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am sitting at my computer looking out of the big window in my office; the trees are still bare and the lawn is still brown…spring is not here yet! I’m still in a bit of a funk after finishing my cancer treatment in November. I want to be well and as full of beans as I was before I got sick. I’m not a person who sits around and waits for the weather to improve before I get up and get active. While I heard my doctor tell me it would be several months before I was close to 100%, I thought I would bounce back a little faster than most people. Turns out I’m not that special! And I want my hair to grow...as you can see from my new picture it is about 1/2 inch long and I have dyed it blonde, (because I have never done that before and I thought it would look better than the “marble cake” effect of grey and white I had going on). I’ve been given a diagnosis of ‘stable’ as there are still a couple of lymph nodes my doctors are watching. Sounds like the state of my garden at this time of the year – stable (but not green and thriving). Yes, you can read between those lines and see I have a little frustration at still being tired some times, and still having some side effects from chemotherapy. I’m not going to stay that way for long though…spring is coming!

................................................. Editors Pick’s SparX Candies From time to time I find some new products that I think are pretty good and worthy of a mention in our editorials. Valentine’s Day revolves around the idea of paying extra attention to the ones you love and most resort to the sweetest gift of all: candy. Xlear, Inc. (pronounced “clear,”) is the leading manufacturer of xylitol based products in the US. www.xlear.com). XClear has introduced SparX; tiny bite-size fruit-flavored candies sweetened exclusively with all-natural xylitol. Xylitol is derived from natural sources, and is similar to sugar in taste and texture, but with unique health benefits not found in other natural and artificial sweeteners. Xylitol contains 40 % fewer calories than sugar, has a net carb level of only 0.4 per gram, and has minimal impact on blood-sugar levels, making it an appropriate sugar alternative for diabetics. Xylitol is absorbed slowly by the body, resulting in a low glycemic index of seven compared to sugars index of 83 (or higher). 4 • February2012 www.purchaseparenting.com

One of the primary benefits of xylitol and SparX Candy is the effects it has on the bacteria that create cavities. When exposed to as little as 15 grams of xylitol a day, the bacteria in the mouth lose their ability to stick to teeth and form plaque. Studies have proven that when combined with regular dental hygiene, regular use of xylitol gums, mints and candy can reduce dental cavities by as much as 80%.

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Our give-a-way for the second week of February will be BabyGanics products. Did you know that according to the U.S. Poison Control Centers, "A child is accidentally poisoned every 30 seconds at home!” According to the National Research Council, no toxic information is available for more than 80% of the chemicals in every day-use products. Only 1% of toxins are required to be listed on labels, because companies classify their formulas as "trade secrets."! Not only are BabyGanics ‘green’ and organic, but safe around babies and they work! Check out their full line of products at www.babyganics.com. We’ve got some of this SparX candy to give-a-way on our Facebook Page the first week of the month just in time for Valentine’s Day. The second week of the month we’re giving away BabyGanics hand sanitizer in different types and sizes, wipes and foam – ready for the nursery, the diaper bag and a handy pack for your purse! So find us on Facebook at www.facebook,com/ purchaseparenting.

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n our cover this month are Israel and Dee DeLaPaz and their lovely daughter Nikki. They are they proud owners of Casa Mexicana Mexican Restaurant in Paducah. Israel and Dee are ready to share their love of Mexican cuisine with all the patrons of their restaurant this Valentine's Day!

rant business his whole life. "Israel and I met while he was working as a waiter,"Dee explained. "We were married in 1996." Israel's career progressed and he was hired as the manager of El Maguey, a restaurant in Paducah at that time. Dee worked as a merchandiser for a major department store here in Paducah. In May of 1998 the store downsized and eliminated her position. She took at job in the restaurant where Israel worked. Unfortunately, In November of that year the restaurant was sold and they were both out of a job. "So that Thanksgiving here we were, both out of jobs and expecting our little girl Nikki," Dee explained. Israel found potential work in Ohio and the family began planning to move. "We were sitting at home one night wondering

The DeLaPaz family established Casa Mexicana in January of 1999. It is a family owned and operated Mexican style restaurant serving a selection of authentic food from every part of Mexico. "We got our start in a different kind of way, "explained Dee. "We certainly were not planning on opening our own business." Israel came to this country twenty-five years ago and got his first job as a dishwasher. He had been in the restau-

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both hard workers. We would make a go of it if he would give us a chance and lease us the building. He gave us a wonderful deal and worked with us." For Israel and Dee it was a dream come true. "We worked hard, cleaned and decorated. We got our crew back together and opening night was breath taking," Dee said. Casa Mexicana is a spacious and vibrant family restaurant located in the Strawberry Hill area behind Walmart in Paducah. It features both intimate booths and large families tables. There is a party room which can hold

and worrying what were were going to do when we received a phone call from a friend and long time customer," Dee told me. "She asked if we would be interested in opening our own business. Well, we were very excited but somewhat hesitant. Here we were scared, broke and expecting a baby. She told us to hang tight and she would get back with us. After a few days of praying and wondering, we received another call and set up a meeting with a man that I started calling our “guardian angel”…and still do. We met with him in the huge building and told him our story: We are up to 50 people and a beautiful new bar. The restaurant has a stage where performers such as local favorite Gary Bobo, perform weekly. Decorated in the traditional colors of red and green, the restaurant has a lively, fun atmosphere and efficient professional service. Casa Mexicana has a very comprehensive menu that includes both lunch and dinner specials. It's a great place for a birthday party or 'girl's night out'! Israel and Dee invite you to visit them and try one of the house specialties which include amazing beef, chicken and shrimp fajitas, and chuleta (pork chops).The menu has recently been expanded to include several new seafood dishes.

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years. "We want to say 'thank you' to our angel Charlie Saladino and all of our loyal customers who have followed and stayed with us all these years, " Dee told me. "We love you all! We also want to thank our staff. They are the very best and we could not run the restaurant without their hard work and dedication. We would also like to say a heartfelt 'thank you' to our special friend Vicki Perkins. Without all of you Casa Mexicana, our dream, would not have been possible. Most of all we thank God. He is the most important one in our lives and He keeps looking out for us."

Since it opened, Casa Mexicana has been known for its great live musical entertainment. This February "Soul Man" Gary Bobo will be performing on February 4th and 18th at 8 p.m. Live from Memphis, Joe Kent an Elvis tribute artist, will be on stage February 13th at 7 p.m. Don't forget to book your table early for Valentine's Day and of course for the Cinco de Mayo celebrations on May 5th!

Casa Mexicana is located at 4793 Village Square Drive, Suite 1 in Paducah - (270) 442-1122. Their second location is at 1832 N. Kings Highway, Cape Girardeau Mo. - (573) 335-9690. ™

Israel and Dee have opened a second restaurant, in Cape Giradeau. It's also a family affair as it is managed by their son, Mike. You can view pictures of both restaurants as well as browse their menus at www.casamexicana.com. The DeLaPaz family are very grateful for the support they have received over the past 13

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It only takes a little to BE BIG!™ In conjunction with the beloved BIG dog’s 50th anniversary in 2012 Purchase Parenting & Family Magazine and Carson Center are pleased to announce Clifford the Big Red Dog Coloring Competition. Win 2 FREE tickets to see Clifford at the Carson Center on March 23rd at 7 PM All entries must be received by February 28th to be eligible for this drawing Mail to: Clifford Contest • P.O. Box 8061 • Paducah KY 42001

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s you sit down to eat lunch or dinner and read this article it's hard to imagine that people in our community are going hungry day after day. The television bombards us with images from across the globe of people in need of food and ways we can help them but it often feels far removed from our everyday experiences. However, there is a large and growing need right here in Western Kentucky to provide meals for members of our community that are hungry. Last year Michael Terra, a Lower Town resident and ceramic artist decided to make a difference and fight local hunger. The 2011 Empty Bowls of Paducah event was a great success and now he’s getting ready for 2012. The Empty Bowls project is an international grass-roots effort to help end hunger that has been taking place in different parts of the country for over 30 years. It was started by ceramic artists who were interested in this important cause. Millions of dollars have been raised through this unique project to help fight local hunger issues. To qualify as an Empty Bowls Project the event has to include two features: Firstly the bowls have to be handmade, and secondly all of the proceeds have to go to a local solution to hunger and food insecurity. Because every Empty Bowls project is unique and created by the people in a specific community, they are all a little different. Some offer a bowl with a simple soup and piece of bread while in other locations you get a bowl and a coupon to a restaurant that will put something in that bowl. Here in Paducah, it's done in its own and unique wonderful style. Not only will you choose a handmade 12 • February2012 www.purchaseparenting.com


ceramic bowl, but you will have to opportunity to have it filled by 15 different local restaurants who have donated their talents and great food to the cause. The $15 ticket treats you to a fantastic lunch and sends you home with a bowl that you can use all year. More importantly your participation comes with the knowledge that you have personally done something to fight the pervasive problem of local hunger.

Paducah's Empty Bowls Project "My family and I have been donating to different Empty Bowls projects around the country for many years,” explained Michael Terra.“We've mailed bowls to events in other parts of the country, and have attended events when they were near where we were living.We have a personal commitment to being present in our own community and finding a way to be of service. My wife and daughter are avid volunteers and contribute their time to many things here in town. The Empty Bowls Project just another way that we as a family can support the place that we call home."

Terra explained the process. "Here in Paducah, people who make ceramic bowls can donate them to the cause. I also invite people from the community to come in and glaze the bowls that I have already made and fired once. I really want to share as much ownership of this project with as many different members of the community as possible- everyone gets to participate if they want to. It's easy to write a check, but it's much more meaningful if you actually get your hands and heart involved."

Come and glaze a bowl! Bowls will be glazed for the project at Terra's studio, Terra Cottage Ceramics, 514 N. 7th Street in Paducah, until the middle of February. You’ll get to work in the Terra’s studio - not a regular ‘paint-your-own-pottery’ place - and space at the glazing table is limited. If you would like to glaze as a group, call Terra Cottage Studios ahead of time so they can make sure there is enough space at the table for you. They do ask for a $5 donation, per bowl, to help defray the production costs. Mary Hammond, Executive Director of Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau, participated in the glazing event last year. "As the destination marketers for a creative destination, the Visitor's Bureau staff tried their hand at glazing bowls,” she explained.“It was a fun afternoon for everyone and restored our creative spirits!"

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Project.They hope to have 1,200 bowls for people to choose from and 15 different restaurants donating foods. So far local restaurants have committed to bringing not only soup but salad, desserts, jamblaya, gumbo, bread, chili and fried chicken! This will be a fantastic lunch on top of everything else! "For $15, people can choose a handmade ceramic bowl and get it filled as many times as they'd like with the foods from the restaurants,” Terra explained. “That money will go to supporting The Community Kitchen here in Paducah."

Hunger in our Area Statistics show that 1 out of 8 Americans struggle with food insecurity. I spoke with Sally Michelson, the Director of The Community Kitchen, about hunger in Western Kentucky. "We started The Community Kitchen in February of 2008,” she told me. “We served six people that first day. Last year, we served 52,000 meals! As you can see, there is hunger in Paducah. There are so many others out there that need our help and new people learn about us every day. We serve a hot meal on Monday through Friday and anyone can come through the doors and eat, no questions asked. There is no age limit to hunger and Michelson said that they feed citizens of all ages.“We've had a one week old baby during the ice storm and people all the way up into their 90's," she said. The goal of The Community Kitchen is to show the love of

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Jesus. "If people are hungry, there are other things in their lives that have been affected,” Michelson explained “Usually they're without jobs, they're losing their housing, and they're concerned about their healthcare. It affects everything, and we can see hopelessness in their eyes.We're there to give them hope as well as a hot meal, and encourage those who come into The Community Kitchen." "If you think about the fact that there's more than one kitchen providing meals in our town and The Community Kitchen alone served over 50,000 meals last year, it really tells us that there is a significant local need,” Terra added. "There are a lot of our neighbors and friends that are going hungry. It's not something that people talk about. You hear about other things, but you won't hear about the fact that somebody didn't eat today. Through this project, we can help heal a fragile and vulnerable part of our own community." For more information on Empty Bowls, contact Michael Terra at Terra Cottage Ceramics, 514 N. 7th Street, 908-0090 or visit us on Facebook at Empty Bowls Project of Paducah. www.facebook.com/emptybowlspaducah. Learn more about The Community Kitchen by contacting Sally Michelson at 519-9233 or visit them at 1225 Broadway in Paducah. ™


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Cafeteria Plans Help Your Family YearRound, but Especially at Tax Time by Robin Passante

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have a confession: When I was a fulltime employee of a fairly large media corporation, I passed on the opportunity to open a flexible spending account. Too much paperwork, I thought.Too much trouble to keep track of medical and health-related expenses, I surmised. Not worth the hassle, I reasoned. Boy was I wrong! Flexible spending accounts, also called “cafeteria plans,” have been around since the late 1970s but they were slow to catch on, presumably because of misguided people like me. A cafeteria plan allows an employee to set aside a certain amount of his

or her paycheck to pay for things like qualified medical expenses and day-care costs. To get the skinny on flexible spending accounts I spoke with Ted Mowery, partner at Gunn Mowery insurance agency. Mowery has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry and specializes in employee benefits.

What is covered? Under Section 125 of the federal tax code, an employee is allowed to set aside a certain amount of pre-tax money per paycheck to pay for a number of things: 1. Insurance premiums, co-pays and other medical-related out-of-pocket expenses. This includes a rather exhaustive list of items and procedures related to dental, medical, and vision care (including prescriptions, over-the-counter allergy and cold medicine, eyeglasses, acupuncture, birth control pills, chiropractor visits, doctor-prescribed weight loss programs, even air conditioner filters for allergy relief); 2. Dependent care (including day-care expenses, as long as it’s a qualified daycare center). The dependent care flexible-spending account is federally capped at $5,000 per year, per household.

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state, or social security taxes. That means you essentially increase your take-home pay and decrease your amount of taxable income.

Flexible Spending Account Facts:

How it works: In the beginning of your plan year you decide how much you want to have taken from each paycheck, Mowery said. Many FSA plans now come with a special debit card, called a ‘flex card’ that can be swiped at the point of service for many medical-related expenses (doctor’s appointments, drug stores).Your total contributing amount gets put on the debit card at the beginning of the year, regardless of how much you’ve contributed so far.The ‘flex card’ doesn’t recognize all qualifying expenses, though, Mowery says, so you’ll need to submit receipts to get reimbursed for some things. What’s the catch: Under most plans you lose the unused portion of your contributions at the end of the plan year. Some companies have instituted a two- or three-month grace period to give employees an extra few months to use up the money in their FSA,though Mowery says it’s rare to lose any of your hardearned cash.“There are very, very few forfeitures,”he said.“With technology today, you can access your account online and see exactly how much money you have left. If it’s near the end of the year you can go and get your teeth cleaned again, pick up more contact solution, any number of things.”

Nearly 37 million private-sector employees have access to an FSA. However, only 18 percent of eligible employees take advantage of the pretax healthcare spending provided by flexible spending arrangements. Overall, 91 percent of employers offering reimbursement accounts offer FSAs. The median amount forfeited by employees in their FSAs was $100. Source: www.chpa-info.org/pressroom/FSAs_FactsFigures.aspx

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Also if you quit or are fired during the year and have used more of your pre-set annual FSA amount than you’ve contributed, you don’t have to pay the balance. In that case, the employer picks up the tab. “The employer’s fronting the money in your FSA account. So let’s say you’re having $50 per paycheck deducted, but in February of the New Year you spend $1,000. That additional money’s coming from your employer, and they have no way of recovering that money should you leave,” Mowery said. How to get started:You have to decide how much to set aside based on an estimation of how much you think you’ll spend on medical-related expenses in one calendar year, which isn’t as hard as it sounds, and is probably quite a bit more than you think.“I tell people to go back through their debit statements and credit cards, and they’re usually amazed at how much money they spend (on medical-related things),”Mowery said. Enrollment requirements and periods vary by employer, so check with your human resources department — or whoever handles employee benefits — to get the scoop on when you can join. ™

Robyn Passante is a freelance writer and mother of two who really likes the sound of the phrase “flexible spending.”

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Headaches by Dr. Heath Schipp Active Care Chiropractic

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f you have had a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Headaches can be dull, throbbing, stabbing, nauseating, and downright debilitating. If there was only one type of headache, then treatment would be much easier, however this is not the case. Headaches come in many shapes and sizes with no simple answers. Headaches can have many “triggers” or causing agents. These include: food, loud noises, bright lights, stress, too much or too little sleep, exercise, blood pressure, alcohol, and hormonal changes. Misalignment of the bones in the neck and upper back is another overlooked problem. When these bones move out of their normal position, the nerves and blood vessels that go to the head are affected, and a headache can be triggered.

What type of headache do I have? Tension headaches are the most common headache in the United States. Tension headaches involve pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck, usually associated with muscle tightness in these areas. The headache sufferer usually has a dull, achy pain on one or both sides of their head. They can occur at any age, but are most common in adults and adolescents. If a headache occurs two or more times weekly for several months or longer, the condition is considered chronic. Tension headaches result from the contraction of neck and scalp muscles. One cause of this muscle contraction is a response to stress, depression, or anxiety. Any activity that causes the head to be held in one position for a long time without moving can cause this headache. Some examples include typing or use of computers, fine work with the hands, and the use of a microscope. Sleeping in a cold room or sleeping with the neck in an abnormal position can also trigger this type of headache. Vascular headaches include migraines and cluster headaches. These headaches have intense stabbing and throbbing pain, which occurs because the blood vessels to the head and neck rapidly dilate. Migraine sufferers can be debilitated because of the nausea, dizziness, vomiting, fatigue, and vertigo that commonly accompany the 22 • February2012 www.purchaseparenting.com


headaches. Migraines generally last from hours to a few days. Cluster headaches have similar symptoms but occur in clusters. The symptoms last from minutes to hours, but the headaches occur up to eight times a day and can last for many days. Vertebrogenic headaches are caused by problems in the neck and are felt in the head, neck, and face.Their pains are generally dull and achy. Many causes include trauma to the neck, arthritis, and poor posture which causes irritation to the vertebral nerve roots.The pain is commonly associated with muscle tension in the neck, which brings on tension headaches.

What can you do? Follow these suggestions from the ACA: • If you spend a large amount of time in one fixed position, such as in front of a computer, on a sewing machine, typing or reading, take a break and stretch for a few minutes to one hour. The stretches should take your head and neck through their comfortable range of motion. • Low-impact exercise may help relieve the pain associated with primary headaches. However, if you are prone to dull, throbbing headaches avoid heavy exercising and concentrate on activities such as walking and low-impact aerobics. • Avoid teeth clenching. The upper teeth should never touch the lowers, except when swallowing. This results in stress at the tempormandibular joints (TMJ) - these are the joints that connect your jaw to your skull which leads to TMJ irritation and tension headaches. • Consult your chiropractor if headaches come more frequently than once per month. • Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day to help avoid dehydration that can lead to headaches. • Avoid caffeine. Foods such as chocolate, coffee, sodas, and cocoa contain forms of this stimulant. • Avoid foods with a high salt or sugar content. These foods may cause migraines resulting in sensitivity to light, noise, or abrupt movements. • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages. These drinks can dehydrate you and cause headache pain. • Other headache sufferers may want to avoid not only caffeine, but also high fat foods, dairy products, red meat, and salty foods. These suggestions should help you get through the minor headache. Please consult your chiropractor if headaches persist because chiropractic has had excellent results with patients with headaches. ™ www.purchaseparenting.com February2012 • 23


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Managing Blood Pressure by Jamie Lober Purchase Parenting and Family Staff

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t’s not unusual to have high blood pressure; in fact it’s quite a normal phenomenon. “Twenty to twenty-five percent of adults in this country have high blood pressure,” explained Dr. David Hogancamp, Cardiologist at Cardiology Associates in Paducah. The way high blood pressure is defined varies because there are different opinions on the matter. “140/90 sustained would be considered high blood pressure but now some people think that even 135/80 or higher would be considered high blood pressure,” said Hogancamp. Blood pressure issues can happen to anybody. “I will not say it is genetic but there are genetic risks like if you have blood pressure elevation in your family, are overweight, sedentary or respond to stress in a certain way.”

Managing blood pressure “Usually with blood pressure, there are not a whole lot of

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symptoms unless it is terribly high,” Hogencamp told me. Individuals with high blood pressure often forget to take their medication because they do not see an immediate benefit. “Sometimes if blood pressure gets normal or relatively normal on medication, people mistakenly think they can stop taking it but the big thing is compliance with medical therapy.A good place to start is by knowing the troublesome signs.

Are you a candidate for high blood pressure? “The most common risk factor for coronary artery disease or heart disease, stroke and kidney failure is blood pressure and it can be a big factor leading to what we call congestive heart failure by damaging the heart muscle itself,” said Hogancamp. Other organs can be affected as well. It can damage your eyesight by causing vascular problems in the eyes and sometimes retinal hemorrhages. Though high blood pressure is most commonly a disease of the middle-


aged, anyone can be affected. In young people, congenital problems should be considered such as a narrowing of a blood vessel going to the kidney, or even a narrowing of the aorta called a coarctation.Unfortunately,a growing reason for high blood pressure in younger patients is being overweight

An annual physical is a must Everyone is strongly urged to have an annual physical with your doctor. “Check your blood pressure and keep track of it every month or so especially when you get into your forties and fifties,”advised Hogancamp. Remember that high blood pressure is easily treated and easy to diagnose if you make the effort to do so. It is important to be proactive and get your blood pressure checked because some of the consequences such as heart attack, stroke, blindness or kidney or heart failure are devastating. Be aware that blood pressure may be higher in the doctor’s office than it would normally be. (This is sometimes known as “white coat hypertension”.) This is quite common as people can be anxious when visiting a doctor’s office and anxiety causes your blood pressure to rise. If it is higher at the doctor’s office than at home, be extra vigilant and keep closer track of it. If it remains high, let your doctor know.

Medication is not always needed There are a few things you can do to lower your blood pressure without medicine.“You can lose weight because obesity is associated with high blood pressure risk and exercising can lower it to a certain extent,” said Hogancamp. “Some studies suggest that fish oil might lower blood pressure a little bit. Some people have said that increasing the potassium or even calcium in your diet would help. Drinking two or more drinks per day may also contribute to high blood pressure so cutting down on alcohol consumption can be a positive step.Some people’s salt or sodium intake causes their blood pressure to get high because they are sensitive to salt which makes them retain fluid.” If you try to lower your blood pressure with those methods over a period of four to six months and it does not drop to normal, you should probably start a medical or pharmacologic treatment which means medicines or pills. The medical community has come a long way since the 1960’s when blood pressure was often treated with diuretics. “With the availability of modern blood pressure medicines people are having fewer side effects,” Hogancamp told me. “We probably have sixty different medicines that we can use,” said Hogancamp. A lot of people will need to be on more than one, so a combination of medicines may be given.

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“We can give different classes of medicines to get the desired blood pressure lowering,” said Hogancamp. Treatment is tailored to the individual and everyone has a different tolerance so that not everyone can take the same medicine.

Routine monitoring at home The American Heart Association and other medical groups recommend that people with hypertension or suspected high blood pressure routinely monitor themselves. There are blood pressure monitors that you can use at home if you are more comfortable. It is advised to use an automatic, cuffstyle, bicep or upper arm monitor and be sure the cuff fits you. A pharmacist may be able to help you choose the right one by measuring around your upper arm and choosing the right sized cuff. You don't need a prescription to buy an athome blood-pressure monitor. But before spending the money you should talk with your physician about whether you need one, and check with your health-insurance carrier to determine if the cost may be covered. Good candidates for at-home monitoring include seniors, whose blood pressure can vary and people who experience a spike in blood pressure when they are tested in a doctor's office or hospital. Additionally, people with diabetes for whom tight bloodpressure control is important, should consider owning a home monitor. People need to play an active role in their own health care, and managing high blood pressure is a very important first step. Home monitoring gives patients a sense of control that motivates them to work with their doctors and stick with their treatment regimen. More patients need to monitor themselves at home, and it's important that they choose the best blood-pressure monitor for their needs, including devices that will provide accurate readings. When taking your blood pressure remember that the top number is the higher of the two and it measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats or the heart muscles contract. The bottom number is the lower of the two and it measures the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats, when the heart is resting and refilling with blood. Normal is less than 120/80 and pre-hypertension is 120139/80-89. With 140/90 or higher, you should begin prescription medication and lifestyle changes. Managing your blood pressure should be a lifelong commitment. The American Heart Association recommends the following eight strategies: Eating a better diet including reducing salt, enjoying regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress, avoiding tobacco smoke, understanding hot tub safety, complying with medication prescriptions and limiting alcohol. If you take action and show an interest in your cardiovascular health, there is no reason you cannot get your blood pressure under control. ™ 26 • February2012 www.purchaseparenting.com


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Love on a Leash by Jamie Lober Purchase Parenting and Family Staff

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f you have ever taken a second glance at a dog in the public library, or had the chance to witness a service or therapy dog in action, you may have wondered if your dog could do the same. Love on a Leash is newly forming program in Western Kentucky that welcomes furry companions to brush up on their social skills and become a mentor to others. “It is a pet therapy group that consists of canines, but cats and rabbits are also allowed,” said Melanie Watson, associate member of Love on a Leash. The only pre-requisite is that dogs must first become certified which is not always an easy undertaking.

Certification is a worthwhile process. “The pets are covered completely under insurance as they go through the steps it takes to become a therapy dog.“This is because they have to do at least ten visitations in nursing homes, schools, libraries or other suitable facilities before certification” explained Watson. Dogs must pass the canine good citizen test for which there are preparation classes if appropriate. The next class begins in March and is eight weeks long culminating in a test and hopefully, certification. There are ten items on the test. One is accepting a friendly stranger which means approaching some

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Cooper body the dog does not know. Another is sitting politely for petting and of course the test includes appearance and grooming. The dog must walk on a loose lead; they do not have to heel but should not be pulling with a taut line and they must be able to walk through a crowd. The must sit on command, stay in place and come when called. Dogs should be comfortable being around other dogs and not have socialization issue such as barking, fear etc. Dogs in the program must have a mild to no reaction to distractions such as wheelchairs, walkers loud noises or somebody jogging by.The final skill is supervised separation where the dog is separated from the owner for two to three minutes.“Usually somebody else will be holding the dog and they have to watch their owner walk away and be okay with that,” said Watson. Keep in mind that every dog is not suited for this precious work. “They have to be people-oriented, show no signs of aggression, be able to tolerate petting and touching on the paws, head or tail. Additionally, the dog must have good basic www.purchaseparenting.com February2012 • 27


ment like wheelchairs and walkers so they are not fearful.”

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Gunner obedience,” Watson emphasized. Practice makes perfect when it comes to mastering some of these skills. “We work on longer stays and try to get dogs used to equip-

An evaluation is done to ensure that the dogs are properly placed. “It does not matter if they are small or large, just that they are comfortable around people and get joy when being with them,” said Watson. Right now, there is a Goldendoodle, Golden Retriever, two Labs and an Old English Bulldog involved. Being a good fit Heidi means finding an environment in which the pet is comfortable and making sure he continues to shine at the designated skills. “Make sure you can touch his head, ears, tail and feet, keep him well-groomed and make sure he is not sensitive to sounds such as hearing pans clinging together or chairs dropping,” said Watson. For community members whose pets participate, it is a passion.“We want to make a difference through our canine friends and hope they put a smile on people’s faces,” said Watson. For readers who are not familiar with this organization, Love on a Leash is based in California but has chapters all over the country. We are lucky that one local woman is bringing it to Western Kentucky. “I really liked the program and chose it because I can evaluate the pets in facilities after they have done their controlled evaluation to make sure we do not see fears or aggression and that they can do basic obedience,” said Watson.

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Service & therapy dogs are not the same There is a difference between service dogs and therapy dogs. Service dogs have been trained by a trainer or facility to work with a person with a handicap or psychological problems. On the other hand, therapy dogs are owed by people who want to use their dog in pet facilities that will allow them. “Pet therapy has to be used for a reason but service dogs can go into stores and even on an airplane because they are needed by their owner for a purpose,” explained Watson. The benefits of therapy dogs are that they add a positive and stress reducing experience to someone’s day. “These dogs, cats and rabbits are hopefully creating a connection with a person and helping others where they can.” Anyone can raise a respectable pet but the key is to start training early. “Any dog can be trained and puppies have a sensitive period which means there is a short window,” said Watson. This is a prime time to expose them to new things. “You can extend it up to sixteen weeks of age but they can be fearful later and need to continue lots of socialization during the first year. This means exposing them to people with hats on, different ethnicities, umbrellas and letting them see a world of things. Sometimes we expose them to the same thing everyday,” said Watson. It is normal for dogs to take time to adjust. “Dogs born in the winter months for instance may be fearful of thunderstorms because they do not hear them a lot until spring and they have already passed their socialization period. On way of overcoming this type of fear is to purchase CD’s of that sound so they get used to it,” said Watson. If you are interested in working with your pet and helping Love on a Leash expand and grow, you should reach out to Melanie Watson, associate member at (270) 4084104 or visit www.loveonaleash.org. ™

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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.

February WEDNESDAY 1 Book discussion: Eli the Good, by Silas House. McCracken County Library. Noon.

THURSDAY 2 Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance (High School Curriculum). Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Erine Haase & Signature Sound – A Tribute to the Cathedrals Tour. Carson Center. 7:30 pm. 270-450-4444 or thecarsoncenter.org for tickets.

TUESDAY 7 WKCTC A La Carte Culinary Series: Picnic in the House. WKCTC Anderson Technical Building. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. $45 includes all ingredients. 270-5343335.

WEDNESDAY 8 The Metroplitan Opera: The Enchanted Island Encore. Cinemark. 6:30 pm.

THURSDAY 9 Library Evening Upstairs presents Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing. McCracken County Public Library. 7 pm. Black history special event with Daryl Harris, Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance and Northern Kentucky University. FREE.

FRIDAY10 Winter Dance Party . Carson Center. 7:30 pm. An authentic re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper’s final tour. 270-450-4444 or thecarsoncenter.org for tickets.

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Bass Fishing Weekend. Emerging Technology Center, WKCTC. Three of the top bass fisihing anglers will each teach a class on the basics of bass fishing, plus share some of their best tips for catching the most fish in this 2 day event. $199 regular admission, $179 college and high school students with student ID.

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The Metropolitan Opera: Gotterdamerung. Cinemark, Paducah. 11 am.

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. 9 am Registration. 11 am Opening Ceremonies., 11:30 am Plunging begins. For more information contact Candace Thompson at 800-633-7403 or 502-326-5002. The Official Blues Brothers Revue. WKCTC. Adults $25, Students & Children $15 Intro to Healing Ministry 101. Loving Life Healing Center. 3038 Lone Oak Road, Ste. 5, Paducah. 8:30 am – 6:00 pm. 270-554-8224.

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SUNDAY 12 Bass Fishing Weekend. Emerging Technology Center, WKCTC. Three of the top bass fishing anglers will each teach a class on the basics of bass fishing, plus share some of their best tips for catching the most fish in this 2 day event. $199 regular admission, $179 college and high school students with student ID. Classical South Indian Dance Performance. Loving Life Healing Center. . 3038 Lone Oak Road, Ste. 5, Paducah.. 2:00 pm. 270-554-8224


MONDAY 13 TUESDAY 14 WKCTC A La Carte Culinary Series: Pick of the Pantry. WKCTC Anderson Technical Building. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. $45 includes all ingredients. 270-5343335.

WEDNESDAY 15 THURSDAY 16 FRIDAY 17 Big Outdoor Show. Paducah Expo Center. 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. An expo of all things boats and Rvs. Meeting Mozart Class Act Series PSO performance. Carson Center. 9:30 am and 11:00 am. Plus, the PSO will present a “Petting Zoo Workshop” to allow students hands-on fun with the orchestral instruments. Tickets are $5 per student. RSVP to Mary Katz, 270-443-9932 or mkatz@thecarsoncenter.org. Knights of Columbus Fish Fry for “Donate Life for Doug Fund”. Knights of Columbus Hall, 6725 US Hwy 45 South, Paducah. 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Donations can be made to “Donate Life for Doug Fund”(a liver transplant fund) c/o Paducah Bank, PO Box 2600, Paducah, KY 42002. Friday Night Science for youth. WKCTC Emerging Technology Center. 5-7 pm. $20.

SATURDAY 18 Big Outdoor Show. Paducah Expo Center. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. An expo of all things boats and Rvs. Meeting Mozart PSO Concert. Carson Center. 7:30 pm. Arrive at 7:00 pm for a pre-concert performance by the Murray State Percussion Ensemble directed to John Hill. WKCTC Students and Alumni Songwriters Showcase. WKCTC Clemens Fine Art Center. 7:30 pm. $6 General Admission at the door.

SUNDAY 19 Big Outdoor Show. Paducah Expo Center. Noon – 4:00 pm. An expo of all things boats and Rvs.

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PSO Young Artist Concerto Competition Live Concert. Murray State University. Three judges will be on hand to select one finalist from each division to win a $1000 cash prize, an opportunity to perform with the PSO during a 201213 season concert, and an MSU music scholarship.

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Mardi Gras and all That Jazz. Harrah’s Metropolis Hotel, Metropolis, IL. Life Entertainment and Food and Beverages by the Region’s Best Vendors. Benefitting Lourdes Foundation. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Call 270-444-2205 or visit elourdes.com for ticket information.

WEDNESDAY 22 Stephen Curtis Chapman

THURSDAY 23 The Adventures of Nate the Great. Market House Theatre. 7:30 pm $11 Adults. $6 Children 12 and under. Rev. Howard Finster Retrospective Opening Reception. WKCTC Clemens Gallery. Free. 270-534-3212.

FRIDAY 24 The Adventures of Nate the Great. Market House Theatre. 7:30 pm $11 Adults. $6 Children 12 and under. Home Builders Association of Kentucky Home and Garden Show. Julian M. Carroll Convention Center.

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eventsccalendar Keynote Presentation: Chef Jeff Henderson. WKCTC Clemens Fine Art Center. VIP Dinner 5:00 pm. Presentation and Q&A 7 pm. Book Signing 8:15 pm. Dinner Ticket $50, Presentation: Adults $10, Students $5. 270-534-3212.

SATURDAY 25 The Adventures of Nate the Great. Market House Theatre. 2:30 pm. $11 Adults. $6 Children 12 and under. The Metropolitan Opera: Ernani Live. Cinemark. 11:55 am. Home Builders Association of Kentucky Home and Garden Show. Julian M. Carroll Convention Center. Father Daughter Dance sponsored by Paducah Symphony Orchestra. 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm. Black tie optional. This event sells out, please remember to make your reservation and payment by February 3, 2012 in order to guarantee your spot. 270-444-0065. 2012 Summer Camp & Activities Fair (see special section). WKCTC Emerging Technology Center. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Empty Bowls Project lunch. Paducah Convention Center. Noon – 4 pm. Tickets $15 for lunch and ceramic bowl to keep. Proceeds benefit Paducah’s Community Kitchen. Heart Health Fair. Atrium of Doctors Office Building 2,Western Baptist Hospital. 9:00 am – Noon. Free health screenings, including blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and EKG. No advance registration is necessary. Cal;l 270-575-2895 for more information. Carson Center Broadway Series: Blast! Carson Center. 7:30 pm. 270-450-4444 or thecarsoncenter.org for tickets.

SUNDAY 26 Super Sunday. 9th Street Tabernacle and House of Hope. Church services 11:00 am with fair following at 9th Street Location. WKCTC representatives will be on hand to talk with potential students and families about the admission process, financial aid, degree programs, high wage demand careers, and more. Contact jaskewgibson0001@kctcs.edu. The Adventures of Nate the Great. Market House Theatre. 2:30 pm. $11 Adults. $6 Children 12 and under. Home Builders Association of Kentucky Home and Garden Show. Julian M. Carroll Convention Center. Carson Center Broadway Series: Blast! Carson Center. 3:00 pm 270-450-4444 or thecarsoncenter.org for tickets.

MONDAY 27 TUESDAY 28 National Pancake Day at IHOP – each guest will receive a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in the hope for a donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities.

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

Private Lessons and Glass Art Windows, Aire Castle Stained Glass Art Studio, 435 Salem Chapel Rd. North, Benton KY. Limit 2 Students per class, schedule is set according to student availability,. Copper Foil & Solder method or Came Method For more, 270-354-5004 or www.airecastle.com/stained-glass . Doodling classes conducted by Paducah artist Bill Ford at the Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway , Paducah. 12:30 pm – 2 pm on the following Saturdays: Feb 18, March 17, April 21, May 12 and June 23. Others to be scheduled. Ages 5 and up. $25. Pre-registration required . Contact Yeiser Art Center at 270442-2453.

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THROUGH FEBRUARY 11: Teen Spirit 2012. Yeiser Art Center. Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm. FREE. 270-442-2353. www.theyeiser.org.

Sunday evening, 6 PM; Wednesday worship, 7 PM

Broadway Church of Christ.

All Natural Four-Person Exhibition Opening Reception. Yeiser Art Center. 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. FREE. 270-442-2453.

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

THROUGH APRIL 3: School Block Challenge. National Quilt Museum. Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm. $11 Adults, $9 Seniors, $5 Students, $7 groups of 10 or more. www.nationalquiltmuseum.org or 270-442-8856.

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

THROUGH MARCH 13: Quilt Journeys: Three Quilters. National Quilt Museum. Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm. $11 adults, $9 seniors; $5 Students; $7 groups of 10 or more. www.nationalquiltmuseum.org or 270-442-8856. 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.

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

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. 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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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.

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

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;

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eventsccalendar 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. 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

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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

Concord West Church of Christ-270-744-8440

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

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

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.

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

Fountain Avenue United Methodist - 443-1724

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


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2012 Summer Camps and Activities

We’re really excited about this special Camp and Activities Pullout Section of our calendar this month. It’s being published to coincide with the 2012 Summer Camp and Activities Fair which will be held at WKCTC on February 25th. Purchase Parenting & Family Magazine, together with the Challenger Learning Center, and WKCTC are sponsoring this new event to help parents find summer camps and activities for their kids. The 2012 Summer Camp and Activities Fair provides parents with information on educational programs, day camps, overnight camps, academic camps, classes, summer activities and much more. The event will be held on the campus of WKCTC in the Emerging Technology Center on Saturday, February 25, from 10 to Noon. The fair is open to the public and admission is FREE. Door prizes will be drawn throughout the day. For more information please contact WKCTC Workforce Solutions at (270) 534-3335 or the CLC at (270) 534-3097.

Ampa Summer 2012 Schedule Session 1 June 11-29: Future Stars (Ages 4 - 6 or no jazz experience). Offering Ballet, Jazz. Tuesday & Thursday Rising Stars (ages 7 - 10 or if you have had 1 year of jazz experience). Offering Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop. Tuesday & Thursday Shining Stars (ages 9 - 15 or if you have had 2 years of jazz experience). Offering Ballet,Jazz,and Hip Hop, Tuesday & Thursday. Session 2 July 9 - 20: Future Stars (ages 4 - 6 or no jazz experience) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Rising Stars (ages 7 - 10, or if you have had one year of jazz experience) - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Shining Stars (ages 9 - 13, or if you have had two years of jazz experience) - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Dancers interested in Competitive Company next season, please see the mandatory summer classes for 'up and coming' competitive dancers Ampa Musical Theatre classes : available for ages 4-18. For more information email Tressa at tressa.ampa@gmail.com Zumba offered for ages 13+ beginning June1st Check us out online at www.myampa.com, facebook or email Tressa at tressa.ampa@gmail.com. Ampa is located at 451 Jordan's Crossing

Brooks Pool Seasonally we offer Red Cross Lifeguard classes for a job so hot, it?s COOL! Participants must be at least 15 years old to qualify. Training can usually be completed in a single weekend. A child that can learn how to swim early in life can enjoy years in the water. We offer semi-private and private lessons for anyone from 6 months to 99 years young. Pool Rental for Private Parties 701 Broadway • 270-443-1778 Hours Monday - Thursday 9-1 p & 5-7 pm • Friday 9-1

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Broadway United Methodist Church 701 Broadway•Paducah

270.443.1778 Registering for summer classes now!

Camp Kum-Ba-Ya at Benton KY on beautiful Kentucky Lake June 4 to July 13, 2012 2 Sailing events will have you learning the details of Sailing. At the Sports camp you will play baseball, basketball, soccer and more. Activities for all events include swimming, fishing, canoeing, games, study, great food and meeting new friends. All camps are overnight, ranging from 2 nights to 6 nights. Cost from $65 to $265 for specialty camps. To register, contact the business office at: P O Box 1332, Madisonville, KY 42431 (270) 821-1332 • www.westareadisciples.org

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9-1 p.m. & 4-7 p.m. Friday 9-1 p.m. Friday night & Weekend rental available! Contact the pool for more details American Red Cross Swim Lessons for all ages

American Red Cross Lifeguard Classes

Camp Invention Let your child’s imagination soar! Held at Concord Elementary • June 11 - 15, 2012 • Age range - Entering Grades 1 - 6 • Cost - $190 - $215 The Camp Invention program immerses children in handson learning disguised as fun, summer activities. Children will spend their time designing inventions and exploring connections between science, technology, engineering, and innovation. Early and alumni registration discounts are available! Space limited.

Where Can You Save a City, Explore the World or Discover a Planet?

Contact information - 800-968-4332 www.campinvention.org

Let your child’s imagination soar this summer. Coming to Concord Elementary on June 11-15 from 9:00am to 3:30pm–ALL NEW ACTIVITIES FOR 2012 Register your child @ www.campinvention.org or 800.968.4332 In partnership with: United States Patent and Trademark Office © 2011 Invent Now, Inc. All rights reserved.

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“Broadway Workshop” at the Carson Center- June 4-8, 2012 Direct from New York City, home of Broadway,“Broadway Workshop” at the Carson Center gives young performers of all skill levels the opportunity to explore their creativity and perfect their craft in acting, singing and dance. Our five-day camp offers young actors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of musical theater! The “Broadway Workshop” program introduces students to some of Broadway’s most beloved musicals while offering them the chance to expand their artistic talents, learn the art of collaboration and cooperation, and build self-confidence, creative thinking and self-expression. Campers take classes in singing, dancing, and acting while learning and rehearsing ensemble-based musical numbers for a final showcase performance for friends and family on The Carson Center stage. Classes are taught by top professionals, who have worked on Broadway, in film, on TV and at theatres across the country. Week is culminated with campers getting to see a real Broadway Musical, MAMMA MIA at the Carson Center on June 11 at 7:30 PM. Ages 9-18. Time and price are TBD. “Hansel and Gretel”Summer Theater Experience- June 25-30, 2012 - The Missoula Children’s Theater will return once again to the Carson Center for an excitingweek of auditions, theater workshops, rehearsals and 2 performances of the storybook classic,“Hansel and Gretel”. Performances of “Hansel and Gretel”will be presented to the public on June 30, time TBD. Open to students, K-12. 100 Kentucky Avenue • Paducah, KY 42003 • 270.443.9932 x250 • www.thecarsoncenter.org

Camp Manitowa Camp Manitowa is the newest, co-ed overnight camp in the area. Only 75 miles from Paducah, we offer a complete range of activities including water skiing, zip line, pool, and sports. For more information and to schedule an in-home presentation please contact camp director Dan Grabel - 314.348.6412 - dan@campmanitowa.com - www.campmanitowa.com

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Girl Scout Camp of Kentucky

Harmony Road

Bear Creek Aquatic Camp - July 5 - July 8

1-Week Thematic Musical Summer Camps for ages 4 - 7 and 7 - 11 year olds and Summer Music classes for parents and children ages 18 months through 4 years.

Located near Benton,KY,this camp will let you experience things like swimming,boating,arts & crafts,playing games,eating meals in the lodge,cooking out,singing camp songs,acting in skits at campfires,learning camping and life skills,and exploring camp. However,each session also has a special focus designed for different interest and levels of experience. 4736 Barge Island Rd • Benton, KY 42025 270-354-6557 • www.gskentuckiana.org

We also have group piano classes for parents and students ages 5 - teens. Registration is required and the schedule is normally posted online in April. 2226 Broadway Street, Paducah, KY (270) 444-3669 • www.harmonyroadpaducah.com

Hooked On Science July 9th – 13th – Super Hero Science WKCTC • 6/04-6/08,Grades K-2,$90 July 16th – 20th – Junior Meteorology WKCTC • Explore the science of severe weather with "Science Guy" Jason Lindsey and learn the answers to all your severe weather questions! In this class you'll build your very own weather station, create a tornado, make it rain in the classroom, and more. 7/16-7/20, Grades 3-5, $90 July 23rd – 27th – Junior Scientist WKCTC • Your kid becomes a junior scientist as they use real science tools to do some of the coolest science experiments. Each student will help Jason in a future Hooked on Science television segment. 7/237/27, Grades 3-5, $90 jlindsey@hookedonscience.org • Phone: 573-270-7539

Harmony Road Music School

2226 Broadway, Suite 2 270.444.3669 Amy Allen, Owner/Instructor

Preschool music classes for parents and children Group piano classes for ages 5 - adult Summer camps and classes

Register for classes online now at

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HORSES, INC Boots, Bridles & Buddies camp 2012 • July 9, 10, 11 at Carson Park Morning camp 9 -noon, afternoon camp 1 - 4. $45 per person, ages 8 and above. Kids of all abilities welcome. Contact horses Inc for details 270-437-3881.

Market House Theatre upcoming classes FOOTLIGHTS, MHT’s youth acting troupes FOOTLIGHTS are Market House Theatre’s acting troupes for grades 1-12. The next session: Saturdays from April 7 - May 26 8 a.m.: Musical Theatre grades 1-5 (perf. May 26 & 27) 9 a.m.: Theatre games grades 1-5. 10 a.m.: Comedy Improvisation grades 6-8 • 11 a.m.: High School workshops SUMMER 2012 CAMPS : Disney musical theatre camp (grades 3-8) meets weekdays on June 11-22. Performances are June 22 & 23. Likely show title: WINNIE THE POOH KIDS. Participants receive classes in acting and technical theatre as well as rehearse for their show. Musical mania theatre camp (grades k-5): weekdays July 16-27. Performance July 27. Other class offerings during the summer will likely include creative drama for preschoolers, Shakespeare for kids, and more! Contact Market House Theatre at (270) 444-6828 or www.mhtplay.com for further details as plans are firmed.

Metropolis Public Library Metropolis Public Library presents "Dream Big - Read!" Summer Reading Program. The program will be held every Thursday at 6:00pm from June 14 through July 12. Activities may include programs on dreams, nocturnal animals, Animal Tales Nature’s Nightlife, and a pajama party. Registration begins May 1, 2012 for children 12 and under. All activities are free. www.metropolis.lib.il.us/

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McCracken County Cooperative Extension Service McCracken County 4-H Camp will be July 2 – 5, 2012 at the Western Kentucky 4-H Camp in Dawson Springs. Total cost of the camp is $160.00 with a $50.00 pre-registration fee required to hold a spot. Pre-Registration forms are available at the McCracken County Cooperative Extension Office at 2705 Olivet Church Road, Paducah (554-9520.) Forms are also available online at www.the4h.org. You can also pre-register on-line. Check out the camp video on our website to learn more about 4-H Camp! Our camp includes a 14-acre fresh-water lake, a high and low ropes challenge course, horse arena with 6 quarter horses, archery & riflery ranges, a swimming pool with diving board and water slide, turtle pond, multi-purpose buildings, athletic fields, a dining hall, and 23 cabins with a total capacity for 426 kids who just want to get away! Teen Conference will be June 11 – 14, 2012 at the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington. The 4-H Teen Conference program is designed to develop leadership & citizenship skills, inspire teens to continue their involvement in 4-H (you do not have to be a 4-H member) and acquaint them with our land-grant university, the University of Kentucky. Planned & designed to satisfy a wide range of interests everyone will find something that will appeal to them. Delegates choose from among several interest areas for tracks, college visits, tours, workshops, and issues seminars. Objectives accomplished through these activities, plus speakers, group living, recreation, recognition programs, election of officers, & Fashion Revue help to ensure active youth involvement. For more information contact one of the 4-H Agents at the McCracken County Cooperative Extension Office at 270-554-9520.

2705 Olivet Church Road • Paducah, KY 42001 • Office: (270) 554-9520 • www.the4h.org

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The National Quilt Museum 2012 Quilt Camp Dates The National Quilt Museum is a great place for children of all ages and backgrounds to explore their creative side. We offer a variety of fun educational offerings throughout the year. Students will expand their knowledge of math, art, design and history through quilts. Pre-scheduled school groups enjoy free admission. Quilt Camp – Beginner, June 19 – 22 • Intermediate & Advanced – June 25 – 28: Campers will make a quilt in each session, learning skills such as machine sewing, rotary cutting, and designing all while having fun & learning about quilting. Registration opens: March 15 • Contact Becky Glasby @ 270-442-8856, bglasby@quiltmuseum.org Cost per child: $40/$36 Friends • Registration due by: Friday, June 2, 2012 Beginner: Ages 5 – 10 • June 19 - 22, 9:30 AM – Noon • Ages 10 – 17 • June 19 - 22, 2:00 – 4:30 PM Intermediate: Ages 10 – 17 • June 25 - 28, 9:30 AM – Noon • (Prerequisite - minimum of 2 years of Quilt Camp) Advanced: Ages 13 – 17 • June 25 - 28, 2:00 – 4:30 PM Additional summer activities: Pillow Party – Saturday July 14, 9:30am – 12pm • Learn to make a pillowcase for your next late-night party! Make one to keep and one to donate to charity. No sewing experienced required, materials provided. Ages 11-18, max 10 people. Cost per person, $10. Kidz Day in the Arts – Saturday August 25, 10 am – 3 pm • Hands-on activities and events for kids of all ages. Community Day – free admission for all to the galleries. Educators Reception – Thursday August 30 • Open to all educators – teachers, home school, Scout leaders, 4-H, etc. Come and see how quilting can be incorporated into your lesson plans. Explore the galleries, try some of our hands-on activities and pick-up your packets for the School Block Challenge contest. Visit the website for more details. Visit the website for more information. www.QuiltMuseum.org

Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club Enrollment beginning March 1 for summer camp June 11 July 20, space is limited. $35 per child, 2 meals served daily. 8-4 Monday - Friday, Ages 6-18, expanded hours for teens. Volunteers welcome, call for info. Camp offers reading, literacy, math and writing workshops, organized games and sports, weekly field trips to the movies, library, and pool. 1125 Oscar Cross Avenue Paducah 270.443.9124 • www.ocbgc.org

Paducah Parks and Rec Playground Activity Camp: Day camp for K-5th graders. Monday – Friday,June 11 – July 27,9 am – 4 pm. Camp is free. Kidz Klub: Day camp for K-5th graders. Monday – Friday, June 4 – July 27,8 am – 5 pm. Different theme each week that includes coordinating field trip. $85 per week,pre-register. Kidz Klub Too: Intro to Day Camp for 3 – 5 years olds. Monday – Friday, 9 am – 2 pm. Includes swimming lessons. $50 per week, pre-register. More detailed information available online at www.paducahky.gov

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Paducah Regional Sportsplex Enrollment dates: Now - August, enroll by May 31 and receive a free t-shirt! Ages: 5-12 Cost: $15 half day, $30 full day, $129 per week • (for full day). Sibling discounts available Camp at the Plex in 2012! The Plex is THE place for your child to spend their summer keeping active in a climate controlled setting. Your child will play traditional sports, led by trained councelors on our indoor courts and turf. We also play a variety of group games, have a daily craft time, play on the inflatables and more! See you at the PLEX! 6525 US Highway 60, Paducah, KY • (270) 554-7539 • www.paducahregionalsportsplex.com

Rowton Indoor Tennis Center See our ad or website for Summer camp dates. We also offer clinics all summer and YOU CHOOSE the weeks. Play is indoors, no worry of rain or over exposure to the sun! We have programs available from ages 5-18. Most recently we updated our courts to include lines for 10 & under tennis using age appropriate balls, racquets, and nets! Like us on Facebook! www.rowtontennis.com

River Discovery Center Wednesdays on the Waterfront Camps for all Ages 270-575-9958 • Call EJ for information

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Three Rivers Martial Arts Awaken your potential this summer at Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy. We offer group classes for ages 5 to 14 in jiu-jitsu, and starting this spring, kid’s kickboxing. We also offer private lessons that can be scheduled at your convenience and shared with up to four people.This guarantees a personal training experience! Not only will you have fun and get in shape, the benefits from training in martial arts this summer will help you throughout the upcoming school year. www.threeriversacademy.com

Tumbletown Summer Camp

West End Country Day

Interactive learning and activity centers that include music, legos, dramatic play, sports, gymnastics, creative learning, and outside play time.

West End Country Day has plenty of recreational activities like basketball, soccer, and arts & crafts, as well as instructional activities such as karate, archery, and cooking classes. They will enjoy picnics, swimming, matinees, and downtown adventures! Join in the fun! 1-5 days/week. 6:45am – 5:30pm. Cost: $24/day (+ field trips).

2068 Rudd Spees Rd • Ledbetter (1/4 Mile from Hwy 60) 270-898-7382 or 270-519-7155

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2500 Holt Rd • Paducah, KY 270-554-7199 • www.westendcountryday.com


YMCA of Mayfield and Graves County Swim 3 times a week, 4 field trips to area attractions, weekly themed activities including a cooking lesson and science experiment, daily devotions, breakfast/lunch/snack supplied and included in the fee, organized arts/ crafts and games daily. Experienced and trained staff. Fees: Daily Drop-in: $25/day • 3-Day Non-Member: $70/week 3-Day Member: $60/week • 5-Day Non-Member: $100/week 5-Day Member: $90/Week • $5 discount for additional children $30 supple fee due at time of registration. • Fee includes a camp t-shirt Financial assistance available for those who qualify First Baptist Church of Mayfield and the YMCA • Ages: Entering K thru 8th grade Dates: Daily Monday, May 21st through Friday, July 27th Camp closed on Memorial Day and 4th of July Camp Open House on Friday, May 18th from 1-4PM at the YMCA Registration Registration begins on March 15th. Contact Pamela Hamilton at 270.247.0049 for additional information Registration packets will be available on the Y's website: www.mayfieldgravesymca.com

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By: Robin Gericke

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ven though it is still winter outside, many people have summer on their minds. Summer schedules fill up quickly, and it is good to start planning now. If you’re considering sending your child to a summer camp, here is some information you might like to know.

A Parent’s Perspective: How Do I Choose A Camp for my Child? “Summer camps are for exploration.They don’t require a huge commitment like many activities offered during the school year,” says Mary Katz, Education Director at the Carson Center.With so many camps available today, how do you choose the right one for your child? “First, make sure the camp works with your schedule. There are several camps throughout the year, so pick one that you can plan your summer around,” advised Robert Tashijian, McCracken County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth

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Development.“The next thing is to know if the camp is accredited. Have the workers received background checks? Then look at the history of the camp. How long has it been around? Have previous campers had positive experiences? You want to make sure the camp will be a safe environment for your child.”

because there is more time for creativity, hands-on learning, and more in depth teaching,”Katz added. If your child would prefer to take part in more than one interest, a traditional camp might be better for them. These are the camps that include swimming, boating, crafts, music, outdoor games, and many other activities.

Overnight Vs. Day Camp “Overnight camps can be extremely beneficial to older elementary and middle and high schools students.They create a sense of independence in the child that will carry them through to adulthood,”explained Katz.“Most kids who attend sleepover camps will report as adults that they made lifelong friends, had unforgettable experiences, and were better prepared to leave home to attend college.”The best way to see if your child is ready for an overnight camp is to ask them if they think they are ready. For some children, a week or more away from their parents might not be the best choice for them. Day camps, which are normally only a few hours a day, are good alternatives to overnight

Packing for an Overnight Camp What is one of the common things campers forget to bring to camp? Tashijian responded: “Some parents forget to pack a pillow! A pillow is very important!” Some other important items to remember to pack are a toothbrush and other hygiene items, sunscreen, bug spray, a flashlight, at least one towel, several pairs of socks, and appropriate attire for the camp your child is attending. Also, be sure to pack bedding, such as a fitted sheet,sleeping bag,and pillow.If the camp did not specify what kinds of beds they have, call and ask. Here is one vital packing tip that will make it easier on you and your child: Label everything! Simply writing your child’s initials in permanent marker on all of their belongings will help limit the number of misplaced items.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . camps. “Day camp is a good place to start for kids.They learn to meet new people and make friends quickly. Day camp participants learn to adapt to new situations and have fun learning new skills with the comfort of knowing that mom or dad will be there to take them home and let them share their day with them,” Katz told me.

Traditional vs. Educational Educational camps are the camps that specialize in one topic, such as science, drama, art, etc. “I think the benefit of an educational camp is that they can get a child interested in a new subject and help them learn a new skill or let them continue doing something that they like,”says Becky Glasby, Education Director at the National Quilt Museum. If your child is interested in a certain subject, or wants to learn more about something, an educational camp might be a good choice for them.“Material that isn’t absorbed in school can often be learned more easily in a summer camp

Letters, Notes, and Care Packages “Letters and care packages are great!” says Tashijian. “However, you must be cautious about what you write. You know your child best. Will a letter or care package remind them so much of home that they get homesick?” If you’re planning on sending a care package full of candy, see what the camp’s rules are about food in the tents or cabins. In general, letters are a good way to tell your child you miss him or her and hope they’re having fun at camp. If you’re worried your child will forget to wear sunscreen, take a shower, or other important things, remind them about it before they leave for camp. Maybe even slip a note into your child’s bag to remind them.

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feet and experience some sort of ‘buyer’s remorse’ the closer it gets to the time they must leave for camp. Almost all campers, from first timers to the most experienced campers, get a little nervous before camp. While you may want to comfort your child and cancel on camp, empathize but remain firm. In most sit-

Remember: you won’t be at camp forever, so focus on enjoying it now! • Don’t sit around doing nothing. If you’re busy with camp activities, you won’t have time to be homesick!

Responsibility If your parents are sending you to camp, they

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . uations, they will thank you later for not letting them back out. “Be prepared for your child to be hot and exhausted when they return from camp,” says Tashijian. “A good camp should wear out their campers.” And after they are rested up, your camper will want to tell you everything that happened at camp.

A Child’s Perspective: Homesickness When you go off to camp, it is okay to miss home a little. If you find yourself missing home a lot, here are some tips to get over homesickness: • Before you go to camp, practice being away from your parents by spending the night at a friend’s. • When you’re at camp, don’t spend time thinking about home. Instead, focus on the good things about camp!

trust you to be responsible. They will be more likely to let you go back to camp if you prove that you can take care of yourself at camp. • Remember to wear sunscreen and bug spray! Painful sunburn and itchy bug bites can ruin the fun of camp. • Be sure to get out of your wet swimsuit when you’re done swimming (and hang it up to dry). Once again, camp will be less fun when accompanied by a rash. • Brush your teeth, wash your hands, and take a shower. Your parents will be proud you have learned some basic hygiene practices.

How to Make New Friends Camp can seem scary if you don’t know anyone, but if you make some new friends, camp will be a lot of fun! • Be yourself.When you are yourself, you’ll meet people who like you for who you are. • Take the first step. Be bold, and don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to people. Every friend starts out as a stranger.

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Four Rivers Covenant Church – 270-444-6598 or 1-866733-7245

Lutheran Church of the Cross - 618-524-4628 2601 North Avenue, Metropolis, IL 62960

Paducah Campus: 1200 Broadway • Lakes Campus: 109 Main Street, Calvert City SUNDAY: Worship- 9:30 & 11:00am

SUNDAY SCHEDULE: Sunday School - 9 Communion 1st and 3rd Sundays)

Friendship Baptist Church of Paducah - 534-1900

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

SUNDAY: Worship Service 8:30 & 11 AM. Bible Study 9:45 AM. AWANA (children’s discipleship) 6 PM. Youth Discipleship 6 PM. Adult Discipleship 6 PM TUESDAY: Women’s Bible study, morning and evening sessions. WEDNESDAY: Children’s Choir (3 yrs - 5TH grade) 6:30 PM. Youth Bible Study 6:30 PM. Adult Prayer/Bible Study 6:30 PM

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

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

Grace Church, Int’l - 442-8949 www.gracechurchint.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.

Grace Bible Church - 554-0808

Milburn Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian - 488-2588

SATURDAY: Celebration Service, 10:30 AM and 5 PM TUESDAY: Celebration Service, 7 PM • THURSDAY: Corporate Prayer, 8:45AM SUNDAY: Celebration Service, 9:45 AM - Potluck following Sunday services. WEDNESDAY: Service, 6:30 PM

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

Harmony Baptist Church – 270-488-3115

Mt. Sterling Cumberland Presbyterian Church - 618-5642616

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

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

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.

Highland Cumberland Presbyterian Church – 554-3572

SUNDAY: Sunday School - 9:45 AM,Worship -10:45 AM,Youth and Evening 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

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

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 SUNDAY: Worship Service 10:30 AM

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

SUNDAY: 10 AM worship; 11:30 AM intergenerational Bible Study; meal following

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY: Worship Services-10:45 AM. Sunday School, 9:30 AM with classes for all ages.

Jesus Christ Little House of Prayer - 898-9875

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

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

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

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 Choir 7 PM

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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.

TUESDAY: Women's ministry 7 PM THURSDAY: Men's ministry 5:30 PM and 6:45 PM TUESDAY – FRIDAY: Biblical counseling available by appointment

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Open Door Baptist Church - 443-6522 www.theopendoorbaptistchurch.com 227 Farley Place, Paducah,

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

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

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;

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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 270-217-0400.

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, 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 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

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

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eventsccalendar 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: PSO Children’s Chorus BBQ Fundraiser featuring Buzzard Brothers BBQ. Order Deadline is February 7, 2012. Pick ,up date is February 11 from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm by Maiden Alley in downtown Paducah. An optional delivery charge of $10 can be applied if you would like to have your order delivered (within Paducah city limits only). Boston Butt (8-10lbs) $30, Prok Loin (5-6 lb) $25, Whole Slab Ribs $18,Whole Chicken $10. Please contact a Children’s Chorus member of the PSO Office at 270-444-0065 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. Open:Monday – Wednesday and Friday 7 am – 2:30 pm;Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 am to 6 pm,Saturday 8 am - Noon.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. Kentucky Grandparents who 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

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start at 8:30 AM.You can also take the GED FREE. Call to schedule a time.

Cat, dog adoptions, Project Hope “No Kill” Humane Society, 1698 W 10th St, Metropolis IL, 1-618-524-8939.

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

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 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.

be collected at the corner of the Ballard County Courthouse at 10 AM.

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

Marcella's Kitchen. Draffenville Lions Club, 262 Griggstown Road. Open: Monday Friday, 11 AM - 1 PM.FREE meals served.For more, call Grace Forte at 270-205-0223.

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

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.

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

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

THURSDAYS THROUGH MARCH 29: Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in

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.

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.

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

MONDAY - SUNDAY: Nemo Feedings. Yaya's Island, Jordan Crossing Plaza. 1 PM. 270-408-9292.

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.

Personal Finance (High School Curriculum). Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Limited space available. $100 per student,. Call 270-9946156.

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.

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eventsccalendar 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. MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY: Workforce Computer Classes. McCracken 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.

Camps, Classes & Education SEE ALSO OUR SPECIAL SUMMER CAMP SECTION Club Challenger beginning Tuesday, February 7 at Challenger Learning Center (WKCTC). Must be in 3rd – 5th grades. Registration is from January 2 – February 7 at www.clcpaducah.org. 270-534-3101 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

FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH THROUGH MAY 2: Clutterbugs. McCracken County Extension Office, 2705 Olivet Church Road, Paducah. Join this fun group focused on getting control of clutter in our lives. Meets once a month to learn simple techniques to better manage our lives. Call 270-554-9520 to join. FOURTH THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH: Alzehimer’s Support Group. Paducah Care & Rehabilitation Center, 501 N. 3rd Street in Paducah. 4:30 pm. Call Felicia Williams or Katina Wilson at 270-444-9661 for additional information. THURSDAYS THROUGH FEBRUARY 23: Weight the Reality Series. McCracken County Extension Office. 2705 Olivet Church Road, Paducah. 10 – 11:30 am. This is a course of self discover, education, skill building and support to helps adults learn to control their weight. Call 270-554-9520 to sign up.

MONDAYS THROUGH APRIL 2: Cooper Clayton Smoking Cessation Classes. Cardiac Rehab Area, Lourdes Hospital. 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. A comprehensive behavioral smoking cessation program to help people stay smoke free for the rest of their lives. Contact Janice Fondaw at 270-444-2808 or jfondaw@lourdespad.org.

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MONDAY FEBRUARY 6: Stroke Support Group. Meeting Room A, Baptist Heart Center Conference Room , Western Baptist Hospital. This group provides support for stroke survivors and their caregivers, family and friends. Light refreshments are served. Contact Deb Welsh at 270-415-7697 to register.

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

FEBRUARY 6 AND 13 (MONDAYS) FROM AND FEBRUARY 4 (SATURDAY)

Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 10 AM. For more information, contact Lyz Hornbeak at 575-1858, 331-2987 or at philelz@att.net. www.themusicclass.com

from Prepared Childbirth Classes. Meeting Room A, Doctors Office Building 2, Western Baptist Hospital. 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Monday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturday. Free class designed to help expectant parents in their second or third trimester learn about the labor and delivery process. Call 270-575-2229 to register.

MONDAYS: Musical Fingers. (Classes for all children 4 and under.) Meet at

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

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 7. Brunch Bunch , Heart Center Audirotium, Western Baptist Hospital. 11:00 am – noon. Speakers will be cardiothoracic surgeon K.Ken Ung, MD, and cardiologist Patrick Withrow, MD,Western Baptist chief medical officer. Phone 270-575-2851 or email lora.croley@bhsi.com for more information.

MONDAY - THURSDAY: Multiple Class in Yoga and Pilates covering stretch-

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9. Relaxing from Within. Atrium Classroom, Doctors

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

Office Building 2, Western Baptist Hospital. 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Free class designed to help expectant mothers become familiar with relaxation techniques. Participants are asked to bring a blanket, pillow and support person. Call 270575-2229 for more information.

FEBRUARY 13 (MONDAY) AND FEBRUARY 15 (WEDNESDAY). Diabetes Class. Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2, Western Baptist Hospital. 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Free class with a certified diabetes instructor to assist with any question ro concerns about diabetes. Call 270-575-2918 for more information. FEBRUARY 21 AND 28 (TUESDAYS): Smart Beginnings Childbirth Class. Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2, Western Baptist Hospital. 4:00 pm – 6:00 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.

MONDAY FEBRUARY 27. Sibling Class. Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Bilding 2, Western Baptist Hospital. 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Free class helps prepare children ages 2 to 9 for the arrival of a new brother or sister. Call 270-575-2229 to register. MONDAYS: Diabetes Group Sessions. Jackson Purchase Medical Center. 9 AM – noon. Registration required. FREE. Call 270-251-4580 or 1-877-554-JPMC.

ing, strength training, toning, and more . Call 444-8508 for more.

TUESDAYS: Tot Soccer (for ages 2 and a half - 4). Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 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 WEDNESDAYS: Life-Drawing Classes. The Yeiser Art Center. 6 PM. Must be 18 years old or older, bring your own supplies. For more, call 270-442-2453.

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

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eventsccalendar 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.

MONDAY – THURSDAY. Intro Kettlebell Class. Mike’s Kettlebell Club. 106 Broadway, Paducah. 6:15 pm. 270-554-8224. 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: Afterschool Martial Arts Sessions. Hwang’s Martial Arts.

their poses and have restrictions. Contact Carolyn @ 554-4466 or carolyn@truenorthyoga.com 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 MONDAY - THURSDAY: Jazzercise Classes. Paducah Jazzercise Center, Lone Oak Plaza, 3562 Lone Oak Road. 5:15 PM. For more, email paducahjazz@yahoo.com or call 270-210-1044.

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

- 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.

TUESDAY AND THURSDAY: Zumba Fitness Class. Paducah Expo Center, 1 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: Table Tennis. Ages 12+. Classroom 1, Paducah Parks. 56PM. $25. 444-8508. 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 FRIDAYS:

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Advanced Computer Virtualization Course. Emerging Technology Center. WKCTC. 9 am – 5 pm. Hands on Vmware authorized course based on Vmware ESXi 4.1 ad

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vCenter Server 4.1. Designed for individuals who have prior experience with computer networking and Microsoft or Linux operating systems. $1,200 per person. Call 270-534-3335 to register.

SATURDAYS: Intro Kettlebell Class. Mike’s Kettlebell Club. 106 Broadway,

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

Paducah. 9:00 am. 270-554-8224.

over. 443-8579

SATURDAYS: Tiger and Junior Jiu-Jitsu (ages 5 - 14). Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy, 2343 New Holt Road. Noon - 1 PM. For more, email trmaa@bellsouth.net or call 270-554-4885. www.threeriversacademy.com.

TUESDAYS: Beginning Crochet and Quilting. Senior Citizens Center. 1 PM, 2 PM. FREE. 443-8579

SATURDAYS: Kingsway Skateland. 1 - 3 PM and 3 - 5 PM, . 10 - 11:30 AM (beginner's session), $4.

Center. 11 AM - noon. $10/ session, $30/month, $35/month with Sunday Tai Chi. Call 270-210-1465 for more.

SATURDAYS: Group Training Run, West Kentucky Runners Club. Meet at Rehab Associates, Berger Road. 5 AM. 4 mile run (up to 20 if training for marathon).

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.

SATURDAYS. Kingsway Skateland. 7:30 – 11

PM.

WEDNESDAYS: Introduction to Senior Fitness Simplified. Paducah Yoga

$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, 554-7075. 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 270442-8993.

1ST & 3RD FRIDAY NIGHTS: Senior Citizens Dance - PaducahMcCracken County Senior Center. 7 - 10 PM. $5. Live music. Bring potluckstyle snack food. Drinks sold on-site. Open to the public. 50 and over. 4438579

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.

AM.

$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

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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 Layne-


Smith 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

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 Zack’s Hope SOS. Support Group for Survivors of Suicide. FOURTH THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH. Western Baptist Heart Center.6 – 7:30 PM.For more,call Linda Thompson at 270-559-3480

Multi-service Providers:

Kentucky Regional Poison Center - Kosair Children’s Hospital. 1-800-222-1222

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.

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.

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

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. Four Rivers Compassionate Friends – THIRD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH. 7 – 9 pm EXCEPT December when we join in the National Candle Lighting 2nd Sunday. 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 FREE newsletter.www.compassionatefriends.org

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

Grief Support Group – FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH. Graves County Senior Citizens Building. 11:30 am. Free grief support group sponsored by Lourdes Hopice. Contact Todd Hawkins at 270-415-3632.

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.

Lourdes Hospice Needs Volunteers:Working with hospice patients can grow your faith and

Martha's Vineyard. A ministry that prepares meals and delivers them to the less for-

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tunate 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. 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

always welcome. Come and improve your public speaking ability in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. For more info,call Clay Campbell,703-2700.

Parenting Support:

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

Lone Oak Kiwanis - Meets WEDNESDAY mornings for breakfast at Parker’s Drive Inn Restaurant, 2921 Lone Oak Road, 7 am. We welcome visitors and potential members. Breakfast is open to visitors on the first Wednesday of every month. Paducah /River City Business and Professional Women (BPW). MEETS SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH at noon at the Pasta House. Email Jessica Koverdan for 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/paducahnew-

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ou might see them everywhere, or you might only spot them occasionally: a smile here, a small ‘thank you’ there. A stranger bends over to pick up something you dropped or holds the door open for you. Sometimes you might catch a bigger one, like someone giving money to a homeless person, or secretly shoveling the snow from a neighbor’s driveway. What are these small actions I’m talking about? They’re random acts of kindness. They are small acts that don’t take much time but can make a big difference in someone’s life. Random acts of kindness make the receiver of them feel valued and make the giver feel even better.

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK) was founded in 1995 to encourage people to spread kindness in their

communities. RAK’s goal is to inspire every day individuals to make a difference in the life of others through random act of kindness. Their website (www.randomactsofk indness.org) features ideas for random acts of kindness, stories of how people have been affected by them, and inspiring quotes. RAK establishes a Random Acts of Kindness Week for each year, and this year it is the week of February 13-19.

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In today’s world, it’s easy to feel discouraged and overwhelmed with all the hardships of life. ‘I could never do anything to make a difference in the world! There is just too much trouble,’ you might think. I’m sure we have all felt this way at one time or another. While we never will be able to solve all of the world’s problems single handedly, we can still make a difference. I find that one of the best ways to lift my own mood is to give

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comers/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. 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. 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, 270-227-5225. 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.

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 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 PM. 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. 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 fami-

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. 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.

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network eventsccalendarfamilyn Listings of non-profit groups providing family-oriented services

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


Easy Random Acts of Kindness Ideas: -Hold the door open for someone: This is easy to do and is a nice gesture.

to others.Whether it is material things, time, or simply a kind word, giving to others is a great way to help ourselves feel a little better. Colossians 3:12 says,‘Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience (NIV).’ When you exhibit any of these character qualities, you are committing a random act of kindness.

Random Acts of Kindness Week

-Say ‘thank you’: Thank your cashier, waiter, etc. Everyone likes to feel appreciated. -Write an encouraging note to a friend: Is there anything better than getting a surprise letter? -Smile at the family with the crying child: What parent doesn’t like seeing some sympathy amidst frustration? -Pick up litter when you come across it: A clean earth makes for a happy planet. -Volunteer: There are many local charities that could use your help. -Leave post it notes with a happy message on them for strangers to find (in a library book, on the next paper towel in the bathroom, etc.): You can find inspiring quotes on RAK’s website. -Send a thank you note to the fire station, police office, or another place of public service: Those whose job is to help other people have earned our appreciation. -If you shop at Aldi, give away your cartand the quarter. 66 • January2012 www.purchaseparenting.com

"We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love." -Mother Teresa (1910-1997) On Random Acts of Kindness Week, from February 13-19, let’s all strive to go above and beyond our usual random acts of kindness. I would encourage everyone to purposefully and mindfully commit random acts of kindness. Let’s see if for one week, we can make our world a happier, better place. Perhaps if we hold open enough doors, say thanks enough times, and show enough kindness, we won’t need a Random Acts of Kindness Week. Maybe all acts of kindness will come naturally to us, and we will all be clothed in kindness year round. If someone shows kindness to you, and then you show it to someone else, and they pass it along too, well, it would be a great movement of kindness! One small, random act of kindness at a time, we could all work together to change the world. ™


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Youth and Music at the Paducah Symphony Orchestra

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he Paducah Symphony Orchestra (PSO) has always considered music education to be an important part of the organization’s goals and objectives. Learning to play an instrument or singing with a choir and reading music has been shown to positively impact a child’s ability to master math and other core school subjects. Internationally renowned Cellist, Yo Yo Ma, has said: “Providing music education for our children is an essential part of developing cultural literacy in this coun-

try. When people are culturally literate, it means that they can think about things on many different levels, consider things thoroughly, and make choices based upon an understanding of things spoken and unspoken. It means that people can be articulate about their ideas and feelings. It means they can promote excellence in all areas. There is no place that develops these skills like the study of music. Music enhances the education of our children by helping them make connections and

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broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children's education." It just makes sense for the PSO to build its future audience by promoting musical ability and appreciation. With that in mind the PSO has been expanding the number of events and activities for children and youth that they support. If you have a child interested in music or you want to get them excited about playing an instrument there are several events and concerts taking place this February.

"Meeting Mozart" Class Acts Series "Meeting Mozart" is an event that school-aged children will love to participate in! This program takes a unique look into

the life and times of the composer Mozart and the man behind the music. It will explore his compositions, and how his music changed the world. ‘Mozart’ (portrayed by an actor) will narrate be onstage with the full Paducah Symphony Orchestra to talk about his life story and music. The event will takes place at the Carson Center and there are two separate matinee performances. As the audience gets to know Mozart, students will see a glimpse of life in the 1700's and also witness the transformation of this music. "Meeting Mozart" Class Acts Series will take place on Friday, February 17th at 9:30 a.m., and 11:00 a.m., at the Carson Center in Paducah. For more information, contact Mary Katz at the Carson Center at (270) 443-9932 or mkatz@thecarsoncenter.org The PSO will also present a ‘Petting Zoo Workshop’ at the Carson Center on the day of the even. It will feature handson fun with the orchestral instruments students will see played on stage. Please note that space will be limited so additional reservations are required for this activity

"Meeting Mozart" Concert On February 18th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Carson Center, the PSO will present "Meeting Mozart," a concert that tells the real life story of one of the greatest composers of all time. It will give audiences some answers as to who killed Mozart and who was the black-clad stranger? If you've ever wanted to know, come and meet Wolfgang himself as he joins the symphony on stage and lets us in on all the mysteries of his wonderful but short life. Arrive at 7:00 p.m. for a pre-concert performance by the Murray State Percussion Ensemble, directed by John Hill.The ensemble is a multiple-year international award-winning ensemble that is comprised of 12 music majors performing on the marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, bells, and chimes.

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you a spectacular event that showcases the talent of today's youth. The competition began in 1993 to highlight the best high school musicians from Kentucky and surrounding states and to give them an incentive to hone their special talents as a soloist with a symphony orchestra. The deadline for applying this year has already passed but the final competition for both divisions will be held on February 19th at Murray State University. Three judges will be on hand to select the top performer from each division. They will receive a $1,000 cash prize, an invitation to perform as guest soloist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra during a 2012-13 season concert, and (if eligible), a music scholarship to Murray State University. Only one movement of a concerto, or equivalent (approximately 15 minutes), will be performed by each soloist. Students will be performing from memory with standard symphony orchestra accompaniment. This free event is open to the public.

The string orchestra is directed and conducted by Ms. Patty Story, owner of Symphony Supply and String Orchestra Director at St. Mary middle and high school. Ms. Story has been the principal Violist with the PSO and orchestra member since 1985. “There are currently two orchestras,” she explained. “One is an advanced group and the second, a feeder orchestra. The students of the advanced group generally are taking private lessons, have played four or more years and are able to play with advanced techniques. The feeder group is comprised of students who have played three years or less, may have less ensemble experience, may not have started private lessons, but want to explore playing in a group.” The Youth String Orchestra meets once a week, every Monday night at St Mary High school, in the orchestra room. If you have a child that is interested in this new program please contact Patty Story through the PSO office to arrange for an audition.

Children's Chorus Barbecue Fundraiser "The Young Artist Concerto Competition has some amazing young musicians this year,” explained Leigh Ann Renfro, Artistic Services Manager for the Paducah Symphony Orchestra.“We have more applicants than ever before, coming from as close as Paducah to cities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and more. The concert for finalists on February 19th at Murray State will be a showcase of some very talented young performers with exceptional musical potential." If you want to inspire your budding artist to excel at his or her musical endeavors then be sure to bring them to Murray to listen to these wonderful young musicians.

The PSO Father Daughter Dance This year marks the 17th year of this PSO fundraising event. The optional black tie affair will take place on February 25th at 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Country Club of Paducah. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time (February 3rd in order to guarantee a spot). This event sells out, so act fast!

The PSO Youth String Orchestra

The PSO Children’s Chorus provides an opportunity for young people to sing on stage with a full symphony orchestra.This year, the PSO Children’s Chorus will be hosting a barbecue fundraiser (provided by Buzzard Brothers BBQ) which will benefit the children's chorus. Buzzard Brothers BBQ will offer lots of great food choices including Boston butt (8 10lb) for $30, pork loin (5 - 6lb) for $25, a whole slab of ribs for $18, or a whole chicken for $10. The deadline for ordering is February 7th, and pick up will be February 11th from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in downtown Paducah. For those of you who would love to support the Children's Chorus and eat some barbecue without having to leave the house, an optional delivery charge of $10 can be applied if you would like it delivered to your home or office. (The delivery service will only apply to areas within the city of Paducah). To place an order, please contact a Children’s Chorus member or the PSO Office. For more information about any of these activities and events, contact the Paducah Symphony Orchestra at (270) 444-0065 or visit them at www.paducahsymphony.org. ™

The Youth String Orchestra is a new endeavor for the orchestra this year. The mission of the PSO to bring the rewards of great music to a growing and diverse regional audience.With the PSO Youth String Orchestra the symphony begins to fill the gap for regional instrumental students who might only have private lessons and no ensemble to play in, or for those students who want to be in a group with a larger mix of students than their school music program offers. There has long been the professional orchestra, the adult choir and a youth choir program, and now it is time to provide an outlet for students interested in instrumental performance.

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Dad’s Valentine’s Day Lament by Rick Epstein

...and Amanda goes: ‘If you won’t come to the skating rink tonight, you’ll have to find yourself a new girlfriend!’ And HE is like:‘But my dad’s taking me bowling.’ So she tells him she’s like DUMPING him. Justin isn’t the ONLY cute fifth-grade boy in the school. Matt likes her too, you know, and he–” My oldest daughter Marie was having a sleep-over and the burgeoning sexuality in her room had blasted her door open to release this bulletin on Justin’s fall from grace. One of the girls discovered that security had been breached and quickly closed the hatch. I’d like to say that it was not my daughter who is quoted above, but she and her friends all sound alike when they are together, so I can only hope. A year before, all boys had been gross pigs; now every day seems to be Valentine’s Day. Last year, Feb. 14th was barely noted; this year, with the vol-

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canic eruption of young love, it promises to be the Last Day of Pompeii. Maybe it’s normal for girls to go boy-crazy this early. I never had any sisters, so I wouldn’t know. But, what about the boys who are apparently involving themselves in these premature liaisons? I know a little bit about fifthgrade boys, but it seems my information is out of date. When I was a kid, boys did not permit each other to show an interest in girls until seventh or eighth grade at least. A liking for girls was regarded as a kind of perversion. You could just as easily say to another guy, “Does Kathy’s smile haunt you the way it does me?” as you could confide,“Guess what! I’ve got my mom’s underwear on today!” A mocking chorus of “Ricky has a girlfriend” or “Rick and Mary sittin’ in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G...” would inflict pain and humiliation like nothing else since tarand-feathers. Anthropologists call this the enforcement of a cultural norm. But I’m 45 years old now, and


only my wife really cares whether I have a healthy interest in girls. So I can finally admit to having illicit feelings for a girl in my fifth-grade class, Pam Wintermute. She was cute and I liked her. (There! I’ve said it!) But I was just society’s child. Back then I could only tell her: “Welcome back, Enos!” That was my line of dialogue in a scene we shared in an American history pageant. She played a monkey who had just returned from a NASA space mission, and I was a guy in a white lab coat. I would open the space capsule (a gray-painted refrigerator box), speak my greeting, put my hands around her waist and help her leap out. She had the kind of natural beauty that was only enhanced by a monkey suit and monkey makeup. (Our teacher apparently knew it would be a sin to hide her classically perky features behind a monkey mask.) Our love scene was about nine seconds long, but it was rehearsed many times, and each time was a breath-taking voyage into exotic and forbidden waters. I could have played Guy in Lab Coat to her Enos the Monkey until the timbers of the stage rotted through and the all-purpose room crumbled to dust around us. But dress rehearsal was our last pas de deux. During the actual performance, I was still in the boys’ room scrubbing off my mustache from an earlier appearance as Teddy Roosevelt, when it was time to welcome Enos back to Earth. So Bruce Harrell filled in for me, still wearing breeches and stockings from his Boston Tea Party scene. I felt that he made a mockery out of the most beautiful moment in American history and I’ve hated him ever since.

brother Jim came up to Pam and announced, “Ricky LIKES you!” Pam looked at me and I blushed, unable to speak. The only face that could’ve been redder and hotter than mine was Joan of Arc’s while she was being burned at the stake.Thank God, there were no witnesses; I would’ve had to kill them. My brother, having dropped his bombshell, disappeared. Pam and I finished the bulletin board in strained silence. I felt like one of the burning, sinking gray battleships that I was stapling into place. It was a new “day of infamy.” I did not beat Jim up that evening although he deserved it. He had taken something beautiful and poured salt on it. A mere beating would have trivialized his crime. Embarrassed and fearing scandal, I stayed away from women for a long time after that, living on the memories of my special moments with Pam, her slim waist and her long furry tail. She moved out of town the next summer, and that helped. Now, its 35 years later and I’m the father of three girls who is vainly trying to keep them out of the boy-girl demolition derby for as long as possible. And right when I’ve been counting on their help, a whole generation of fifth-grade boys seems to have lost its sense of decorum and manliness. More infamy. ™

Although I never would have spoken to Pam out of character, we were thrown together once again when we were assigned to set up a bulletin board commemorating Pearl Harbor Day – what Franklin Roosevelt described as “a day of infamy” after the Japanese dive-bombed our fleet. Pam and I were in the classroom after school, cutting airplanes, ships and big letters out of construction paper, when my little

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Romantic Dinner on a Dime

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night out on the town for Valentine’s Day is a bit overrated. Not only do busy parents feel the pressure to find a babysitter and beat the crowds to the restaurant, but they also have a weighty tab to contend with at the end of the night. Beat the Valentine Budget blues by preparing a quiet, yet romantic meal at home. And gentleman – it doesn’t have to be up to the ladies. Try preparing this meal yourself with my simple instructions and ‘wow’ your special someone this year!.

But before you cook, here are a few things to remember… 1. Take care of the kids Put the kids to bed early – or eat late – and have a nice dinner at home. Consider shuttling them off to the grandparents or a friend’s house for an overnighter. Couples

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can trade off and return the favor the next weekend. Worst case scenario: Feed the kids first, turn on a movie, and then go eat dinner in your room.

2. Set the scene Remember that fine china that you got as a wedding present and never use? Pull it out and set a pretty table. Put together a playlist of your favorite love songs and walk down memory lane, listening to old tunes. Dim the lights. Don a dress or a blouse – without kids stains. Make the evening special, even if you stay home.

3. Enjoy a romantic meal What’s more romantic than Chicken Parmesan? Pair it with homemade marinara sauce, spaghetti, garlic bread, and a Caesar salad. End the meal with double chocolate biscotti and a cup of decaf.


4. Shop first Make sure you have ALL the ingredients you need to make this delicious meal BEFORE you start cooking.

a baking sheet and spray the tops lightly with non-stick spray. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the coating is crisp and the chicken is cooked through. Juices should run clear.

Chicken Parmesan

Serve with pasta, pouring sauce over top and sprinkling with cheese.

Marinara Sauce 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots 1/2 cup finely chopped onions 2 cups tomato sauce 2 cups canned, diced tomatoes 2 teaspoons dried basil 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper* 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup buttermilk 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (made from the heels of a loaf of bread) 1/2 teaspoon each salt, dried basil, dried oregano nonstick cooking spray 2 cups heated marinara sauce 1 pound pasta, cooked according to package directions grated Parmesan cheese Preheat the oven to 375°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a shallow dish, combine the buttermilk, garlic powder, and black pepper. Rinse the chicken breasts and allow them to marinate in the buttermilk mixture. Meanwhile, combine the bread crumbs, salt and spices.

In a medium sauce pan, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the carrots and onions. Over medium-low heat, sauté the vegetables, covered, until very tender, about 10 minutes.

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Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, basil, crushed red pepper, salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine. Simmer for one hour or until vegetables are soft. *The crushed red pepper gives the sauce a nice kick.But,if you prefer, you can reduce this amount of pepper to tone down the spiciness.

Easy Caesar Salad the juice of one lemon 1 garlic clove, minced 1/2 cup olive oil 1 head romaine lettuce, washed, torn into bite-sized pieces, and chilled until ready to serve 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan 1 cup croutons freshly ground black pepper In a small glass jar or bowl combine lemon juice, and garlic. Blend well. Add olive oil and shake or whisk well to combine. In a large salad bowl, place the lettuce and toss with the dressing. Sprinkle the cheese over the lettuce and add the croutons. Toss again. Season the salad with pepper, according to your tastes. Serve immediately.

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Garlic Bread 1 large loaf French bread, sliced lengthwise 1 stick or 1/2 cup butter, softened 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes In a small mixing bowl, combine butter, garlic and parsley flakes. Spread in thick layer over bread. Place the bread under the broiler and broil for 1-3 minutes until browned. This can burn quickly, so pay careful attention.


Double Chocolate Biscotti

3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup dark brown sugar 1 3/4 cups unbleached flour 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips Preheat oven to 300°. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment. In large bowl, place eggs and vanilla extract and beat with a hand mixer. Blend in the sugar. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix to blend. Stir in chocolate chips. Spoon the batter into one long log down the center of the parchment. Bake for 50 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Leave oven set to 300°. Wait 5-10 minutes, and then slice the large cookie log crosswise into 1/2 inch slices. Place the slices on the cookie sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Turn the cookie slices over and bake another 25 minutes. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container. ™

Jessica Fisher is enraptured by her husband and six kids. A parenting and food writer, she can be found at www.lifeasmom.com and www.goodcheapeats.com. She is currently writing a cookbook for the Harvard Common Press.

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Seasonal Safety for Seniors by Parkview Nursing & Rehabilitation Paducah

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he weather is cold and wet, the grandchildren bundled up like the ‘Michelin Man’, and Jack Frost is nipping at your nose! The winter season is here! Though

taking time to reconnect with loved ones, relax indoors and drink hot cocoa should be high priorities on your winter checklist—so should your health and well-being. Make sure you follow safety precautions to avoid any sickness, mishaps or injuries that could ruin your winter fun.

Avoid pitfalls One in every three adults age 65 and older falls annually. These falls can lead to devastating injuries such as hip fractures and head trauma. Hence, it is important for seniors to know how to avoid falls, particularly during the winter months, when most people are cooped up indoors. Start by exercising your leg muscles on a regular basis, which can help improve balance. You should also ask your doctor to review your medicines with you, both prescription and overthe-counter. By doing this, you may be able to reduce side effects that cause dizziness or drowsiness. Next, visit your eye doctor at least once a year to update your eyeglasses, which will help increase your vision capabilities. Then, make sure your home is safe by reducing any tripping hazards, items lying around the house, and add grab bars, railings and better lighting.To lower your chances of experiencing a fall, you should also make sure you get an adequate amount of calcium and vitamin D in your diet, engage in programs that let you attempt weight-bearing exercises, and get screened and treated for osteoporosis.

Avoid slippery slopes During the winter months especially, sidewalks and parking lots can become iced-over, making them extremely dangerous to walk on. In order to reduce your risk of falling while outside, follow these simple tips: • Wear boots, and avoid going out in shoes with smooth surfaces. • Stay cautious when walking. Take your time and don't get in a hurry. • Avoid carrying heavy loads which may make you lose your balance.

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should avoid shoveling snow if it all possible. However, if you must, make sure to follow these simple steps in order to have a safer experience: • Dress in layers to protect yourself from the frigid temperature. • Limber up before you begin. • Try pushing as much snow as you can out of the way before lifting it. • If you must lift, use your legs, and try to keep pressure off your back. • Take frequent breaks and rest. • Use a snow blower.

Reduce fire hazards House fires are one of the leading causes of senior fatalities during the winter months. Improper use of small heaters and other heat-emitting devices are the most common reasons these fires start. To better protect yourself and your home from a house fire, keep all cloth-like materials away from your heater, stay away from kerosene heaters or using stoves to heat your home, and make sure your smoke alarms are in working order.

These ailments can lead to side effects such as a weakened immune system and respiratory and heart issues. To lessen your chances of coming down with a winter bug make sure to get your flu shot and always wash your hands with soap and warm water before eating. Also, remember to bundle up. Especially in seniors, prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can lead to hypothermia. Make sure to always wear layers such as hats and gloves when leaving the house, keep your heat on or wrap yourself in a thick blanket when staying indoors, turn off all heating appliances when leaving the house, and, if it all possible, invest in safer oil or electric heaters. Winter is a time to have fun and experience the joys of family and friendship. However, always remember that your health is just as much at risk during these cool, festive months as it is during the harsh months of summer. Always follow precautionary measures before heading outside, and remember—safety first, fun second! For more information on keeping safe this winter, please visit www.senioryears.com, www.botsford.org, www.pennmed.com and www.browardcaregivers.com ™

Keep healthy and cold-free With the cold weather oftentimes comes viruses and illness.

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tand-alone digital cameras and the cameras built into today's smart phones and portable media players are the most convenient way ever to take and share images with others. But cameras have been on the market since 1839, and many of the same techniques for creating quality photos developed since then are still relevant today. This doesn't prevent many people from taking, and displaying, really bad photos.Taking really good photos isn't difficult but does require a little understanding of lighting, color, and composition.

Lighting Ultimately, photos are made of massless particles of light called photons, which emanate from the sun, from indoor lighting, and from a flash on your camera or held independently. When it comes to lighting, many snap shooters are in the dark. Common mistakes include photos that are washed out with too much light or muddy with too little, that feature a sub-

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ject that's washed out or too muddy or that are out of focus. Outside, try to shoot with the sun behind you or to the side. When photographing people, the shade is ideal. Avoid positioning people so they have to squint. If the sun is behind your subject, turn on the camera's flash to avoid creating an overdark subject and an over-bright background. The best photographic light is in the early morning and late afternoon. Inside or outside, try to keep the camera steady to avoid out-offocus shots. Squeeze your elbows to your sides and hold your breath when shooting. If your subject isn't in the center of the shot, first point to your subject, press the shutter halfway to lock the focus, point the camera back, then press the shutter down completely. If you want a lighter photo, focus on a darker area, and vice versa. If possible, with close-up portraits and still life such as flowers, use a tripod, or place the camera on a table or bureau.


Color Photos taken inside of subjects illuminated with most light bulbs can have an off-color orange cast because cameras are preconfigured for the "color temperature" of the sun. You can prevent this by changing your camera's "white balance" setting, if your camera permits, using special "daylight-balanced" light bulbs, or placing your subject by a window. Using a flash can also prevent orange photos taken inside, though it can make your subject unnaturally bright and the background unnaturally dark and cause red eye. You can try holding a small mirror in front of the flash at a 45-degree angle or taping a small piece of tracing paper over the flash.

Image editing programs also let you add fun and creative special effects, from combining photos into a montage to making a photo look like an oil painting. But to make your subjects look their best, and to make you look your best, it's always better to start with good images in the first place. ™

Reid Goldsborough is a syndicated columnist and author of the book Straight Talk About the Information Superhighway. He can be reached at reidgold@comcast.net or www.reidgoldsborough.com.

Composition How you position your subjects and yourself and what you choose to include in the photo, called composition, is another crucial aspect of good photography that's often overlooked. A frequent mistake is to shoot too far away from your subject. Try to fill the camera's screen or viewfinder with your subject and minimize the foreground and background. You'll get sharper results by moving in closer than by using your camera's zoom mode. Crouch to take photos of children and pets at their eye level to avoid unflattering angles, shadows, and distortion. Pay attention to the background. Avoid situations where telephone poles, trees, and signs seem to be growing out of your subject's head as well as other background that's cluttered or distracting.

Editing Even if you've paid attention to lighting, color, and composition, sometimes a photo will turn out to be less than ideal. Image editing programs such as Adobe Photoshop Elements and Paint Shop Pro can often quickly correct problems, making the small time invested in using one worth it before putting photos up on Facebook or a photo sharing site such as Snapfish (www.snapfish.com) or Shutterfly (www.shutterfly.com). You can correct mistakes in exposure by lightening or darkening all or parts of an image or by increasing contrast. Sometimes fuzzy photos can be improved enough to use with a sharpening tool. You can correct mistakes in color through the color balance or saturation tools. The red-eye feature can greatly improve the quality of photos of people. You can correct mistakes in composition by cropping out excessive space in the front, back, or sides of your subject or by eliminating distracting elements. www.purchaseparenting.com February2012 • 79


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