse, 6th Street and Kirchoff's Bakery locations. 9 AM. MONDAY - FRIDAY: Hot Lunches - Paducah-McCracken Senior Citizens Center. 11:30 AM. Donation : $2. Must be 60 and over. 443-8579 MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY: Exercise Classes for Seniors - PaducahMcCracken County Senior Center. 10-11 AM. 443-8579 MONDAY - FRIDAY: Water Aerobics. Brooks Indoor Pool, Broadway United Methodist Church, 701 Broadway. 10 more info.

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$25 per month. Call 270-443-2401 for

MONDAY: Zumba Gold! Washington Street Baptist Church, 721 Washington Street. 4 – 4:45 PM. $2 per session. Seniors and beginners welcome. Visit www.zumba.com for more.

MONDAY: Ballroom Dance Classes - Paducah-McCracken Senior Citizens Center. 1-3 PM. FREE. Must be 60 and over. 443-8579 MONDAY: Senior Citizens Theatre Troupe. Murray-Calloway County Senior Citizens Center. 2:30 PM. Projects include radio plays, and reader's theatre. Call Lisa Cope at 270-759-1752 for more. TUESDAY AND THURSDAY: Line Dancing Classes - Paducah-McCracken Senior Citizens Center. 1-2:30 PM. FREE.Thursdays for beginners. Must be 60 and over. 443-8579

TUESDAYS: Beginning Crochet and Quilting. Senior Citizens Center. 1 PM, 2 PM. FREE. 443-8579 WEDNESDAYS: Introduction to Senior Fitness Simplified. Paducah Yoga Center. 11 AM - noon. $10/ session, $30/month, $35/month with Sunday Tai Chi. Call 270-210-1465 for more.

1ST AND 3RD THURSDAYS OF EVERY MONTH: FREE Serving Our Senior's Bingo. Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. 1:30 - 3 PM. Dessert and coffee served, enter at the Rehabilitation wing. To reserve a seat, call 270-443-6543. ™

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Adoption/Foster Care:

Adoption Support for Kentucky (ASK) - Sponsoring support group for adoptive and prospective adoptive parents.The meetings are held the second Monday of each month at the Oasis Christian Center, 3232 Buckner Lane (home to Community Christian Academy Elementary School in Paducah, KY and the last Monday of each month at the Community Fellowship Baptist Church on Hwy 45 in Hickory (across from State Police Post One) in Mayfield,KY. Both meetings are held from 6 - 8 PM.All adoptive parents and those interested in adoption are welcome.Childcare is provided free of charge.For more information contact: Tammy DeBoe @ 270-994-2466 or tammydeboe@newwaveccomm.net or Kim Armistead @ 502-558-6846 or raka1214@yahoo.com. NECCO Therapeutic Foster Care. NECCO Therapeutic Foster Care. Necco has been serving Western Kentucky's youth for more than a decade. To find out more about foster parenting,give us a call. Necco can introduce you to a child in need of a loving family and a safe place to call home. Benefits include training tailored to fit your schedule,24 hour crisis intervention/support,access to on staff mental health professionals,ongoing monthly trainings with childcare and meals provided,respite,incentives,daily reimbursements paid twice monthly,case managers for every home,staff cell phone numbers,and unmatched foster parent support. For experience you can count on,call Necco toll free at 866-30NECCO (866-306-3226) or 270-898-1293. Foster a Child & Foster Hope (© 2011 Necco).

Child Care:

Tot School. 9 AM - 2 PM, MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY. Ages 3 - 5. $110/month. AUGUST 16 - MAY. Paducah Parks Bldg. 444-8508. National After School Program (NASP). Meets MONDAY - FRIDAY, 3 - 6 PM. FREE. To sign up, call Paducah Parks at 270-444-8508.

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Child Protection/ Crisis Services:

Domestic Violence Information Session. McCracken County Courthouse, Family

Court, Room “E”.443-6071, ext.5. The Purchase Area Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center.We provides fee services for both children and adult victims of sexual crimes. Our services include therapy,legal and medical advocacy, forensic interviews, child sexual abuse exams, consultation, assessment and referral services and education programs. Offices in Paducah,Mayfield and Murray reach all of the Purchase Area Region.Our 24 Hour crisis line number is 1-800-928-7273 and our office number is 270-928-4422. We welcome invitations to present preventive programs in schools,clubs,churches,and other groups.We need volunteers for our 24 hour crisis line and to meet victims at local emergency rooms. All volunteers undergo a criminal background check and central registry check. All are equipped with a 40 - hour training course. PASAC will accommodate your schedule. Join the team by calling 270-534-4422.

Children’s and Teen Groups: Boy Scout Troop 1 – Grace Episcopal Church.559-1515. Looking for long lost Scouts! Visit www.scoutingfriends.org or call (270) 554-5857. Girl Scout Activity Listings: www.kyanags.org Teen Board- Conference Room at Paducah Parks Bldg. Ages 14-18.4-5PM.FREE.444-8508

Education Groups:

Center for Gifted Studies. Alexander Hall, Murray State University. The Center, located at 3205 Alexander Hall, collaborates with pre-service and graduate education students, the School Psychology program,and other College of Education programs to provide services to parents and gifted children in the region.Its services include professional develoPMent programs for teachers,regional and international enrichment opportunities for gifted students during the academic year and summers,and informational and assessment services to parents. For more,contact Dr.Joy Navan,270-809-2539 or joy.navan@coe.murraystate.edu. C.H.AMP., Christian Homeschoolers All Meet and Play. United Methodist Church Gym, Ledbetter, KY. Every Monday 2:30 - 4:30. We also have group recess every six weeks. Bring skates or sports equiPMent. FREE to all. For more, call Sherry LayneSmith at 270-928-4368 or email smith731@localnet.com.


Heartland Christian Home Educators offers support, field trips, and fellowship for home school families in western Kentucky and southern Illinois.To find out more call 270-908-1619. Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site encourages area residents to volunteer at the park.Wickkliffe Mounds is a preservation of a Native American village dating to 11 AD.The park has a volunteer program and is searching for people who are interested in museums, history,archeology,education and Native Americans.Activities include tour guiding,educational programs,greeting visitors,outdoor landscaping and other help.Contact the Park Manager Carla Hildebrand at 270-335-3681 wickliffemounds@ky.gov Land Between the Lakes Programming - Trail hiking, animal discovery,

children’s activities, planetarium programming and more.Weekday and weekend listings. 270-924-2020. www.lbl.org McKAGE (McCracken County Chapter of Kentucky Association of Gifted Education.) Monthly lunch meetings at local schools. Noon – 1 PM. For information, contact Danette Humphrey, 442-5172 Ms. Bunny’s Pet Licks for Kids – Community Awareness Safety program. Pet care, responsibility and safety tips for children 5 – 12 years of age. Focus on dog bite prevention. Fun, interactive program with her tiny, fourlegged helper,“Scooby Sue”. FREE to children’s groups, schools and organizations. For information & to schedule Ms. Bunny. 575-3822 Center for Cultural Exchange.Host an international exchange student! CCI is looking for families to host high school students from foreign countries.Each CCI student is fully insured, brings spending money and is looking forward to an active family life.CCI is designated by the US Department of State and dedicated to promoting cultural understanding,academic develoPMent and world peace. Call your Area Representative, Corinne Sullivan at 270-5080622 if you have any questions or visit www.cci-exchange.com for more information. To view television programs, including Tot School from Paducah Parks Services, produced by the television department at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, visit www.paducah2.org.

Crisis Management

Kentucky Regional Poison Center - Kosair Children’s Hospital. 1-800-222-1222 The Merryman House. The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center provides free services to all victims of domestic violence, including shelter for those in need. All of the following services are offered FREE of charge. Some of our services include individual counseling, court advocacy, support groups, referral services, hospital advocacy, outreach services, and housing counseling. Though the shelter is located in Paducah, we provide outreach services for area counties. Our toll free crisis number is 1-800-585-2686 or (270) 443-6001. Our email address is merrymanhouse@ hcis.net. All services are completely confidential. Paducah Lifeline Ministries. Counseling and help for life-controlling addictions. Call 443-4743. 2801 Morgan Lane Paducah, KY Chapter of Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program - 800-SUICIDE (800-2433), 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255).zackshope.com For military and their families: www.operationhomefront.org

Loss:

Compassionate Friends of Western Kentucky Self-help organization for families that have had a child die. Every first Tuesday, 7 PM, at St. John Catholic Church Cafeteria, 6705 Old US Hwy 45 S. For more, contact Darla Martin at darlamartinky@gmail.com or 270-331-0883. Lourdes Hospice Needs Volunteers:Working with hospice patients can grow your faith and teach you about the magic and beauty of life.Volunteers are needed in Ballard,Caldwell,Carlisle, Crittenden,Fulton,Graves,Hickman,Livingston,Lyon,Marshall,and McCracken counties.If interested,contact Susan Mason at 1-800-870-7460 or 270-415-3640.

EVERY MONDAY (EXCEPT HOLIDAYS). Healthy Grieving Group. Paducah Lourdes Hospice Office,Hipp Buildingm Jackson Street 5 PM. 1ST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH. Grief Support Lunch:Luke's Truckstop,Arlington.11:30 AM. Contact Leah Fondaw,lfondaw@lourdes-pad.org.270-415-3607. Survivors of Suicide: support group for anyone whose life has been touched by the

unique grief of suicide. First Tuesday of the month. United Church of Paducah, 4600 Buckner Lane.Contact: 442-3722

EVERY MONTH. Western Baptist Heart Center.6 – 7:30 PM.For more,call Linda Thompson at 270-559-3480

Multi-service Providers:

Family Service Society is in DESPERATE NEED of FOOD. All types are needed;canned, boxed,mixes,cereal,etc.Please contact Family Service Society by calling 270-443-4838.

Lourdes Hospital has meetings and groups on:Childbirth,breastfeeding ALS support, Driving,Eating Disorders,Epilepsy,Fibromyalgia,Breast & Cervical Cancer,Parkinson’s disease and Heart issues.Call 444-2444 or ehealthconnection.com/ regions/lourdes Western Baptist Hospital has meetings and groups on: Breast feeding, childbirth, Baby Care, Family, CPR, Menopause, Diabetes, Ostomy & other medical issues. Call 575-2229 or www.westernbaptist.com Hope Unlimited Family Care Center and Medical Clinic provides counseling, pregnancy tests,ultrasounds,parenting classes and The Learn to Earn Program which offers a way for families to earn points to purchase much needed baby items. For more information, call 270-442-1166 in Paducah or 618-524-5730 in Metropolis. St.Nicholas Free Clinic.St.Nicholas Family Clinic's mission is to provide quality health care to working individuals and families who do not have medical insurance or financial resources necessary to pay for private insurance and/or medical care The St.Nicholas Family Clinic offers medical services to Ballard,Carlisle,Fulton,Hickman,Livingston,McCracken,and Marshall Counties in Kentucky and Massac County in Southern Illinois.Open to the public Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 - 11:30 AM and 12:30 - 4:30 PM.Drop by,call 270-415-0467,or email anita@stnicholasfamilyclinic.com. St.Vincent de Paul Budget Store.We are a volunteer based ministry that sells used clothing,furniture and other goods at a minimal charge to the community and in turn uses the proceeds to help those less fortunate through the Help Line. Help is offered based on need, regardless of religious affiliation or income. The Budget Store serves the public 5 days a week (Tuesday through Friday 10 AM to 3 PM and Saturday 9 AM to 1 PM). VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS ALWAYS WELCOME! Please feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions you may have regarding our services. Budget Store phone number:270-442-9351;Help Line phone number:270-575-1008;E-mail address:stvincentpaducah@yahoo.com Four Rivers Behavioral Health. Provides service in the areas of mental health, develoPMental disabilities, and substance abuse. Consulting and employee assistance available. Serving Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Marshall, and McCracken. 24-hr. crisis hotline, 1-800-592-3980. Call the office, 442-7121, to find out more. Martha's Vineyard. A ministry that prepares meals and delivers them to the less fortunate in our area weekly.If you would like to volunteer please call Martha at 575-0021. Donations may be sent to :Martha's Vineyard • 1100 N.12th Street • Paducah KY 42001 Ballard County Community Food Pantry. St. Mary's Catholic Church, 662 Broadway, LaCenter. Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 AM to 12 noon for food distribution and to receive non-perishable donations. Need spaghetti'os, soups, vegetables, crackers, etc. For more, call the church at 270-665-5551.

Miscellaneous:

Art Parties. Invite an artist to come to your place or have the party at ours. The artist will do live demonstrations, paint faces, and lead kids in a super fun art activity. Call Gretchen Smith at 270-243-0444 or email tallartist@hotmail.com.

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Art Guild of Paducah. FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH 6 PM. McCracken County Public LibraryFor more info, call Carol at 270-554-4803 or 270-210-1465, or Melanie at 270-331-3087. Senior Pastor Bible Study. Thursday mornings at 11:00 AM at Broadway United Methodist Church. Come and bring a friend. You do not have to be a member of Broadway UMC to participate. 443-2401. Citizens Against Drug Dealers and Drug Abuse (C.A.D.D.) Working toward a drugfree McCracken County with education, prevention, and resources for families. 1st Thursdays; 6:30 PM. Milburn Chapel Church,West Paducah. For info., 554-9429. Dream Factory Volunteer Meetings - US Bank Bldg. 4TH & Broadway. 5TH floor. Interested in helping or donating? Janice Harris, 441-7611 www.dreamfactory.com Hearts for Babies.The group makes layettes for under-privileged and single moms in need and their new babies.Meets 1st Wednesday of every month from 10 AM – 2 PM at Lone Oak First Baptist Church, Room C 200. Come and join our fun group.We knit, crochet, quilt and sew! For more,call Nelly Sullivan at 270-556-3818 Paducah Chess Club - SATURDAYS, 1 - 4 PM,brilliant minds young and old,put their wits to the test at English's Antiques.Sponsored by English's Antiques and Rayela Art,212 Broadway. Paducah Kennel Club. Meetings are the SECOND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH (EXCLUDING JUNE,WHEN THE MEETING IS THE THURSDAY PRIOR TO THE DOG SHOW) at 7 PM at the clubhouse. Guests are welcome. Membership is $30 annually for an individual,$45 for a family,and $5 for Junior Membership.There are ongoing conformation and puppy socialization classes, obedience classes, and agility classes.The club also offers Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International Testing. For more, visit www.paducahkennelclub.com Paducah Photographer's Club. Meets FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH.Broadway Baptist Church of Christ, 2855 Broadway. 6:30 – 8:30 PM. A diverse group of people with one common interest:photography.Whether you're a new hobbyist or full time professional,our club offers the opportunity to learn,share,network and form new friendships! Yearly membership dues only $20.For more info,contact bonni.littleton@gmail.com

South Gum Springs Road,Paducah.Contact Lynette Brown 534-0512 for directions. Inclement weather cancels. www.breastfeedinghelppaducah.blogspot.com MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) - MOPS meets from 9:30-11:30am on 1ST & 3RD THURSDAYS FROM DECEMBER THROUGH MAY.If you’re a mother of a preschooler,you’ve got your hands full….and we know how you feel! Get connected in MOPS. There are limited spots available for childcare so please call ahead.554-1441.They also meet one Sunday a month,5 - 7 PM.Please call for specific dates. Moms in Touch prayer support for Concord Elementary School. Call Kelly Hudspeth, 744-0800 NINO – Nine months in; nine months out. Provide infant sling & carrier information & support. 3rd Mondays. 10:30AM. McCracken County Library. For more information, contact Jill Tanner, 349-3806 or email thenaturalbaby@gmail.com Parents Encouraging Parents: A parent support group hosted by First Christian Church. All parents are invited to attend! Free family meal followed by supervised play for kids and a moderated discussion for parents. Meal at 5:30 PM with discussion to follow.Topics are as follows:We hope you will join us.RSVP for childcare and meal @ 443-8251. Wives of Faith,Western KY Chapter – If you would like to join a Christian-based group of other military wives,this is the group for you. Come join us for lots of fun,support, and activities! All units and branches are welcome. Check out: http://www.wivesoffaith.org/groups/western-kentucky-wof and email ashley@wivesoffaith.org if you're interested or would like more information.

Social and Professional Groups:

40/50 Group. 1ST AND 3RD MONDAY OF EACH MONTH at 5:30 PM.Meets at area restaurants for socializes and to plan events. Meetings this month: February 7th at Tribeca, February 21st at Jasmine.www.4050group.blogspot.com ACCESS Christian Singles. We provide a safe atmosphere for social activity for all singles.Whether members are men,women,divorced,widowed,never married,just separated or dating couples, we all have different personal goals and ideas about socially acceptable behavior. Meets the SECOND SATURDAY AND FOURTH FRIDAY OF THE MONTH.Check the blog for details: http://accesschristiansingles.blogspot.com/ Downtown Kiwanis Club - 310 N 4th Street, THURSDAYS, Noon - 1 PM. Visitors and potential members are always welcome at these weekly service-oriented gatherings. Email Chuck.Williamson@jpenergy.comfor more info.

McCracken County Genealogical & Historical Society. 2nd Wednesdays. McCracken County Public Library. 1:30 PM. Contact Marjory Heyduck at 554-0878. Programs include local speakers. New members welcome.

Four Rivers Society for Human Resource Management - Meetings are the FOURTH TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH at 6 PM at Whaler's Catch. For more, call Christa Dubrock at 443-7361, ext. 10689 or email dubruck@csiweb.com.

Toastmasters EVERY MONDAY. Farm Bureau Office,1600 Broadway.Noon-1PM.Visitors are always welcome. Come and improve your public speaking ability in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. For more info,call Clay Campbell,703-2700.

Lone Oak Kiwanis - Meets WEDNESDAYS mornings for breakfast at The Parlor, 3033 Lone Oak Road, 6:45 AM.Visitors and potential members are always welcome at these service-oriented meetings.

Parenting Support:

Paducah /River City Business and Professional Women (BPW). MEETS SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH at noon at the Pasta House. Email Jessica Koverdan for

I-CAN - The International Cesarean Awareness Network's mission is to improve maternal and child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education and provide support for cesarean recovery.Meetings the 2ND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH at 5:30,McCracken Public Liabrary Meeting Room.For more information,contact Kimberly Eckenberg 618-921-1132,kjeckenberg@hotmail.com or i-canonline.org La Leche League of Kentucky- All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be inter-

ested in breastfeeding.Meetings 1ST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH at 10 AM,160

more,jessicakoverdan@kyfb.com. Paducah Business and Professional Women (BPW) Meets second Tuesday of each month for dinner.6 PM,Grace Episcopal Church. For information,call Merryman Kemp at 270-442-7636 or Pat Moriarty at 270-853-2580. Paducah-Kentucky Lake Chapter of the International Society of Administrative Professionals. Meetings are the THIRD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH at 5:30 PM. For more, call Christy Poindexter at 270-575-6624.www.geocites.com/paducahkylake. Paducah Lions Club - The oldest Lions Club in Kentucky, they meet TUESDAYS at noon for lunch and presentations by guest speakers at the Carson Center. Paducah Newcomers' Club: Monthly meetings are held on the SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, please call 270-554-5303 or www.geocities.com/paducahnewcomers/index.html for more details.Paducah Newcomers' Club Playgroup:Held weekly on Monday at 10:00 AM, please call 270-534-1835 for more details. Paducah Rotaract Club. First MONDAY of the month at 6 PM. Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce.A group for young professionals 18 – 30 years old focused on helping others. Paducah Rotary Club - The group meets each WEDNESDAY for lunch and excellent speakers. Noon at the Myre River Room, Carson Four Rivers Center. Paducah Singles Connection - TUESDAYS, 7 PM at Grace Episcopal Church. All single adults are welcome to this group,which emphasizes positive fellowship and social interaction based on the Christian lifestyle. They neither encourage nor discourage dating among members.The goal is to encourage,with love and support,those adjusting to the single lifestyle in a way that enhances self-esteem,tolerance and understanding.

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South Paducah Kiwanis - 1640 South 6th Street, THURSDAYS from 7 - 8 PM.The club invites members to this weekly meeting. The group's mission: serving the children of the world, one at a time. Zonta Club of Paducah - 5:30 PM, SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH at Whaler's Catch restaurant. It’s always a fun night when this group of women executives and professionals gathers to work together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. For more, call 270-575-3444.

Special Needs:

H.O.R.S.E.S., INC. Informational "roundtable" meetings. 6 PM Learn about our program, enroll a rider, become a volunteer, help with upcoming events and fundraisers, be a guest speaker. Contact Debbie for further information 270-2520466 or expo@horsesinc.org, please visit our website www.horsesinc.org. H.O.R.S.E.S. Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center currently has open enrollment for riders with special needs, on Wednesdays at Carson Park in Paducah and Mondays in Dexter, KY. Please visit our website for an enrollment package. www.horsesinc.org or call us at 270-437-3881. Easter Seals West Kentucky offers a range of therapies including speech, physical and occupational therapy services to children who qualify regardless of income. If you know a child who would benefit from these services or needs additional services above what they are already receiving, please call Tara Beyer at 270-444-9687. Easter Seals West Kentucky Adult Day Care has openings. Our program is ideal for seniors and special needs adults who are unable to be monitored during the day by a primary caregiver or simply need daily interaction in a safe, social group setting. In addition to activities, we offer meals and personal care. Caring nursing staff are also available to help monitor or assist with certain health or medical needs. Please contact Micah Sullivan at 270-442-2001 for more information. FEAT of Western Kentucky. Families for Effective Autism Treatment. Easter Seals Child Development Center. featofwky@gmail.com Marshall County Special Olympics. Marshal County Special Olympics. The

group holds their monthly meeting at the Woodmen of the World building in Benton, 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 PM. For more, call Brian and Melissa Collier, 270227-5225. Down Syndrome Association of Western Kentucky is a resource group for families, friends, &individuals with Down syndrome. 6:30-8 PM on the third Monday of each month at the Heartland Worship Center in Paducah, Kentucky. For more, call Lana Dockery, phone number 270-564-0949, and email ldockery@comcast.net

Support Groups:

Alcoholics Anonymous. Wednesdays evenings. 8 – 9 PM. Ballard County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Community Center in Lacenter. Caregiver Support Group – Third Tuesday of the month. Legacy Personal Care Home, 4747 Alben Barkley Drive. 6 PM. FREE respite care is provided. For more information, please call Carrie Gottschalk Singler, 270-534-0620. American Cancer Society Look Good...Feel Better.FREE program designed to help women look their best during cancer treatment.Experienced cosmetologists teach beauty tips to help minimize the appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Call 444-0384 to attend a group session or make an appointment.

Cancerport - the Breast Cancer Support Group.Women's Health and Wellness Center

at Lourdes Medical Pavilion.Contact Kentucky Cancer Program at 270-442-1310. Cancer Support Group – First Christian Church. 443-8251 Celebrate Recovery. Heartland Worship Center's Youth Building. FRIDAYS AT 7 PM. Are you struggling with hurts, habits and hang-ups such as depression, insecurity, anger, overeating or chemical dependency? Open the door to change and find freedom from addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. For more, call 270-534-1400, ext. 260. Christian Support Group Meeting for friends and family of the chemically dependent. New Life Tabernacle. Call 444-8073 or 554-5977. Circle of Hope Cancer Support Group. FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH at 6 Jackson Purchase Medical Center, Private Dining Room. Special guests are planned to provide information on pain management, depression, nutrition and many other related topics. For more information, call 382-3940 or 247-6546. Next meeting: February 7.

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Compassionate Friends – THIRD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH. 7 – 9 PM. For families who have lost a child of any age. Community and Senior Ctr, 155 W Cumberland Av, Grand Rivers, KY (one block west of J.H. O'Bryan Ave, and behind 1st KY Bank) Contact: 270-217-4490, or FourRiversCF@hotmail.com for more information or to receive our newsletter. www.compassionatefriends.org Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Support Group. First Thursday of

the Month. Marshall Nemer Building, 2nd Floor Rosenthal Room. 7 more information, call 646-623-2620.

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Diabetes Support Group – Lone Oak Church of Christ. 3RD TUESDAYS. 7-8 PM. For questions, contact: Western Baptist Hospital at 575-2282; or Purchase District Health Dept. at 444-9625. Diabetes Support Group. FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH AT 6 PM. Community Conference Room, Jackson Purchase Medical Center. Participants share in a diabetic-friendly potluck meal. Additional information can be obtained by calling The Diabetes Care Center at 251-4372. To register call 251-4580 or 1877-554-JPMC. Epilepsy Support Group. SECOND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH, 6 - 7 PM in the West Kentucky Epilepsy Center at the Murray Calloway County Hospital in Murray. Free and open to the public. Call 270-762-1566 for more information. Fibromyalgia Support Group. 6 - 7 PM. THIRD THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH at Birk Grove Life Centre (5150 Village Square Drive.) Meetings are open to the public for women with Fibromyalgia. Phone 270-415-9575 for any questions. Hopeful Hearts -A support group for women with cancer led by Dr. Lisa

Chaney Lasher. MEETINGS: 2ND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH 6:30pm. Lourdes Women's Health and Wellness Center, Contact 538-5723. Hot Shots, a support group for children with type 1 diabetes and their families. For more information, contact 217-2548, 519-4155, 210-3047 or ronda. cartwright @mccracken.kyschools.us I-CAN - The International Cesarean Awareness Network's mission is to improve maternal and child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through educa-

Adoption Support for Kentucky (ASK). support group for adoptive and prospective adoptive parents. SECOND MONDAY OF EACH MONTH at the Oasis Christian Center, 3232 Buckner Lane (home to Community Christian Academy Elementary School in Paducah, KY and the last Monday of each month at the Community Fellowship Baptist Church on Hwy 45 in Hickory (across from State Police Post One) in Mayfield, KY. Both meetings are from 6 - 8 PM. All adoptive parents and those interested in adoption are welcome. FREE childcare provided.

Bariatric Support Group. FOURTH TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH at 6 PM. Community Conference Room, Jackson Purchase Medical Center. For more information about participating with this group, call 270-251-4169. Brain Injury of Kentucky Support Group - Western Baptist Hospital, Conference Room A. Call Brenda Bradford at 575-2799 or 554-0452

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Paducah Area Amputees in Action Support Group. Lourdes Hospital - Borders Community Room. 5:30 PM. 3RD THURSDAY EACH MONTH. For information, please call Terri Ross, 488-3020. If you or a loved one would like a hospital or nursing home visit from an amputee for support and encouragement, please call for information.

tion and provide support for cesarean recovery. Meetings the 2ND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH at 5:30, McCracken Public Library Meeting Room. For more information, contact Kimberly Eckenberg 618-921-1132, kjeckenberg@hotmail.com or i-canonline.org

Parkinson’s Support Group. This group meets at Western Baptist Hospital in the 2nd floor Atrium Conference Room at 9:30 AM and at Lourdes Hospital in the basement, Classroom 4 at 10 AM. MEETINGS ARE EVERY OTHER WEEK. For exact meeting times and more information, please call 1-270-898-8031.

L.I.F.E Community L.I.F.E-Saver Class - 523 N 12th Street. TUESDAYS, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM.This class allows individuals to talk about any life-controlling issues and get support from the group. FREE. All are welcome. 575-3823.

Postpartum Depression Support Group. The FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH at Hope Unlimited headquarters. This resource is open to the

Lupus Support Group. Lourdes Hospital, Classroom 4. 6 PM, first Monday of every month. For more, call 270-210-9247. “Metamorphosis”: Lourdes Bariatric Program Support Group - For those who are interested or have undergone the gastric bypass procedure. 4442444 N.AMI. Paducah (National Alliance on Mental Illness) support group for family members and persons affected by mental illness and their families. THURSDAYS, 7 – 8:30 PM. St. Mathew’s Lutheran Church, 27th & Broadway. Nar-Anon Family Support Group. TUESDAYS, 6:30 PM. Lourdes Hospital Classroom 4. Join in on a weekly hour of anonymous friendship, support and information for people with family members and/or friends struggling with drug addiction. For more, call 444-6718 Overeaters Anonymous. MONDAYS. 7-9PM at at various members' homes. OA offers a fellowship of men and women who seek recovery -through a Twelve-Step program. No public, private, political, ideological, or religious affiliation. No dues, fees, or weigh-ins. EVERYONE WELCOME! For more and weekly location, call 270556-8873.

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public, confidential and free. For questions about this support group, call 270442-1166. Stroke and Brain Injury Survivors Support Group. Meets weekly on AM - Noon. Second floor conference room, Jackson Purchase Medical Pavilion. Call 270-251-4121 for information on upcoming meeting topics.

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Support & education for families with a loved one who has a severe mental illness. FREE. Basic information about medications, the recovery process, communication skills, problem solving. Weekly meetings. Call to register 270-554-1915 TOPS #110 Paducah. Lebanon Methodist Church., 4620 At Massa Drive. 6 PM, Weigh In; 6:30 PM, Meeting.This weekly meeting has a two-fold objective: encourage healthy lifestyles through weight management support groups and sponsor obesity research. Most members refer to the organization simply as "TOPS," an acronym for "Take Off Pounds Sensibly." The first meeting is FREE; yearly membership $26; monthly chapter dues $5. 270-217-1182. TOPS KY 0212 Paducah "Take Off Pounds Sensibly". Our mission is to offer Support and Encouragement for weight loss. Fountain Avenue United Methodist. Meetings are every Wednesday morning & starts at 9:30. The first meeting is FREE, yearly dues are $26,and monthly chapter dues are just $4. For more information contract Tina at 270-331-0318. United Ostomy Association – Held at Western Baptist Hospital. Contact Bonita Cloyd, 575-2303 ™


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by Robyn Passante

Five Tips to Tame‘The Gimmes’ This Holiday Season

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e watch a lot of PBS Kids and Sprout in my house, and when I say “a lot” I mean “those are basically the only networks the kids are allowed to watch.” This is a decision we’ve made based largely on the fact that PBS Kids and Sprout programming are mostly commercial-free. Except, that is, for last December, when suddenly commercials for Pillow Pets started popping up before “Bob the Builder.” And then my children, ages 1 and 3 at the time, saw them in every store we entered, recognized them from TV, and had to have them. Please Mommy, please Mommy PLEASE, WE WANT PILLOW PETS! Have you been there? This is the worst time of year for “The Gimmes,” largely because there are heaping piles of extra stimuli working against us. Toy catalogs arrive daily. Sunday newspapers are stuffed with flyers advertising everything under the sun. We shop more, indulge more, generally talk more about giving and getting gifts, and we use presents as leverage.“If you’re good, maybe Santa will bring X,Y or Z.”But the month of peace and good-

will doesn’t also have to be the month of pleading and “gimmes.” Here are a few tips I’ve gleaned from the experts, and from other parents who’ve been down this road before (also known as “the real experts.”)

Establish family traditions around gift giving, not receiving. Make sure the traditions involve something kids can help with and get excited about year after year, whether it’s baking plates of cookies to deliver to the neighbors, or swinging by the local no-kill animal shelter with food for the puppies and kitties. The key here is to keep the focus on the pleasure of giving rather than receiving.

Stick to the “One In, One Out” rule. When a new toy comes in the house, an old one has to go. Make this rule clear, and remind your child of it as her letter to Santa begins to resemble the entire American Girl catalog in list form. “Have you thought about which of your things you’d like to give to a needy child?” will either get her spinning her generosity wheels or backpedaling on some of her Kris Kringle requests.

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Reduce greed by reducing gifts. Severely limit yourself (and overly generous relatives) to just a few special presents. Keep expectations low, or at least realistic, to help them learn the difference between the happiness of receiving a gift they love, and the simple thrill of “getting.” Most “gimme” tantrums and episodes are over the getting, not the actual gift.

Limit the “gimme” inducers. Pare down TV time, so kids are less exposed to commercials filled with toys they think they must have but will forget about by February. And whenever possible, don’t bring them shopping with you.The more they see, the more they want.

Model gratitude. Teach your child the proper way to accept a gift. When you get a fruitcake from the neighbor, don’t toss it aside as soon as the door closes behind her; slice it up and serve it for breakfast. Make a big deal that every kind gesture and every small gift means a lot; doing so will help them understand that a present’s price is not the same as its value. And, write a thank you note if you can, which they can sign too. Robyn Passante is a freelance journalist and mother of two who’s shocked that her boys still love the Pillow Pets they received last year for Christmas. ™

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Family Resource and Youth Services Centers by Crystal Engler Purchase Parenting and Family Staff

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he Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990 changed many things in our school systems. One of which was the creation of the Kentucky Family Resource and Youth Services Centers (FRYSC). These Centers were implemented state-wide to help at-risk students succeed in school. Schools in Kentucky that have at least 20 percent of students who are eligible for free or reduced meals are eligible for FRYSC funding.This accounts for just about 50% of students in Kentucky schools. Anne Adams is FRYSC's Region One Program Manager. "We've just celebrated our 20th anniversary,” she told me during our recent interview. “I feel that we are the most important and engrained part of the original KERA legislation, because we have more than 800 centers in Kentucky. In our region alone, there are 79 centers in 21 school districts."

(left to right) Jestin York and Ja'Ohana Yarber helped "feed the old lady" at Symsonia Elementary School's Toddler Time led by Shelly Gardner and Tina Gamble (not pictured). Gardner, parent volunteer, read the book, "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie."

Community Christmas Connection The Family Resource and Youth Service Centers strive to help all children, not just those who qualify for free and reduced meals. "We serve every child in the school district through many different programs and services. Among them are the upcoming Christmas Giving programs that are in place in each of the districts. We want to make sure that all of the kids have a happy Christmas. It is one of the many things that FRYSC's do to meet the needs of the children and families they serve," Adams explained.

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Community Christmas Connection is going to be offered at all ten Graves County Public Schools and Mayfield Independent Elementary School. I spoke with Tana Jones, Family Resource Center Coordinator at Wingo Elementary School, about the program. "Families that meet the income eligibility shop at a "Christmas Store" that we have in Mayfield, she explained. “The store is open for a week and families are given appointment times to come and shop for their children. All of the items in the store are either donated or purchased with funding that was allocated specifically for this program. We solicit donations from all over the community for this

endeavor, and we're still looking more. We have already selected this year’s families, but the program will continue annually." With the economy the way it is, this program is sure to help those in need. "It's very effective,” Jones said.“Parents know what their children need and like, and they're able to have the shopping experience even though they're receiving assistance. The parents get to participate in a meaningful way and seem to enjoy it more than when we blindly ask someone to sponsor them.” Additionally, parents who sign up for the Community Christmas Connection can choose to receive a food basket. Both the Graves County and the Mayfield FRYSC's partner with First Assembly of God in Mayfield. For more information about the Community Christmas Connection, contact Jones at (270) 328-4873.

Toddler Time For the past three years the Graves County FRYSC’s have successfully implemented a program called Toddler Time. Currently, there are five schools in Graves County that host the program, which is coordinated by the FRYSC's Coordinators, staff, and their volunteers.The schools include Cuba, Farmington, Sedalia, Symsonia, and Wingo Elementary Schools. I spoke with Jennifer Morris, Family

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Resource Center Coordinator for Symsonia and Farmington Elementary Schools. "Toddler Time is an opportunity for the youngest children in the county to begin to become familiar with school so that when the time comes, the transition is very natural,” Morris explained. “We begin to reach this goal when the children first step into the preschool classroom.They are able to explore, play with new toys, and meet other children. We include in our sessions time for singing, playing, arts, crafts, coloring, and snack time. While the toddlers are having fun, mom, dad, grandparents, aunts, and uncles are learning creative ways to actively engage with their little ones." The program is open to anyone who has a two or three year old in the district.Toddler Time takes place once a month on Friday mornings. For more information about locations, dates, and times, contact Morris at (270) 328-4868 or (270) 328-4994.

Red Ribbon Week In addition, the FRYSC's organize events for Red Ribbon Week each year in Graves County, which coincides with National Red Ribbon Week, a program for drug abuse prevention. This year, students from Graves County Middle School and the district’s elementary schools lined the Mayfield Court Square to “Take a Stand to Take our Community Back!” The students educated others about the problems of drug abuse. “We’re excited that our students really want to make our community a better place in which to live,” said Morris. “They’ve heard and seen the bad things that can come from drug abuse and want to take a stand against it.” Family Resource and Youth Service Centers add a unique touch to school districts in our area. The programs, services, and compassion which they offer tie the community and school district together in one special holiday package. ™

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Green Gift Giving by Dava Hayden Horticulturist M.S.

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hink green gifts this year; ‘Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle’! It is a great way to save money, show you care, and be environmentally friendly. One of the very best things we can do for the Earth is simply to preserve natural resources by consuming less, but this does not mean that we must forgo gift giving. My top pick is to consider buying a gift certificate from a local garden center for a tree, because we all need to reduce our home energy consumption. A small tree (five gallon) will cost approximately $30 whereas a larger tree (15 gallon) will cost approximately $120. Air conditioners cooling a fully shaded house have been shown to work only half as much as those in a house that has its walls and roof exposed to the sun. Other research reports show shade trees will reduce heat gains by 40 percent to 80 per-

cent, depending upon their placement and density. Next summer, study your landscape carefully and decide where shade is needed. Deciduous trees that drop their leaves during the winter generally are the best choice to lower cooling costs. These trees let the sun shine on the house during the winter, when the sun’s added warmth is welcome, and then provide shade during the summer when it is needed. Evergreen, on the other hand, are desirable where screening for privacy is needed or for as a windbreak on the north side of the yard to block cold winter winds.

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If your budget is zero dollars, give experiences you can share, rather than material goods. Offer your God given talent(s); we all have at least one. The key to giving a gift of

RECYCLE Recycle with us this Holiday season and you could win $250 Drawing held on Jan 15, 2012.

If we don't take care of our Earth, who will? Using EPA statistics, the residents of McCracken County, including Paducah, will generate an additional 1.6 million pounds of recyclables in December due to the holidays. GPSP-RecycleNow wants to help keep the recyclables out of the landfill. Bring your coupon and holiday recyclables to the GPSP-RecycleNow drop-off facility or use Dream Green’s curbside service (monthly or one-time pick-up) and your completed coupon will be put into a drawing to WIN $250 Cash. New and current recyclers alike can enter this drawing. Please see our websites www.recyclenowpaducah.com and www.dg-recycling.com for more information.

Recycle and WIN Coupon Name:___________________________________________ Address:_________________________________________ Phone:___________________________________________ Email Address:___________________________________ Hours: 7:00 am to 2:30 pm M-F and 8:00 to Noon on Sat. Information is for GPSP-RecycleNow and Dream Green use only to send out monthly recycling information and recycling event notifications only. Information will not be shared with any other groups or organizations.

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yourself is to know the wants and needs of the person to whom you are giving the gift. Equally important, do not underestimate your own special skills.

Give a Gift of Yourself or Your Time • Make homemade bread and deliver it every week for a month • Collect family recipes and compile them in a wooden recipe box • Make one dinner a week for a month that you deliver • Give baby-sitting time • Book a monthly lunch date with an elderly relative or friend • Offer free lessons in a sport in which you excel • Give free computer lessons to someone that needs help • Teach a game such as bridge or mahjong • Weed a friend’s garden • Share your talents, such as photography, financial planning, or hairstyling • Donate yourself as a willing cheerful worker for a day • Put together a photo album • Make a bracelet, necklace or ornament • Do a chore for a month that a family member dislikes

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Programs for Everyone: Children and Adults!

December 3 Invention Guru 2:00 p.m. Paul Niemann, the author of Invention Mysteries Books, will teach you what to do with your great ideas and about others who have had them! December 6 Story Time 10:00 & 1:00 Candlelight Flickers 11:00 Baby and Me December 8 7:00 Evening Upstairs with Steve Hecklinger, Photojournalist. Year in Review A Photo Journal Documentary December 13 Story time 10:00 & 1:00 “Christmas Giving, The Shoemaker and the Elves” 11:00 Baby and Me Story Time December 17 2:00 Holiday Origami December 20 Story Time 10:00 & 3:30 “Grinch and Friends” to put you in the Christmas Spirit! December 20 1:00-3:00 p.m. Dickens Carolers December 24-26 Library Closed Merry Christmas! December 31 Library Closed New Years Eve 555 Washington Street Paducah KY 42003

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Give a Green Gift that Isn’t a Thing • Tickets to concerts, sporting events, museums, theater, etc. • Frequent flyer miles • Give an experience (a day canoeing, a boat ride on the lake or a day at the park) • A gift certificate for a lesson (tennis, swimming, dancing, drums, for example) • A dinner for two • Donate something in the name of a friend or relative, in a subject area of interest to them (such as Habitat for Humanity or Humane Society) • Buy a gift certificate to a used book store • Buy a plant or a tree True luxury is taking the time to enjoy, the time to savor the moment. Each of these gifts--selected for thoughtfulness, longevity, and quality over quantity--have this goal in mind. Maybe it is as simple as a fresh, home-cooked meal whipped up with a pressure cooker, or the leisurely hours spent playing with a child at the park. From delicate bracelets and sturdy fishing gear made of recycled material to donations to our favorite non-profits to, solar powered gadgets and ecofriendly dollhouses, let's take back the holidays together. And most importantly, take time to honor Christ. If it wasn’t for the birth of Jesus Christ we would not have Christmas. ™


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Singing from the Heart - the WKCTC Community Chorus

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ome say it's better to give than receive. At West Kentucky Community and Technical College, their Chorus is doing just that...and by giving the gift of music, they are receiving a blessing at the same time. The West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) Chorus is a non-audition performing group open to anyone with a passion for choral singing. I spoke with Norman Wurgler, Music Professor and Director of the Chorus, about the group. "The chorus is made up of students, community members, faculty, and staff,”he explained. “It's been around for at least 25 to 30 years or more. We're a very active group, with ages running from high school students to retired folks. Students at the college can actually take it for an elective college credit hour. Many choose to do this, but people can also just come and sing."

“The WKCTC Chorus is special in many ways,” Wurgler explained, "With adult and student voices combined; we're able to perform many diverse pieces of music. Singing is such a healthy thing for anyone to do and makes a great family activity. I like to think The WKCTC Chorus is an opportunity for all those who love music to continue singing. I spoke with Gail Robinson-Butler, Director of Clemens Fine Arts Center at WKCTC, about the important role the chorus

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has in the area. "The college chorus is yet another opportunity for WKCTC to provide community outreach and arts education,� she told me. “Participation in the chorus offers students and community members a way to enjoy music and singing on a regular basis. The performance opportunities offered to members are an excellent way to celebrate music." The WKCTC Chorus offers many things to many people. Janet Bloomingburg, WKCTC Chorus member, explained her experience. "I've been singing with the WKCTC Community Chorus since 1998. I was new to this area then and hadn't sung in a choir since college. I was looking for a musical outlet and a place to make new friends. I found both in the community chorus. The chorus meets at a time that is convenient for many people, and provides a varied repertoire of music that is both fun and challenging. It's a non-audition group so the atmosphere is somewhat relaxed and without pressure. While the chorus provides a great learning opportunity for high school and college aged kids, it's also a great way for adults who formerly sang in their high school or college choirs to retain vocal skills as well as acquire new ones. Singing with this choir has been a lot of fun for me, and I continue to learn and grow as a singer every year."

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2011 Holiday Concert Every year, the WKCTC Chorus puts on a holiday concert with Wurgler serving as Director and James Patton as pianist and organist. "The Holiday Concert features music from the classic choral repertoire and traditional, popular holiday choral arrangements with newer Christmas music,” Wurgler told me.“We end it with a carol sing-along in which the audience is encouraged to participate. It's a great way to kick off the Christmas season." This year, to add to the holiday spirit, the college theatre students are going to be doing a Victorian style reading from Clement Clarke Moore's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. This will be directed by Constance Frank, Professor and Director of Theatre at the college. "It's a real collaborative effort. We try to get as many students involved as possible," said Wurgler. The WKCTC Chorus Holiday Concert will take place at the Clemens Fine Art Center at WKCTC on December 4th at 3 pm. It's free and open to the public. For more information, call (270) 534-3212 or visit www.artsinfocus.org.

Springtime Concert In the spring, the chorus will present a Pops Concert featuring musical excerpts from a hit Broadway show and other popular choral works. Wurgler added, "This coming year, we're going to be doing the musical medley of songs from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and plan on having piano solos, duets, and small ensembles."

Join the chorus and sing! All that is necessary to participate in the WKCTC Chorus is a desire to sing and the ability to attend rehearsals on Tuesday nights from 7 - 9 p.m. If you wish to join the chorus or would like more information, contact Norman F. Wurgler at (270) 534-3219 or by e-mail at norman.wurgler@kctcs.edu. ™

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The Flu and You…Flu Facts for Seniors by Cynthia Foster Superior Care Home Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

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lu season is in full swing. For seniors, influenza (the flu) can often result in serious complications that can cause severe illness, life-threatening complications and in some cases death. In the United Stated move than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications annually. That’s why it’s important to understand the flu, take all necessary precautions to prevent the infection, and know what to do if you get the flu.

the same symptoms and are often mistaken for influenza. The flu is different from a cold, and appears much more suddenly. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea can sometimes accompany the flu. However, gastrointestinal symptoms are rarely prominent in adults and the illness often called “stomach flu” is not influenza.

To help you prepare for a healthy flu season, we are providing you with some helpful flu facts to assist you in fighting the flu this winter.

• Fever and Chills (however not everyone with the flu will have a fever.) • Coughing • Sore Throat • Runny or Stuffy Nose • Muscle or Body Aches • Headache • Fatigue

What is the Flu?

Who is at Risk?

Seasonal Influenza (“the flu”) is a serious, contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Other illnesses can have

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Individuals who have the flu often have some or all of these symptoms:

Anyone, even healthy people at any age can get the flu. People who are at a higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications include: • People age 65 and older • People with chronic health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart, lung or blood diseases) • Pregnant women • Young Children

How Does The Flu Spread? Flu viruses are spread primarily from persons to person. Droplets from a cough, sneeze or talking can be transferred to the mouth or nose or be inhaled into the lungs. Surfaces or objects that have the flu virus on them, when touched, may infect a person. After being infected with the virus, symptoms usually appear within 2 to 4 days, and the infection is considered contagious for an additional 3 to 4 days after symptoms appear. That means you may be able

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Can the Flu Be Prevented? While there are no guaranteed measures that will prevent a person from getting the flu, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you TAKE THREE:


Step 1:

Take time to get vaccinated.

Step 2: Take everyday actions to prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses. Step 3: If you have flu-like symptoms,seek medical attention and take antiviral drugs if prescribed by your doctor.

Get Vaccinated Annual vaccination is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Flu viruses are constantly changing. Getting vaccinated against the flu every season protects against the three influenza viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness during flu season. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated each year. Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk, those who live with or care for high risk persons and health care workers.The only exception is those people who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs, those who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past, and people who developed GuillainBarre syndrome within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine previously. If you have questions about whether you should get a flu vaccine, consult with your health care provider.

make the illness milder,shorten the time you are sick and may prevent serious flu complications.

While recovering from the flu: • Stay at home and get plenty of rest. • Drink plenty of water and other clear liquids to prevent fluid loss and avoid dehydration. Avoid caffeinated beverages. • Avoid close contact with well people in your house to avoid spreading the flu. • Stay at home until you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications (aspirin, Tylenol, etc.). For additional information on influenza and how you can stay healthy during the flu season, visit www.flu.gov or www.cdc.gov. For your convenience, you can also download a handy flu fact flyer from the Superior Care Home Education Center,located on our website at www.superiorcarehome.com. Flu season began in October. The peak of the season is upon us and can linger through March and beyond. Protect yourself and those you love this flu season. Get Vaccinated. Prevent the spread of germs. Get early treatment if you have flu-like symptoms.By following these simple steps,you can reduce your risk of illness,avoid hospitalization from serious complications and prevent the spread of the virus to the ones you love. ™

Flu shots are safe and cannot “give you the flu” because they are made from killed or very weakened viruses. Some people may experience mild side effects from the flu shot which can include redness, soreness, tenderness or mild swelling where the shot is given.

Prevent the Spread of Germs The second most effect way to prevent the flu is to take every day preventative actions to stop the spread of germs. ·• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.Throw used tissues in the trash immediately. ·• Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and hot water. Sing Happy Birthday two times or count slowly to 20 as you wash. ·• When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand rub. ·• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. • Try to avoid close contact with sick people. • Stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading flu to others.

If You Get the Flu…Take Action When you have flu-like symptoms, see your doctor. If you have the flu,your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs to treat your illness. Antiviral drugs are prescription medications and are not available over the counter.When taken within the first two days of the development of symptoms, they may help to

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A Gift Can Go Over Too Well by Rick Epstein

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y wife and I are about to buy Christmas gifts for our daughters who are 5,8 and 12. The best gift for any one of them would be something that would capture her interest and maybe even start her down on a whole new path. I’m imagining the sparkling eyes of little J.K. Rowling as she sits down at her first typewriter,the happy grin of young John Wayne as he puts a pudgy leg over his first stick-horse, and the childish passion of Vincent Van Gogh as he rips open a brand-new box of 64 Crayola’s. His dad probably smiled at Mrs. Van Gogh across a wrappingstrewn room and gave her a thumbs-up. And then there are gifts meant to be a Christmas Day sensation and not to take over a child’s life. When I was 7, an alert lad couldn’t put in his nine hours a day in front of the TV without seeing dozens of ads for the Blue & Gray Battle Set, a 250-piece commemoration of the War Between the States. It included a cou-

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ple hundred plastic soldiers; an exploding bunker; a ruined mansion; a few cannon; lots of horses; and even Presidents Lincoln and Davis.I’m sure my mom didn’t want me to have it. She was a pacifist, who hadn’t even let her sons have toy guns until she found us seizing them from smaller kids. And here I was asking for entire armies. I’m sure my father saw the potential for clutter and debris on a scale unknown since the real war. Maybe Dad hoped I’d get interested in history or military science. But what probably moved him was the fact that this was the first Christmas ever that I’d wanted something other than a pony. But anyway, somehow, on Christmas morning, the object of my desire awaited me under the tree. Except for brief breaks for baseball and school, I spent the rest of my childhood in our rec room shooting rubber bands


at the little plastic soldiers. For speed and accuracy, a 12-inch ruler was my weapon of choice. I usually had the TV on as I went back and forth, trading shots between the Blue and the Gray. If Dad had hoped I was a budding Eisenhower or MacArthur, he was disappointed; for me it was a game of marksmanship, not tactics. Outdoors, normal kids were riding bikes, selling lemonade, flying kites, catching bugs, flipping baseball cards, stealing comic books, defacing public property, and falling into the creek. Indoors, my right index finger, the one that held the rubber band against the ruler, would swell and throb painfully from over-use, but I didn’t care; my aim was deadly. Whenever I watch Olympians receiving their gold medals, I never have to wonder what it’s like to be the best in the world. I know. But unlike the parents of young gymnasts and figure skaters, mine did not push me toward greatness. In fact, my dad would lament,“Little Men! Always shooting the Little Men!” Or he would indict me with: “It’s criminal to be indoors on a day like this!” Because Dad watched almost no television, he would make these remarks while passing

through my theater of operations, usually en route to the laundry room. But around age 12, after I’d given almost five years to that little game, I began developing other interests. There were trees to climb, books to read, models to build, dead animals to bury and fires to set. The day I finally put down my ruler and quit at the height of my powers, was the day the sport lost one of its greats – maybe it’s only great. The Little Men, my favorite Christmas present ever, were put into a cookie tin and shelved. Except for a few of them who were needed for my experiments with fire, they are still at my dad’s house, canned and waiting. As this Christmas approaches, my daughters are drafting their wish-lists. The 5-year-old has no ideas beyond hollering, “I want that!” every time she sees a toy commercial. The two oldest girls, who are already well-equipped with bikes and dolls, tell me they want pogo-sticks, of all things. Not exactly the Bronte sisters asking Santa for Microsoft Word. But a pogo-stick couldn’t devour half a childhood. Could it? ™ Rick can be reached at rickepstein@yahoo.com.

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sk anyone who has ever seen a magic show and you’ll hear, “Magic is fun!” Not only is magic fun to watch, but it is also fun to perform. Magic can make people smile, laugh and marvel at the mysterious wonders the magician presents. This Christmas, why not share the gift of magic with your child. By working with your child to learn the tricks below, you not only help your child have fun but you will strengthen the bond between you.

First, there are some basic rules of magic that all magicians follow. Never tell how a trick is done. This is the most important rule in magic and is what makes magic special and mysterious. Good magicians never reveal or expose their secrets. Never tell your audience exactly what you are going to do before you do it. Think of opening Christmas presents – if you don’t know what is in a wrapped package, you will be surprised when you open it. Likewise, keep your audience guessing and surprise them with your next feat of magic. Never repeat a trick for the same audience. If you show the same trick again, your audience will be watching more closely because they will know what is going to happen. Practice, practice, practice! First, learn the trick inside and out. Then 64 • December2011 www.purchaseparenting.com


practice until you can do the trick smoothly. Next, practice what you will say when you are presenting the trick. Magicians call this patter. And finally, perform the trick often and make your magic entertaining. Be yourself! When you present your magic, do it your way. Don’t try to be Houdini or Criss Angel. Develop your own natural style and just be yourself. You should study these rules and review them from time to time. Remember, good magicians have been following these rules for hundreds of years, so they must be important. And now, here are some tricks to get you started!

The Linking Paper Clips

The secret lies in what your friends do not see. Unknown to your friends, you slip all four fingers under the rubber band from beneath, as illustrated in Figure 3. When you straighten out your fingers, the rubber band will automatically jump over to the last two fingers,as show in Figure 4. If you repeat this process with the rubber band starting on the last two fingers, it will hope back to the first two fingers.

Without touching a pair of paper clips, you cause them to link together! Ready for the secret? Take a dollar bill,or similar sized piece of paper, and fold it into thirds, as shown in Figure 1. Do not press it flat. Attach two paper clips to the upper edges of the bill as shown, one holding the left end together wit the center, and the other holding the right end with the center.

Walking Through a Piece of Paper

For the magical linking, pull the ends of the bill apart in the direction of the arrows. The paper clips will hop off the bill and automatically link together.

Hold up a sheet of paper and tell your friends, “I can walk right through this piece of paper!” Naturally, they won’t believe you. So, to prove it, you fold the paper in half, as shown below, and cut it along the dotted line with a pair of scissors. Be sure you cut only the dotted line

The Magical Jumping Rubber Band Amuse your friends by showing them a rubber band and wrapping it around your first two fingers as shown in Figure 2. When you straighten out your hand, the rubber band magically hopes over to your last two figures.

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area. Do not cut the sides of the paper. Next, cut slits in the paper, as shown by the lines below, being sure not to cut past the ends of the paper. When you have made all the cuts, open the paper as shown below, and step through it pulling it over your body and head.

“See,”you tell everybody,“I really did walk through this piece of paper!”

The Impossible to Break Toothpick! Place a toothpick in the middle of a handkerchief and fold the ends over to cover the toothpick. Tell your friends to listen for the ‘snap’ as you break the toothpick. SNAP! Everyone sees and hears you do it! You can even let them break the toothpick if you wish. You then shake the handkerchief and the toothpick falls out un-harmed and totally restored! Prepare this trick by placing a toothpick inside the hem of a handkerchief. This hidden toothpick is the one you break, leaving the original toothpick unhurt.

Producing a Magical Christmas Tree To perform, first show several sheets of rolled up newspaper. You then make some cuts with a pair of scissors. Next, you reach into the middle of the newspapers and begin pulling the newspapers upward and outward resulting in a tree several feet tall. The more newspapers you use, the taller the tree will be. Trees as high as 15’ tall are possible! Before You Do the Trick: Lay several sheets of newspaper on the floor so they overlap, as shown below. Remember, the more sheets you use, the taller the tree will be.

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When you are ready to perform the trick, cut the rolled newspaper tube about halfway down in three places as shown here.

As a beginner in magic, there’s one important thing to remember – your magic MUST entertain! Magic should be more than just doing tricks. Make people smile and laugh and enjoy what you are doing.They will have ™ fun and so will you! Happy Holidays!

Now, lay the scissors aside and hold the tube as shown below.

Jim Stott has been a professional magician since 1976. He is a member of the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Jim has written Birthday Magicology and Restaurant Magicology to help other magicians learn how to perform successfully. He is also the founder of The Magic Classroom at www.magicclassroom.com where professional magicians come to learn and share. Jim and his wife, Diane, reside in Kuttawa. You can visit Jim’s website at www.JimStottMagic.com.

Spread the cut paper aside and reach into the middle of the tube. Grasp the inside of the tube and pull that paper upward, which starts the tree.

Once you get several feet coming out, you can use your free hand to work the tree upward and out of the tube until it reaches its full height. Your friends will be amazed and amused!

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Age: Birth Soothing Sounds Sleep Sheep Soothe baby into a restful nap. This 12�adorable, soft sleep time pal plays four calming sounds that help drown out distracting noises. Features push button sound selection, volume control and automatic time out function. Ages birth+

Whoozit Busy Planet Chock full of stimulating colors and patterns, pieces can be joined together with Velcro

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but easily come apart to reveal the activities inside. All your baby’s favorite Whoozit characters are in there ready to play! Baby can pull them out, chew on them or throw them around. Ages birth+

Age: 3 Months Whoozit Tummy Time Arches

Friendly faces light up in time with the music, encouraging baby to follow along. This mirrored, musical tote has straps that easily attach to crib or playpens and loops for attaching toys. There are three musical modes: soothing music, stimulating music and short clips of music, encouraging baby to press buttons. Includes plush giraffe toy. Ages birth+

Keep baby happy and busy with this tummy mat that features crinkle paper, teething rings, soft fabrics and vibrant colors. Play things are at different heights to encourage reaching and exploring. 29” x 21”. Ages 3+ months

Age: 6 Months Yookidoo Tote Along Musical Mirror

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Soft and cuddly,this puppy is great for a stroller or car seat. Stretch the plush puppy and watch his colorful body crinkle and grow. Squeak his nose and rattle his tail. Ages 10+ months

Exciting, tumbling fun that kids will really enjoy! This durable wood fire station features two ramps. Place the fire chief at the top of the fire station and watch as he tumbles down the ramps, out the door and into his car. The chief also tumbles as the SUV rolls along. Ages 1+

Age: 1+ Green Toys Flatbed and Race Car Start your environmentally responsible engines! This sturdy truck hauls a sleek hot rod and has a flatbed that tilts so the cart can roll off. Made in USA from recycled plastic milk containers. Ages 1+

Ladybug Push Toy Your newly mobile toddler will push this charming ladybug wherever they go! This beautifully crafted wooden toy is finished with kid-safe, non-toxic lacquers. Ages 1+

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Pippa’s Princess Carriage Princess Pippa is getting ready for the ball! Her carriage makes realistic clippetyclop sounds as Snowdrop, her magical horse rushes her to the ball. The Fairy Godmother waves her magic wand and transforms Princess Pippa’s dress into a beautiful ball gown which she can admire in her revolving magic mirror. No Batteries required! Ages 18+ months


Age: 2+ Green Toys Tea Set Young hosts can do something good for the earth and serve up a pot of tea. Set is made from recycled milk jugs and includes four each of cups, saucers and spoons, plus a sugar bowl, creamer and teapot. Ages 2+

My First RC: Ford Go Go Mustang Classic Ford styling and the safe, soft and squeezable design combines for a really cool preschool R/C experience. Drives forward and spins in circles with the easy control of “steering wheel” style 2 button remote. Ages 2+

Age: 3+ Low Loader Hauling a steamroller and bulldozer is hard work, and this rugged wooden rig is perfect for the job! Sturdy tractor has removable trailer with a pulldown ramp for loading and unloading the 2 construction vehicles. Ages 3+

Twilight Ladybug Make bedtime fun and ease your little one’s fear of the dark by projecting a starry night sky onto bedroom ceiling and walls. Ladybug shell illuminates in three magical colors. Includes 45 minute timer. Ages 3+

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designing and building roadways for the two batter y-powered cars. Tracks are easy to snap together and take apart. Includes 20 feet of interchangeable track, 2 multidirectional connectors, 2 tunnels, a turn-around and a ramp to create spectacular jumps. Ages 3+ (NOTICE: Choking Hazard (1) not for under 3 years)

Calico Critters Caravan Family Camper When Calico Critters take off on the road, they will take the comforts of home with them. Over 35 accessories included. Ages 3+

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Age: 5+ Zoomorphs Let your imagination soar! Pieces pop together easily. Each set contains six characters. Reconstruct them in familiar forms or morph them in to fantasy creatures. All sets are interchangeable. Ages 4+ A. RD-14 Jurassicmorphs: Diplodocus, Pilosaur, Coelophysis, Rhamphorhyncus, Pterosaur, Triceratops B. RD-62 Safarimorphs: Zebra, Elephant, Lizard, Swallowtail, Parrot, Leopard. (NOTICE: Choking Hazard (1). Not for under 3 years.)

Do-Re-Mi Musical Blocks Stacking blocks and a musical instrument all in one! Eight building blocks teach kids about the orchestra, its instruments, notes positioned on the staff (the “C” scale) and more.


Each block has a musical bar on top, so when lined up, they have a xylophone. Includes a song book and two mallets, all housed in a carrying case. Ages 4+

Age: 6+ Darda Upside Down Overpass A racetrack with loop-the-loops just like a roller coaster! The sleek, self-powered race car zips along, cruising upside down through an awesome five loop corkscrew or create your own gravity-defying layout. Ages 4+ (NOTICE: Choking Hazard (1). Not for under 3 years.)

Age: 7+ ZAC ZOOB Alien Creature Inspired by kids submissions to the ZOOB online gallery, ZAC features 200 ZOOB pieces, dangling light-up eyeballs and glow-in-the-dark pieces for space fun. Set has directions for building a rocket,UFO and satellite dish. Make up tons more of your own creations. Ages 6+ (NOTICE: Choking Hazard (1,4). Not for under 3 years)

MISS BETH”S FAVORITE: Whipple Pastry Design Studio

Young Artist Essentials Gift Set Perfect for gift giving, this set is designed to delight and inspire young artists ready to graduate from crayons. Deluxe wood carrying case features a sixty-four piece assortment of drawing components. Ages 6+

Become a pastry designer! This amazing new craft crème allows you to create sweet treats that are fabulous fake food. Easy instructions teach you to use the whipple pastry bag to make swirls and twirls. Decorate 10 treats with beaks and rhinestones, wear them or share. Ages 7+

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Age 8+ Lee Middleton Dolls Cuddle Babies These 19 inch newborn babies have realistic weighted bodies, artistsculpted head, beautiful eyes and sculpted hands and feet. They make the perfect gift for that someone special in every family, offering comfort, care, and happiness -perfect for play and cuddling! Accessories available.

Nanoblock Sites to See Collection You don’t have to be an engineer to create with Nanoblocks! Construct 3D buildings with these microsized building blocks. Create a detailed replica that fits in the palm of your hand. Includes detailed color instructions. Ages 8+ a. OA-58106 Taj Mahal 420 pieces b. OA-58108 Eiffel Tower, 200 pieces c. OA-58207 Castle Neuschwanstein

Age 9+ Cap it off Jewelry Party Don’t bottle up creativity! Comes with oodles of bottle caps and 136 stickers. Includes 15 bottle caps, 15 mini bottle caps, elastic cord, tons of accessories and easy instructions. Ages 7+

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Build-a-Sports Car Man the assembly line and construct a real remote-controlled sports car from beginning to end. Wireless remote control, decals, screwdriver and lots of parts included. Astound your friends with mechanical skills! Ages 8+

A. EL-300 Snap Circuits, 300 projects B. B. EL-100 Snap Circuits Jr, 100 projects

Age 10+ CHEM C1000 New 2011 Edition Etch-A-Tag Engraver Engrave your design or name onto the metal tag or charm. Paint it and bake it in the oven. Includes battery-operated engraver, 6 metal tags, 6 chains, 8 special paint pots and paintbrush. Ages 8 +

Prepare kids for a lifetime of fascination with the science of chemistry! This kit builds a strong, broad foundation in chemistry through experiments with invisible inks, heavy metals, electrochemical reactions, kitchen chemistry and more. Use invisible inks to write a secret message.The 80-page, full color Experiment manual guides aspiring young chemists through the 75 experiments. Ages 10+

Snap Circuits Make learning electronics a “snap”. Plastic modules are color-coded to correspond with the step-by-step manual. Build projects including an AM radio, flashlight, doorbell and lots more. Ages 8+ www.purchaseparenting.com December2011 • 75


Family Games Many years ago, the term 'Family Game Night' was coined. Families began to adopt the practice of setting aside one night each week for family. No interruptions, no work meetings, no soccer games, just family - together. As time has passed, The 'Family Game Night' movement has grown and now literally millions of families around the world follow this practice. Here are some ideas and help for a family who would like to start a family game night tradition in their own family!

SpotIt! There is only one matching symbol between any 2 cards in this game. Spot it and you win! With fast action and endless fun, this unique card game is sure to become a family favorite! Ages 7+

I spy Spectacular 20th Anniversary Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of I Spy with a new family game! A 3-tier spinner stops randomly giving image clues. Riddles change with every 3-way spin. Find the matches and you’ll win! Includes 36 double-sided cards, 4 different ways to play. 2+ players, ages 5+ (Notice: Choking Hazard (1). Not for under 3 years.)

Bugged Out Players roll the die and carefully remove the bigeyed bugs one by one and place them on the top of the pile. Don’t make the pile tumble, or you’re done! 2 - 4 players. Ages 4+ (Notice: Choking Hazard (1). Not for under 3 years.) ™ 76 • December2011 www.purchaseparenting.com


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Eastwood Baptist Church by Cassie Johnson Purchase Parenting and Family Magazine

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am sure many of our readers have left this area to attend college or for a new job only to return several years later. For many people, they feel right at home from the minute they return, as if they have never left! That’s how Brother Andy Harrell, Pastor at Eastwood Baptist Church in Murray, Kentucky described his feelings. After almost 20 years away from the area he came home in 2007 to Eastwood. Eastwood Baptist Church has a strong, family oriented history. “When I was 17 years old there was a group of families who wanted to start a fundamental independent Baptist church,” he told me during our recent interview. “The families began meeting in my parents’ home. It was organized in 1977 as Eastwood Baptist Church by a church congregation in Madisonville.”Like other members, Bro. Harrell worked diligently in the church. In 1978 construction began on a new church building and

Christian school that has eventually expanded to a 12 acre campus just one mile east of Murray. Over the years they have been blessed with several buildings including a full size gym. After graduating from Bible College, Bro. Harrell served as the Assistant Pastor and worked with the youth program for five years.“I was then called to California to be an Assistant Pastor and President of a Bible College,” he explained. “Then, 19 years later, here I am again.” In January of 2007, Eastwood welcomed Bro. Harrell and his wife Bonnie back to the congregation. Bro. Harrell has been serving The Lord and preaching for 32 years. Bonnie serves as the current Principal of Eastwood Christian Academy. They have three children and two grandchildren.

Eastwood Christian Academy Eastwood Christian Academy is a very large part of

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Eastwood Baptist Church. Only one year after the church was established, the academic program began.“It is odd but wonderful that it all happened so fast,” said Bro. Harrell. “Most of the time churches get established before they start an education program, but we were blessed at Eastwood to have it happen all at once.” The school started out small, with a limited number of teachers and students. As it grew, they expanded to more of a ‘traditional’ style of teaching with the division of classes and classrooms. “Biblical principles come first, but we are a very academically respected school,” said Bro. Harrell. Eastwood Christian Academy is a part of the Tennessee Association of Christian Schools. Eastwood Christian Academy is classified as a college preparatory school offering courses that follow the state mandate for high school students preparing for college. “Our students have a very high success rate with ACT, SAT, and other test scores,” said

Bro. Harrell. They also have a boy’s basketball team, the Eastwood Warriors. Currently about 60 students are enrolled grades kindergarten through twelfth, but the school has the capacity for more. For information on Eastwood Christian Academy, visit their website at www.ecacademy.org .

Brother Andy Harrell Pastor at Eastwood Baptist Church

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The Eastwood congregation loves to volunteer Eastwood is a very volunteer driven congregation. “The people here are involved and love the church,” said Bro. Harrell. ‘Masters Men’ is a group of gentlemen who come each Wednesday to the church to mow the lawns, plant flowers, trim bushes, etc. They serve as the groundskeepers for the entire campus. Volunteers also drive the church buses and vans to pick up children as far away as Paris, TN on Sundays to bring them to church for youth programs.“There is a spirit in our church that visitors can feel, and they always feel at home and very welcome.”


Children’s and Youth programs Every Wednesday night about 30 children ages three years through sixth grade are enrolled in the Patch the Pirate Club. This program incorporates Bible lessons, verses, and music for a fun filled evening. They are encouraged to learn Bible verses each week, and taught how to incorporate Christianity into their lives at an early age. There is also a youth program for junior high through high school students that meet on Sunday evenings.

Missionary Program While the church is focused on the community, they also support about 60 missionaries every month in countries around the world such as Singapore, South America, Russia, Hong Kong,The Philippines, and many more. Eastwood supports Rock of Ages Prison Ministries, a program that reaches out to those in prison, where missionaries are sent directly into the prisons to minister to the inmates. The church motto is “Reaching people, changing lives” and the members strive to do that at home and abroad.They also support military missions and Christian Church Camps for children in the summer. Reformers Unanimous is a faith based, national program designed for substance abuse that Eastwood is proud to offer. Each Friday evening, volunteers meet with those seeking to change their lives and turn away from alcohol and drug abuse. They are encouraged to turn to the Bible rather than turning to substance abuse, and how to deal with issues in life and turn problems over to God.

Eastwood has a number of visitation programs. Three times a week individuals from the church go out into the community to knock on doors and let families know that Eastwood is there for them. Even the teenagers are involved in visitation programs, and go each week into the community to witness to fellow teens. “Few churches are like us,” said Bro. Harrell. “We stand firm on the King James Bible, take the Bible literally, and understand it is a way of life. We believe that faith is dependence on God, and if we fail to depend on God, we fail to please Him.” Bro. Harrell shared with me his own personal verse, Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him.” “If you are looking for an old fashioned, traditional church where you can hear the truth about God’s Word, please come visit us at Eastwood,” invites Bro. Harrell.“We want your life to be changed by the power of God’s Word.” Sunday school for all ages is at 10 a.m. each Sunday with morning service following at 11 a.m. Sunday evening services begin at 6 p.m. and Wednesday night worship and youth program at 7 p.m. For information about Eastwood Baptist call (270)753-1834 or visit them online at www.ebcmurray.org. ™

Fellowship programs Each month Eastwood hosts a Sunday night fellowship and different fellowships throughout the year. Anniversary Sunday is celebrated each year, and they also have picnics, Vacation Bible School, Sunday school fellowships, and other special events throughout the year. They also have an Easter and Christmas Cantata each year.

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