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We believe you deserve the same expert heart care here as people in Nashville or Louisville.

We believe a new hybrid operating room, to be added during our expansion of the region’s most comprehensive heart center, makes it easier to heal, even when you need two or more procedures performed during one surgery.

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une is here and the kids are out of school. It’s already hot outside but the yard is green and full of flowers….roll on the lazy days of summer! Of course, for many parents summer means additional child care, and trying to juggle work and the expectations of a busy family life. We’re got a great feature this month on Zoos and Aquariums in our region. Perhaps, some of you will be able to take a day out of town and visit one of them. My mother was a huge fan of getting out for the day and visiting places: Historic homes, zoos, museums and even parks that were several miles away and that we didn’t visit very often. I have many memories of sunny summer days, and picnic lunches with my sister and friends. Not surprisingly, I have been to every one of the places we mention in the article. I really encourage you to spend time with your family this summer. It’s worth the cost of the gas to get out and make great memories from you and your children from your day out…even if it’s a trip to the park in other cities in our region.

Here’s a few of my personal tips about the article. While St. Louis Zoo is free, it can be very hard to park there in the summer. You will need to allow time to park away from the main parking lot and walk! Take advantage of the evenings hours on the weekend. The Aquarium in Chattanooga is fantastic and worth every bit of the 5 hour drive. It’s probably not a day trip but it would be a great two-day adventure. There are lots of great things to do in Chattanooga, and the downtown motels are plentiful and not too expensive. Cincinnati Zoo is amazing, but again, it’s probably a two day trip. Nashville and Memphis are both do-able in a day and there’s a lot of family fun to be had in both cities.

On a personal note, and because I know that many of the magazines readers have been following my health updates, a few words about the blonde hair! It’s interesting how your hair, especially for women I think, can make a huge difference in your self-confidence and attitude. When my hair first started to grow back after I finished my chemotherapy it was platinum, fine and curly! Hair on my head meant I was recovering and gave me a big boost. I thought it looked cute – kind of Annie Lenox-ish! Then it turned a dark shade of charcoal gray, and became thicker and thicker. It grew in a giant swirl from the crown of my head and curled obnoxiously around my neck as if I had one of my grandmother’s perms! My stylist suggested that we try a brown/red shade so that I didn’t notice the curls and swirls as much. I liked it when I left the salon, but a few days later I realized that the platinum hair had made me feel kind youthful; dare I say sexy! The more I looked at that red hair the less alive I fact that, coupled with a few extra pounds from celebrating that I could taste food again, and a sluggish metabolism from the sudden onset of menopause, and I was downright depressed. A couple of weeks later I stood in front of the mirror and gave myself a good “talking to”. I went on a strict diet, increased my exercise and went back to the salon. The blonde is back, although I have to say that my faithful stylist is a bit concerned that those chemo curls won’t take much more bleach! As we celebrate Father’s Day this month. I can’t help but wonder what my dad would have thought of my short, platinum hair? He liked it best when my hair was long and dark brown. As a small child I remember he used to dry it with a big towel in front of the fireplace, after I had my bath. He passed away a couple of years ago but I can still hear his voice saying, “You should grow it!” We wish all our male readers a Happy Father’s Day; whether you are a dad, grandfather or stepfather and I hope you enjoy the father’s day articles in this month’s magazine.

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tableofcontents features New Haven Assisted Living . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Your Guide to Zoos and Aquariums by: Robin Gericke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 McCracken County 4H Camp by: Crystal Engler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Laniya’s Nurturing Hand by: Brandy Chandler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51

departments activecare Caring for Your Neck by: Dr. Heath Schipp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

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communityevents Roadie the Reading Bus by: Crystal Engler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Singapore Math Programs by: Robin Gericke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Looking for Summer Fun? Check out Market House Theatre’s Summer Schedule by: Crystal Engler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

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n our cover this month are Wayne and Trinidad McGee, their twenty-month-old daughter Grace, and one of their six horses, ‘Dollar’. They are the proud owners of New Haven Assisted Living; a unique collection of smaller, specialized assisted living facilities located throughout the state of Kentucky. New Haven facilities are located in Paducah, Kevil, Marion, Princeton and there are two in Franklin. Each has a local feel and special features which make living there as close to ‘home’ as the McGees and their staff can accomplish. “Each New Haven location is a unique community where the staff and clients care about each other,” Wayne told me during a recent interview. The first New Haven facility opened in Franklin, Kentucky in 2000. Wayne’s mother, Frances McGee, was always the caregiver of the family but after a stroke she needed help in order to live at home. Wayne explained that finding quality care givers proved to be harder then he imagined. “It was important to us that mom was provided with reliable, caring support from someone that had a genuine interest in her well-being,” he explained. Wayne became convinced that what he needed to do was to build a facility that would meet the needs of people just like his mother, and was determined to build an assisted living facility that someone as special as his mother would be happy to live in. Personalized care is the benchmark at New Haven. “We are proud to have one of the highest staff to client ratios in the country,” Trinidad told me. “Nationally, you will find an average of one member of staff to between 13 and 20 clients. New Haven has at least two staff members for every 11 clients (or less). Of course all our locations are state licensed and inspected, and our employees receive the usual state and national training, and certification. New Haven wants to go above and beyond the standard care so we provide additional training and orientation for all staff members. This is to ensure that clients get the best care possible that’s as close to ‘home’ as the McGees and their staff can accomplish - the care you would want your mother or father to receive. Every employee is given a drug test and their background checked. Our New Haven @ Home caregivers are bonded and insured.” ‘This article is paid advertising and the information contained therein is provided by the featured individual or business. They are solely responsible for its accuracy.’

New Haven Assisted Living facilities provide care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Their facilities have both private rooms and suites which can accommodate married couples. Residents are encouraged to bring personal items and furniture with them to New Haven. “Studies have shown the importance of having personal items around when you move to an assisted living facility,” McGee told me. “It really helps to ease the transition. We are pleased to accommodate whatever can fit safely into their rooms.” Some clients need more daily care then others and New Haven Assisted Living locations can help provide that continuous care which makes their clients lives comfortable and safe. “The main criterion for our clients is that they can be safely assisted from the building in the event of emergency,” explained Wayne. “As long as that’s possible we can offer a ‘safe haven’ at New Haven! The McGees and the New Haven staff take a very personal approach to caring for their clients. “Not everyone wants to eat breakfast at 7 a.m.,” Wayne explained. “We have some clients who want cereal at 5 a.m., and others that prefer to take it easy until later and then eat bacon and eggs. We offer whatever they want for breakfast, pretty much whenever they want it. Lunches and dinner are home cooked meals, and we’re proud of our Christmas dinners each year when we invite all the clients’ family members, and show off our family recipes.” Last year Lew Jetton played music for all those in attendance.

Hew Haven @ Home The cost of long term residential care for a loved one can be expensive and additionally, many families are trying to manage their lives so that Mom or Dad can stay at home for as long as feasibly possible. To meet the increased demand New Haven has expanded its Hew Haven @ Home services. “Our trained and knowledgeable staff can provide care for your loved one in their home,” Trinidad explained. “Our caregivers can be there from between 4 to 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.” This is a wonderful service and there are many, many situations where such a flexible home care service is invaluable. “If you would like someone to check on a loved one during the day while you are at work, take them to the grocery store, to church, to the library or physical therapy, we can provide a trained and caring person to do that,” explained June2012 • 9

Trinidad. New Haven @ Home staff can cook a simple meal or assist a client to accomplish simple domestic tasks. ”We try very hard to match our caregivers to our clients,” Trinidad continued. “One example might be caring for an individual with early onset Alzheimers whose grandchild lives too far away to visit regularly. Matching the client with a care giver who is the approximate age or with the same hair color of their granddaughter might make all the difference in communication and interaction for that client. Many people recovering from illness or surgery have physical therapy or home health visiting them a couple of days a week and need support for those remaining four to five days. “Old people don’t want to be thought of as ‘old’,” Wayne said. “They sometimes feel uncomfortable with a ‘sitter’, dressed in scrubs taking them out or accompanying them. Our staff wears everyday clothing and can be thought of as a friend or companion. It’s nice to hear our clients say things such as ‘I’m going to run around with my friend today and do some errands.’ It reduces embarrassment and that feeling of dependency.”

New Haven Companion Care Being in a nursing home can be very stressful and lonely for an elderly person or someone recovering from a stroke, surgery or accident. New Haven care givers are welcome at many local skilled nursing facilities providing supplemental care. “We work with the medical facility very closely but we

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are not there to provide nursing care, judge or criticize,” Trinidad explained. Our care companions provide peace of mind and additional comfort in situations where a family member cannot be there 24/7. For instance, we assist a devoted son who, because of his job, is just not able to visit his mother every evening. She might want her nails painted, or her hair fixed, or just to chat or play cards. He knows that even when he is unable to check on her, the New Haven staff member will be there to provide that added layer of security. New Haven works work with private insurance, government programs and accept clients who receive veteran’s benefits. New Haven Assisted Living facilities offer respite care and temporary accommodations for the elderly during holidays or when family members are unavailable. Each facility does this on a space available basis Wayne and Trinidad invite you to call and arrange a visit to any of the New Haven locations. As Wayne told me, “Our family will be honored to help take care of your family.” For more information please visit their website at may also call Wayne or Trinidad McGee at (270) 559-1131 or email The McGees and the staff of New Haven Assisted Living are always pleased to talk with you about the specific needs of a loved one and to show you around one of their beautiful facilities. v

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his summer, many families are looking for less expensive alternatives to a typical ‘summer vacation.’ The price of gas, hotel rooms, etc. quickly adds up when you go on an extended vacation to a faraway destination. Day trips are a great way to add fun and variety to your summer without subtracting too much from your wallet. Since June is Zoo and Aquarium Month, it is a great time to visit some of these surrounding animal attractions. In 1913, the Zoological Society of St. Louis was given more than 70 acres of land to build a city zoo. Today, the St. Louis zoo now exhibits over 655 species of animals.

The St. Louis Zoo Distance: 190 miles Travel Time: 3½ hours Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Sunday Admission: FREE! ($15 parking)

What Makes It Special! At ‘Caribbean Cove’ you can touch a stingray and pet a shark as they swim through a 17,000 gallon tank. Don’t worry, the barbs are removed from the stingrays and the sharks are small, shy, and don’t pose danger to humans. Horse shoe crabs also swim along in this habitat. The cost of this special exhibit is $3.

New Exhibits On June 30, the Zoo is opening a new exhibit called ‘Sea Lion Landing.’ This new 10,400 square foot exhibit will house eleven sea lions. The most exciting part of this new exhibit is that you will have the chance to view the sea lions’ underwater environment as you walk through a clear 35 foot long tunnel. This is the first exhibit like it in North America. The whole family will enjoy watching the sea lions swim around them! The exhibit also features an outdoor pool, rocky outcroppings, a 40 foot wide underwater viewing window, and a shallow beach where the sea lions sunbathe. For more information, visit

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Nashville Zoo Distance: 145 miles Travel Time: 2½ hours Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: Children 2-12: $10, Adults: $15 ($5 Parking) The Nashville Zoo was founded in 1990. It moved to its current location at Grassmere, 200 acres of land donated by the Croft sisters, in 1996.

What Makes It Special! If you love history, be sure to visit the Historic Croft Home, built in 1810. You can take a guided tour through the halls of this home every half hour after 10 a.m. You will learn the history of the property and view some of the original furniture and book collection. “Everything in our zoo is of natural origin,” says Jim Bartoo of the Nashville Zoo. “We have a lot of trees and shaded paths, and you won’t see a lot of containment around the animals. People always comment on how the zoo looks like a natural park.”

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you cool. “One exciting thing about Ice Day is that you can walk through the zoo and see icy treats being fed to the animals,” Bartoo says. This is a free event, included in zoo admission.

New Exhibit DinoTrek, a new exhibit featuring fourteen life size robotic dinosaurs that move, hiss, spit, and roar, is sure to be an exciting adventure. Docents are located throughout the exhibit and will share fun facts about these extinct reptiles. Children can practice their paleontology in the DinoDig section of the exhibit. Tickets for DinoTrek are $4. For more information, visit

Memphis Zoo Distance: 200 miles Travel Time: 3 ½ hours Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Children 2-11: $10, Adults: $15 ($5 parking) The Memphis Zoo was established in 1906. The Zoo, which started out with 23 cages and a row of concrete bear dens, has grown into an impressive attraction with eighteen exhibits and 3500 animals.

What Makes It Special! The Memphis Zoo is one of the few zoos in America that has an exhibit devoted to nocturnal animals. In Animals of the Night, daylight hours are reversed so you can observe how these nighttime creatures live. The exhibit is home to a wide variety of nocturnal animals and over 400 bats. For an experience similar to Yellowstone, head to Teton Trek, an exhibit inspired by the National Park. The entrance to the exhibit features a 60 foot tall log cabin and a geyser that sprays water up to 30 feet high. Once you are inside the exhibit, you can observe grizzly bears, timber wolves, elk, and many other animals while walking along a wooden boardwalk.

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“We always have new babies in our exhibits,” says Laura Doty of the Memphis Zoo. “Currently, we have ten prairie dog babies, as well as a penguin chick and a six month old Sulawesi Macaque. The prairie dogs can be found in our Once Upon A Farm exhibit. The penguin chick is out and about on Penguin Rock and the Macaque is found in Primate Canyon.” “The Memphis Zoo is a great place to bring the whole family and enjoy each other's company. We hope to see you soon!” Doty says. For more information about the Zoo, visit

Louisville Zoo Distance: 215 miles Travel Time: 3½ hours Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in June and July Cost: Children 3-11: $10.50, Adults: $13.95 For 43 years, the Louisville Zoo has been dedicated to family fun and animal conservation. The ‘State Zoo of Kentucky’ is now home to over 1700 animals.

What Makes It Special! The Louisville Zoo is home to a unique exhibit called Glacier Run. Made to look like a small gold mining town on the edge of the arctic wilderness, visitors to Glacier Run will get a feel of the tundra. The exhibit is home to grizzly bears, polar bears, seals, and sea lions. The ‘town’ features viewing windows that make it seem like the bears are really wandering around town. You can also explore the habitat of a gorilla in the Gorilla Forest exhibit. Home to 11 Western Lowland gorillas and two pygmy hippos, this fascinating exhibit won the American Association of Zoo and Aquariums 2003 Exhibit Award.

Special Offer The Louisville Zoo has a special gift to all fathers this summer: On Father’s Day (June 17), dads get into the zoo for free!

Summer Event On August 4 and 5, you can learn about how important water is to life on earth. The Louisville Water Company will have several stations with hands on activities and kid friendly information set up throughout the zoo. Several special guests, like Spider-Man, Frog and Toad, and Scuffy the Tugboat will also take part in the fun of Water Wows! For more information, go to

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens Distance: 340 miles Time: 3½ hours Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Children 2-12: $10, Teens and Adults: $15 ($8 parking) The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens was founded in 1873 and officially opened its doors in 1875, making it the second oldest zoo in America. Over 1.2 million people visit the Zoo annually.

What Makes It Special The Cincinnati Zoo has been home to the rare white tiger since the 1970s. The Zoo also has white lions in its collection. They are related to lions from the first pride of white lions found is South Africa. White lions can be found in Siegfried & Roy's White Lion exhibit. White tigers will be displayed in the all new Cat Canyon, opening June 30. Planted in the Zoo’s extensive gardens are over 3,000 different kinds of plants. Thousands of flowering tree and shrubs add color to the summer.

Special Offer As a way of saying ‘thank you’ to all of its visitors, the Cincinnati Zoo offers half price admission and Parking on August 24, 25, and 26.

Summer Programs Every day, the Zoo features a wide selection on Animal Encounters. Zookeepers teach you about the specific animal, and you can even help feed a few of them! For more information and times, go to

Tennessee Aquarium Distance: 270 miles Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: Children 3-12: $14.95, Adult: $24.95 Rated as one of the best things to do in Chattanooga, the Tennessee Aquarium is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. It is home to over 10,000 animals.

What Makes It Special “Everything!” replied Thom Benson of the Tennessee Aquarium. “One thing that differentiates us from other aquariums is our focus on freshwater. We have two separate buildings: River Journey is dedicated to freshwater species while Ocean Journey is dedicated to salt water species.” The Tennessee Aquarium also has more turtle species than any other zoo or aquarium in America.

New Exhibits For the first time ever in America, you can view huge freshwater fish all in one tank. In collaboration with National Geographic, the Aquarium opened this new exhibit, River Giants. Giant whiptail rays from Australia, alligator gar, seven foot long lake surgeon, and paddle fish are just a few of the unique mega fish this exhibit holds. “We hope families have fun, and we hope the take away is that freshwater is our most important resource,” Benson says. “We want to encourage people to be fascinated, become connected, and look for things they can do around the home to conserve water.” For more information, go to Even though an extended vacation might not be in your plans this summer, I would encourage families to visit one of these zoos or aquariums this summer. Through visiting one of these attractions, you can learn more about the natural world around you. Just because you may not be able to travel to the African Savannah, the rainforest, the tundra, or the ocean doesn’t mean you can’t learn about the animals that live there. Zoos and aquariums provide you with the unique v experience of being able to travel the world in a day.

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by: Crystal Engler

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ummer camp is a time when children can learn new things, experience a little bit of independence, and enjoy nature. This year, the West Kentucky 4H Camp is filled with excitement. It's important for children to develop leadership, decision making skills, learn about nature, healthy living, and cooperation. Summer camp can offer all of these things to children in a very short time frame.

Superheroes Camp The West Kentucky 4H Camp offers a large, 450 acre facility serving 37 counties in Western Kentucky. It is located in Dawson Springs, (Hopkins County) Kentucky, just off the Western Kentucky Parkway. The camp is home to eight weeks of 4H Summer Camps throughout the season. The facility includes a 14-acre freshwater lake, a high and low ropes challenge course, archery and riflery ranges, a swimming pool, multi-purpose buildings, athletic fields, a dining hall, and 22 cabins with a total capacity of 422 children. It's accredited by the American Campers Association and funded in part by the University of Kentucky. This year, the theme is "Superheroes." I spoke with Robert Tashjian, 4H Youth Development Agent for McCracken County, about the camp. "The theme is going to be building on character. With superheroes, they possess courage, an ability to June2012 • 17

stand up for things that are right and what they believe in, an ability to help others, and they make sure they take care of themselves, as well. We're hoping to instill these and other positive values in those who attend." Every kid will get a chance to come as their favorite superhero, because there will be a night when they can dress up as a superhero such as Spiderman, Batman, or the Avengers!

Fun for Everybody! Campers choose from a wide variety of activities available each day. Among these are activities such as horseback riding, zip lines, volleyball, crafts, disc golf, robotics, tie dye, fishing, ultimate Frisbee, swimming and cooking. Some mornings begin with a ‘polar bear plunge’ in the swimming pool, where campers can get up early and take a dip in the pool to get refreshed. But be warned, campers, the 'polar bear plunge' doesn't count for your daily bath or shower! The camp has a low camper to staff ration of 7 to 1, a fully trained EMT on site, and a camp health center. There is also a chef to prepare all the meals. All volunteers and staff must undergo a rigorous reference and background check. Spots are still available, so sign up soon! Tashjian hopes to have a great turnout this year and in years to come. "Our goal is to bring as many children from McCracken County, but if children have a friend or group of friends from another county or state, all they have to do is invite them, and they're welcome to be a part of the experience of 4H Camp."

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This year, since camp takes place over the fourth of July and there’s going to be a fireworks show for the kids. The camp will do all the work and all the children have to do is enjoy the show!

processed. A late fee will be applied to any balance due after June 1st. For more information, please call the McCracken County Extension Office at (270) 554-9520. v

How to register 4H Camp runs from July 2 – 5th, 2012. Kids aged from 8 – 14 are eligible, and the camp is co-ed. The cost is $160 per person. You can register on line at or go to the McCracken County Extension Office. In order to be fully registered for camp, you must complete the full health and registration packet you will receive after the form has been June2012 • 19


POD by Stephen Wallenfels by Julie Hart McCracken County Public Library


ince Independence Day (the movie, not the holiday) came out, summer has been a great time to ponder the end of the world brought to you by not so friendly aliens. The sky is clear until the air and people’s brains are filled with a loud, high pitch screeching followed by the appearance of black round space ships covering the skies. Josh, whose 16th birthday falls after the invasion begins, names the black pearl shaped space ships, POD or Pearls of Death. There is no army, no planes, and no counter attack. At their first appearance, the war is over. In the newly controlled world, animals move around with freedom while humans are trapped inside. Where ever you are when the invasion started, is where you will remain; that lesson comes fast and brutally. Any person

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Events and Activities Noble Park Fish Out – Sat, June 2 @ 9am Concerts in the Park – Fridays @ 7:00 pm Hershey Track & Field – Thurs, June 7 @ 3:00 pm Adult Kickball League – Thurs June 7 @ 6:00 pm Bikes on Broadway – Sun, June 10 @ 1:00 pm Movie in the Park – Thur, June 21 @ dusk Adult Volleyball – Tues, June 26 @ 6:00 pm Paducah Summer Games – Fri-Sat, June 28-30

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wandering into the open will be dispatched by a blue and white flash. The next step in the invasion plans arrives after another high screech takes out all of the electronics - anything running on batteries including cars, phones, water, and pace makers. The invasion of Earth is portrayed through the lives of Josh and his engineer father in Prosser, Washington. Trapped in their home, the only freedom they see are the deer, dogs, and other creatures walking around unharmed. With a sky full of black PODS, Josh thinks of the need the visitors have for a small town, what is happening in the larger cities? Mom has gone to a conference and her fate is unknown. Communications went down with the first screech. Dad meticulously lists what is necessary for survival including filling everything in the house that will hold water. Food is cautiously and some time disgustingly rationed. Josh makes friends with a girl in the apartment building across the street by writing her notes in text. Then the fires start, the food and water run out and their beloved Golden Retriever vanishes into a neighbor’s house. In Los Angeles, the other observer is Megs, an 11 year old girl, whose mother left her alone in a car in the parking garage of a cheap motel for an early morning “job interview”. Mom never returns. Skills developed from a brief lifetime of running from mom’s boyfriends morph into the ability to survive. For Megs, the danger is not only from the sky. The danger in the hotel garage is a pair of sadistic goons looking for valuables of a different sort. The story swings back and forth quickly to both characters always leaving you wanting to know just a little more about the dog or the cat or the neighbor until the very final page of the book. This is a quick read with short chapters but be warned you will not sleep during reading this. It is that good. I cannot say with certainty if this is an adult book or a young adult book, but both ages will want to claim it for their own. It is an innocent enough looking paperback book on the library shelves written by a first time author, Stephen Wallenfels. The title is innocent enough, too, POD. Originally the book was published in e-form but the quality will make v you want more…in whatever form.



This is where a title would go that was LONGer than most of our titles!

by Carissa Smith

Paducah Independent

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Caring for Your Neck by Dr. Heath Schipp Active Care Chiropractic


ost people don’t give a second thought to the many functions the body performs on a daily basis, until they get sick. For this reason, many people wait to see a chiropractor. There are five dangerous words that doctors hear all the time from their patients who delay coming in: “maybe it will go away.” The problem is it never does, and then the patient is in worse shape when they come in to the office. What most people don’t know is that the cervical spine (neck) is the most complicated articular system in the body. If you suffer an injury to the neck, the results of that injury can be widespread across the whole body. Your neck should allow you to bend, twist, and turn freely without pain, stiffness, or discomfort. Neck pain or stiffness is the first symptom to show when someone’s neck is out of alignment. This area of your spine moves over 600 times an hour, whether you are awake or asleep. Neck pain is a common complaint and is responsible for lost productivity in the workplace and at home. Loss of sleep, fatigue, mood changes, and other problems commonly occur because of neck pain. When the spinal nerves that come from the neck become irritated or compressed, they can also cause pain into the shoulder, the arm, cause tingling or numbness, and contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome (which may cause weakness, numbness, or tingling in the hands). Neck injuries are the major underlying cause of chronic headaches, resulting over 18 million office visits to doctors every year in the U.S. Common causes of neck problems are accidents such as falls, sports injuries, or whiplash injuries from auto accidents. Poor posture, weak muscles, stress, everyday wear and tear, joint problems, and degeneration also contribute to neck problems. A chiropractor is the doctor for you if you are experiencing neck pain. A chiropractor is highly trained in chiropractic adjustment methods to treat neck pain. An adjustment reduces the irritation of the delicate nerves, reduces muscle

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spasm, and increases mobility and circulation so the body can heal itself. What should you do to keep your neck and back healthy, after your injury is healed? Be sure you have proper posture and good sleeping position. You should sleep on your back with a supportive pillow under your neck to maintain the normal curve of the neck. When you’re trying to fight spinal injuries, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. These tips may help you prevent a spinal problem before it starts. Playing Sports: Take time to warm up slowly before the game. Increase your heart rate with calisthenics, flexibility exercises, or light running. When you start to break a sweat, your body is at the correct temperature to stretch tendons and muscles. In The Home: When you wash dishes, don’t stand with both feet flat on the floor. Instead, raise one foot higher than the other by placing it on a short step, and then redistribute some of your weight by leaning against the counter. Try this: open the cabinet beneath the sink, bend your knee, and put your foot on the lowest shelf. When you are resting or watching TV, don’t use the arm of the sofa as a pillow. The angle is too sharp for your neck. When picking up a child, don’t bend at the waist. Squat with your back straight, keep the child close to you, and use your legs and arms to lift. In The Yard: When mowing the grass, push the mower straight ahead of you. Avoid twisting and turning motions. If you must lift, bend your knees and let your arms and legs do the work, not your back. Stand as erect as possible. Take frequent breaks to avoid muscle strain. Before gardening, exercise to warm up. Stretching is important in preventing injuries. Kneel instead of bending. Alternate your weight as much as possible to balance the muscles used. Then cool down when you’re finished with exercises and a short walk. When raking leaves, stand in a scissor position, reversing your legs often. Bend at the knees if you need to pick up grass and leaves, not at the waist. Make small piles to decrease back strain. For mowing, use your weight to push the mower. Whenever possible, use tools that are ergonomically correct for the job. Utilization of these tips can save you many unhappy visits to the doctor. Remember, prevention is the key to a healthy spine. However, if you are currently experiencing neck pain make an appointment with your chiropractor to determine v what is causing it and how to get rid of it. June2012 • 23


June is Bustin’ Out All Over! by Carol C. Ullerich Purchase Area Master Gardeners


ince 1999, the Purchase Area Master Gardener Association (PAMGA) has organized a standard flower show as part of the McCracken County Fair. The 2012 version is once again sponsored by PAMGA, with assistance from Open Gate Garden Club and Perennial Gardener’s Garden Club. Staged in Floral Hall at Carson Park, this year’s theme is “June is Bustin’ Out All Over!” The show runs June 25 through June 30. Open to the public each day from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., a $2.00 general admission ticket to the fairgrounds is required to view the exhibit, except on Thursday, June 28, between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m., when the design competition may be viewed for free. Anyone can enter the flower show, but all design entries must be pre-registered by contacting or (270) 443-8884. The deadline for entry is June 15th. Container grown entries should be pre-

registered by contacting or (270) 898-7798. The show schedule may be viewed at: If you have questions regarding the show, please contact the McCracken County Extension Office at (270) 554-9520.

Horticulture Division Entries in the horticulture division will be accepted Monday, June 25, between 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. To enter cut plant material, all an exhibitor need bring is a fresh, home-grown plant specimen in good condition, clean, and free of pests and disease. Depending upon the plant, a single flower, leaf or branch is exhibited. A single hosta leaf or single hydrangea bloom would be displayed as cut plant material, but an entire orchid in bloom would be displayed as a container grown plant. Bottles for displaying cut plant material, as well as wedging material and water, are provided. All entries should be correctly labeled with scientific names or currently accepted scientific identification for educational value. Cut plant material will be removed from Floral Hall on Thursday morning to prepare for the design competition. Containers will be displayed for the duration of the show and must be retrieved on Monday morning, July 2. Exhibitors may enter multiple specimens in a class, so long as each entry is a different species, variety, cultivar, type or color. Exhibitors are limited to 12 entries.

The following cut plant material will be accepted for judging: Annuals: Zinnia; Coleus; Marigold; Impatiens; Begonia; Nicotiana; Lantana; Sunflower. Perennials – Flowering: Coreopsis; Liatris; Coneflower - cultivar; Phlox; Hemerocallis; Standard – yellow; Standard – orange; Standard - all other colors; Miniature (less than 3"); Rudbeckia – cultivar; Daisy. Roses: Hybrid Tea; Floribunda; Grandiflora; Shrub rose. Wildflowers: species only, no cultivars: Spiderwort; Wild Ginger; Butterfly Weed; Black-eyed Susan; Bee Balm. Bulbs, Corms and Tubers: Gladiolus; Calla Lily; Asiatic or Oriental lily; Allium; Dahlia; Caladium. Hosta Leaf: Small – leaf width up to 3” across; Medium – leaf width 3“-6”; Large – leaf width 6“-8”; Extra-large – leaf width over 8”. 24 • June2012

Ferns: Christmas Fern; Lady Fern; Japanese Painted Fern; Sensitive Fern; Cinnamon Fern; Ostrich Fern; Maidenhair Fern; Autumn Fern. Herbs: Basil; Sage; Parsley; Thyme; Rosemary; Lavender; Oregano; Scented Geranium; Mint; Lamb’s Ear; Lemon Balm; Bay. Grasses (with or without inflorescence or seed head; measured from cut end to tip, including those with inflorescence or seed heads): Minimal – 12 inches or less; Small – 2-3 feet; Medium – 5-7 feet; Large – not to exceed 12 feet. Vines: Trumpet Vine; Clematis; Hyacinth Bean; Sweet Pea. Trees & Shrubs (with or without flowers, compound leaves must be complete): Broadleaf Evergreen Tree; Broadleaf Evergreen Shrub; Needled Evergreen Tree; Needled Evergreen Shrub; Deciduous Tree; Deciduous Shrub: a) Hydrangea; b) Any other. Items not listed by name may be entered as “any other.”

Container Grown Plants Hanging containers are not accepted. Containers may not exceed 16” in any direction. Containers must have been grown by the exhibitor for at least 90 days. The following container grown plants will be accepted for judging: African violet; Begonia; Geranium; Orchid; Succulent/ Cactus; Topiary; Combination Planting (grown together by exhibitor for six weeks): a) Herbs; b) Flowering plants; c) Foliage/ferns; d) Mixed plants; and, Vegetables Grown in Containers.

Design Division The Design Division is where the show’s theme is most evident. The unifying element of the 2012 show is the month of June and all designs should evoke the class title, although not in a literal way. The Show Committee has written the schedule to attract first-time exhibitors who may be interested, but afraid to enter. Those without prior flower show experience should find June2012 • 25

never won a blue ribbon for design in a flower show. Entries in this class may be of any type, but must not exceed 8” in height, width or depth. “Bride’s Kitchen Shower” was created especially for first-time exhibitors but is open to everyone. Entries in this class may evoke any type of design, so long as they incorporate a kitchen container, utensil or gadget. Think of using a colander or fondue pot as a container and filling it with foliage. “Flag Day” is a creative line mass design in red, white and blue. While designs in this class use the colors of the American flag, no actual flag or representation of the flag may be used in the entry. An example would be red roses and white branches presented in a blue vase. Each entry will be displayed on a pedestal provided by the Show Committee. Design line direction will be dominant in this design. “Tea for a June Bride” is a Type II Exhibition Table. It is described as an artistic arrangement of table components suitable for use on a dining table. It is staged in a white painted frame provided by the Show Committee. “Bustin’ Out!” is a collage. It is described as an abstract creative design in low relief bonded on a background panel, combining low-relief plant material with non-plant material and found objects.

the schedule intriguing and inviting, even without knowledge of the principles of floral design. Judging is based on a 100 point scale - up to 20 points are awarded for adherence to the schedule; up to 42 points for design; up to 12 points for artistic concept; up to 10 points for expression; and up to 16 points for distinction.

Finally, “Father’s Day” is a still life design containing a grouping of objects and plant material that tell a story or interpret a theme. Objects used should dominate, be true to function, and be realistic in size, form and color. To honor the dad who’s an angler, consider pairing a split-willow creel with a fishing pole as the basis for a design.

Ribbons & Premiums Design entries will be accepted Thursday, June 28, between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Exhibitors may enter multiple classes, but only one exhibit per class. Entries must be the work of a single exhibitor, except for the exhibition table which may be the work of a club or group. The use of fresh plant material is encouraged and some plant material, whether fresh and/or dried, must be used in each design. Artificial flowers, foliage, fruits and vegetables are prohibited. The show features seven classes. “June Bug” is just for youth, defined as kindergarten through high school age. A “June Bug” may be any type of design so long as it does not exceed 8” in height, width or depth. “Pearl, June’s Birthstone,” is a similar class open only to adults who have 26 • June2012

Entries in both divisions will be evaluated using the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Standard System of Awarding. Blue Ribbon Winners receive $8.00; Red Ribbon Winners receive $6.00; Yellow Ribbon Winners receive $4.00; and White Ribbon Winners receive $2.00. A Sweepstakes Ribbon and $15.00 will be awarded to the adult exhibitor earning the most blue ribbons in Horticulture and in Design. A Best of Show Ribbon and $15.00 will be awarded for cut plants and adult design. A Grower’s Choice Award of $15.00 will be given to the best Container Grown entry. Ribbons and prize money will be forfeited if not collected on Monday, July 2, between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. v Carol Ullerich is President of PAMGA, a member of the Garden Writers Association, and a frequent contributor to Purchase Parenting & Family Magazine.




Roadie the Reading Bus by Crystal Engler Purchase Parenting & Family Staff


ne of the most important gifts a child can receive is the love for reading. It's something they carry with them throughout life. Not only does it help with academic progress, it can transport them to another world, teach them valuable lessons, and foster creativity. Paducah Public School System's Head Start has created a valuable asset to our community: Roadie the Reading Bus. Francis Smith, Director for the Head Start program, was given the opportunity to obtain a bus that the school system was going to retire. Since it was purchased with Head

Start money, she was notified first and took the opportunity to "recycle" the old bus into a magical creation. I spoke with Smith about this wonderful project. "My interest is simply for children to learn to love books and for parents to get involved,’ Smith told me. “We want them to learn the value of reading at an early age." Smith planned to refinish the old bus, in the hope that it would be used to promote reading and literacy around the community. "We took everything out of the bus except the driver's seat,” she explained. “The kids at the vocational school which we had a partnership with helped to sand, spray, and paint it blue." June2012 • 27

Roadie made his debut in December 2011, and he features some magnificent artwork that draws the attention of young and old alike. "Cornell Shackleford, a bus driver at Paducah Public Schools, was kind enough to do the artwork,” Smith told me. “We gave him pictures of what we really thought children would enjoy. We chose things like The Three Little Pigs, The Kissing Hand, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George, Bob Dog, and The Hungry Caterpillar." Roadie goes on trips around the community, hoping to bridge the literacy gap. "We have book cases, rugs, and bean bags in the bus. It will fit five to 10 children comfortably. We encourage kids to come see the bus, read a book, and take one home." Smith explained. The community has been involved in helping with this important project. Ms. Retta Folsom, who often tells stories and sings with her puppet Bob Dog at the McCracken County Library, wrote songs about the bus. I asked her to tell me about a special DVD that the Head Start program created for Roadie. "It's narrated by my puppet Bob Dog and myself,” Ms. Retta explained. “All of the 280 Head Start children will receive a copy. The DVD includes two songs about the bus: This Bus Is Going Places and Mr. Shack. This Bus is Going Places just fits the Roadie perfectly. Mr. Shack is the second song, which is a story-song about Cornell Shackleford, the artist of the bus. When I saw the bus and his

beautiful artwork, it was just so thrilling to me, trying to see it through the eyes of the child. I felt like this man needed to be featured in the DVD. I wanted these children to have that feeling about this artist." The Ronald McDonald House Charities is one of Roadie's sponsors. Cathy Elliott, Ronald McDonald House Charities Chapter Director, was pleased to tell me about the partnership. "We're working with Paducah Head Start to increase their offering of books to children who visit Roadie." She added, "This is such an important program to promote family literacy. It's another way of reaching out to the children of Paducah. We want to get them all reading together as a family." Christina Crice, Director of Children's Ministry at Immanuel Baptist Church, also spoke with me about their contributions to Roadie's mission. "At Christmas, our congregation purchased Scholastic books that were given out to children who come to see Roadie. We thought it was a way to have alternative, thoughtful Christmas gifts. We've also been involved in taking Roadie to the Paducah Day Nursery, and we helped a Boy Scout troop take the bus to Dudley Court, which is part of our public housing. The boys read with the children, handed out books, played games, did arts and crafts, and served a snack. It's certainly support Roadie and Head Start in getting books into children's hands. We encourage anything that facilitates reading as young as possible." The Paducah Head Start program hopes to continue their mission with Roadie. "We plan on getting speakers put in the bus, so we can play music and the children will be able to hear him coming,” Smith told me. “We want to continue to be involved in the community for as long as possible." To donate books or equipment, have Roadie visit your school, preschool or daycare and to find out more information about Roadie the Reading Bus, contact Francis Smith, Paducah Head Start at (270) 444-5784. v

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Market House Theatre presents Hairspray. Market House Theatre. 7:30 270-444-6828 or



OMGCon Anime/Video Game Convention. Paducah Convention Center.

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

Dive In Movies: Hook. Noble Park. 8:00 PM. 270-444-8508 or



Market House Theatre presents Hairspray. Market House Theatre. 7:30 270-444-6828 or


OMGCon Anime/Video Game Convention. Paducah Convention Center.

Noble Park Fish Out. Noble Park. 9:00 AM. 270-444-8508 or

American Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show. Paducah Kennel Club. 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM. 270-210-8298


Story Hour at Paducah Railroad Museum. 200 Washington Street, Paducah. 1:00 pm 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. Enjoy a railroad story and related crafts. Included in regular admission of $1 for kids 12 and under, $3 for adults.


Street Rods in the Park. Noble Park. Street Rods in the Park. Noble Park. Spokes for Strokes Bicycle Tour. Noble Park. 270-575-2851 or Top Gun Cruise Show. JC Penney Parking Lot. 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 270-444-0440 Outdoor Adventure Expo. Kentucky Oaks Mall. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Come see what Paducah’s finest outdoor shops have to offer – boats, bikes, ATVs, Jetskis, camping equipment and more.


Awesome 80's Bash benefitting Purchase Area Sexual Assault Child Advocacy Center. Harrah's Metropolis Event Center. 7:00 pm. Tickets $50/person. Sponsored by Leadership Paducah Class # 25. Live and silent auctions, dancing with live band Rubik's Cube, food and fun. Call 270-559-7330 or email

OMGCon Anime/Video Game Convention. Paducah Convention Center.



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American Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show. Paducah Kennel Club. 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM. 270-210-8298 Bikes On Broadway. Broadway, 4th – 7th Streets. 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Street Rods in the Park. Noble Park.

Market House Theatre presents Hairspray. Market House Theatre. 7:30 270-444-6828 or

Market House Theatre presents Hairspray. Market House Theatre. 2:30 270-444-6828 or


Faith in Film: Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Maiden Alley Cinema. 6:30 PM. PM.

Off the Shelf Discussion: Snow Flower & The Secret Fan. Led by Andrew Halford, WKCTC Professor. McCracken County Library.


Carson Center Broadway Series: Mamma Mia. Carson Center. 7:30 PM. 270450-4444 or


Market House Theatre presents Hairspray. Market House Theatre. 7:30 270-444-6828 or


An Evening Upstairs: Kentucky Poet Laureate Maureen Morehead, The Role of Place in Poetry . McCracken County Library. 7:00 PM.


Market House Theatre presents Hairspray. Market House Theatre. 7:30 270-444-6828 or



Market House Theatre presents Hairspray. Market House Theatre. 7:30 270-444-6828 or


Childrens Day. The Homeplace at Land Between the Lakes. Paducah Regatta. Noble Park. 9:30 AM. 270-444-8508 or Southern Horse Owners and Exhibitors Show. Carson Park. 1:00 PM. 270-816-3566 Auto Expo. Kentucky Oaks Mall. Car Dealers showcase during regular mall hours.


Market House Theatre presents Hairspray. Market House Theatre. 2:30 270-444-6828 or


Auto Expo. Kentucky Oaks Mall. Car Dealers showcase during regular mall hours.


Film Brew: Predator. Maiden Alley Cinema. 6:00 PM.


Movies in the Park: Pirates of the Caribbean. Noble Park. Dusk. 270-444-8508 or


Hawaiin Lua. Noble Park. 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 270-444-8508 or

Fantastic Home for Your Family and Entertaining Friends

Bobby Jones memorial Scholarship Fund Fashion Show. Myre River Room, Carson Center. 6:30 PM. Showcasing “Dangerous Summer Fashion Trends 2012” with top designer fashions from Dillards. 270-443-9932 or


McCracken County Fair. Carson Park, Paducah. Horse and livestock shows, talent contest, beauty pageants, tractor pull. Motorcycle races, carnival rides, food vendors and more.


McCracken County Fair. Carson Park, Paducah. Horse and livestock shows, talent contest, beauty pageants, tractor pull. Motorcycle races, carnival rides, food vendors and more.


McCracken County Fair. Carson Park, Paducah. Horse and livestock shows, talent contest, beauty pageants, tractor pull. Motorcycle races, carnival rides, food vendors and more.


McCracken County Fair. Carson Park, Paducah. Horse and livestock shows, talent contest, beauty pageants, tractor pull. Motorcycle races, carnival rides, food vendors and more. Paducah Summer Games/Cross River Swim. Noble Park. 270-444-8508 or Jerry Seinfeld. Carson Center. 7:00 PM. 270-450-4444 or


McCracken County Fair. Carson Park, Paducah. Horse and livestock shows, talent contest, beauty pageants, tractor pull. Motorcycle races, carnival rides, food vendors and more.

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eventscalendar Paducah Summer Games/Cross River Swim. Noble Park. 270-444-8508 or


McCracken County Fair. Carson Park, Paducah. Horse and livestock shows, talent contest, beauty pageants, tractor pull. Motorcycle races, carnival rides, food vendors and more. Paducah Summer Games/Cross River Swim. Noble Park. 270-444-8508 or

Art Galleries, Exhibitions & Museums: JUNE 5: Art Guild of Paducah presents Susan Edwards. McCracken County Library. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. THROUGH JUNE 12: Accent! Quilts of the UK. National Quilt Museum.

THROUGH JULY 10: New Quilts from an Old Favorite 2012 – Baskets and Antique Basket Quilts. National Quilt Museum. Winners and finalists from the annual contest challenge quiltmakers to create original quilts based on a classic block pattern. See the innovative, imaginative new quilts along side antique basket quilts.

JUNE 15 THROUGH SEPT 11: The Exquisite Stitch – 200 years of HandQuilting. National Quilt Museum. THROUGH JULY 7: Outrageous Art From My Heart to Yours. Tribeca Gallery.

THROUGH JUNE 16: Kentucky Guild of Artist and Craftsmen. Yeiser Art Center. Second Saturdays Gallery Walk . Visit Lowertown’s great galleries and studios on the second Saturday. 12PM – 8 PM. 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 . 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 JUNE 23 . Others to be scheduled. Ages 5 and up. $25. Pre-registration required . Contact Yeiser Art Center at 270-442-2453. Glass Artisan Guild. Meets in Murray and is open to all. For information, contact Judi Little at 270-436-5132 or visit Meets the 2ND TUE AT 6PM- Usually at the Murray Transit Center- but we also meet in members studios for special projects and demonstrations. Civil War Walking Tour. Paducah Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Using the map, drawn by hand in 1861, by a Federal Captain of occupying troops in Paducah, follow the path of historical markers to discover the city"s important role during the Civil War. Call 1-800-PADUCAH for more. Market @ 315. An array of original art forms. Quilts, Paintings, Turned Wood, Bead Art, Fiber Arts, and much more! All to your "Arts Desire"! 442-6151.

National Quilt Museum. 215 Jefferson Street. For more, call 442-8856. 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 Paducah Railroad Museum – 201 Washington St. Fri. 1 - 4 PM, Sat. 10 AM -4 PM or by appt. $3 Adults, $1 Children. Donations. 270-519-7377 PAPA Gallery. Works by 100 local artists. 124 Broadway. Mon. - Fri. 10 – 4PM. FREE. 575-3544. 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.

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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 270-443-7787 Meets at House of Hope, 2025 Clarkline Road SUNDAY Service: 10 AM

Bellview Baptist Church – 554-3173 4875 Old Mayfield Road – Pastor Bro. Mike Nolen

SUNDAY at 9:45 AM for Sunday School • Worship 11:00 AM WEDNESDAY Night Service 6:30 PM • Sunday Night Small Groups 6:00 PM

Concord United Methodist Church - (church) 443-2629

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

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. • Sunday School: 9 AM; Worship Service: 10 AM; Sunday Evening: 6 PM; Wednesday Service: 6:30 PM

Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church - 270-876-7239 “Come Grow With Us”

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

Broadway Baptist Church 2435 Broadway

Pastor: Brother Steve Gorham; Sunday School, 10 AM; Sunday worship, 11AM; Sunday evening, 6 PM; Wednesday worship, 7 PM

Broadway Church of Christ - 270-443-6206 2855 Broadway Street, Paducah.

SUNDAY: Morning Worship, 9:30 AM; Bible Study, 10:45 AM Evening Worship, 6 PM MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS: Precious Pottery Preschool, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM TUESDAY: Clothing Give Away, 10:00 AM – noon WEDNESDAY: Ladies Bible Class, 10:00 AM, Bible Classes 6:30 PM

Broadway United Methodist Church - 443-2401

SUNDAY: Fellowship Time 9 AM. Youth & Adult Sunday School for all ages - 9:30 AM. Worship 10:30 AM Youth group (grades 6-12) – 6 PM.Youth Activities, Sunday 6 PM.

SELECTED FRIDAY NIGHTS: Parent’s Night Out. Safe, reliable babysitting available for special event or dinner out. Contact the Mother’s Day Out department at 443-2401 3RD MONDAY: Senior Adults Potluck. 12 Noon in Igert Hall. Bring your favorite dish to share and join us for food, fun and fellowship. WEDNESDAY Evening Meals. $5 for adults and $3 for children. Reservations

are necessary. Food served from 5:30 – 6:15 PM. Programs begin at 6:15 PM.

Mother's Day Out- Children 3 months -5 years meets Tuesday and Thursdays

from 9 AM -2 PM Call 443-2401 ext. 216 for more information.

Thursday Morning Bible Study: Led by Senior Pastor,Rev. Joe Beal, This group meets most Thursday mornings at 11AM Open to all. 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.

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dren’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


Grace Church, Int’l - 442-8949

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

Facebook: First Christian Church Disciples of Christ Benton Youtube: 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 Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Paducah, Ky 270-

443-8251 • 415 Audobon Drive Paducah, KY SUNDAY: Sunday School 9:30 AM, Bell Choir Practice 9:30 AM, Traditional

Worship 10:45 AM, Childrens’ Church 3-6 year olds 10:45 AM, Kids GroupPreschool through 5th Grade 4:00 PM, Contemporary Worship 5:30 PM, Youth Groups 6th through 12th Grades 6:30 PM.

First Presbyterian Church - 442-3545



SUNDAY: Church School 9:30 AM; Worship 10:45 AM; Youth Choir (6 - 12 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

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

Friendship Baptist Church of Paducah - 534-1900

SUNDAY: Worship Service 8:30 & 11 AM. Bible Study 9:45 AM. AWANA (chil-

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

Grace Bible Church - 554-0808

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

Harmony Baptist Church – 270-488-3115

9215 OGDEN LANDING ROAD • HARMONYPASTOR@GMAIL.COM - FIND US ON FACEBOOK! SUNDAY: 10 AM, Sunday School; 11 AM Morning Worship, Children's Church; 5:30 PM AWANA; 6 PM Evening Worship WEDNESDAY: 7 PM Prayer and Praise, Bible Buddies

Heartland Worship Center - 534-1400

SUNDAY: Sunday School - . 8, 9:15, 10:45 AM; Sunday Services – 9:30, 10:45 AM & 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Evening Service – 6 PM; Children’s activities - 6:15 PM; Middle/High School, 6-8 PM.; DivorceCare, 6:30 PM. The Landing: FRIDAYS at 6:45 PM. a year-long program that helps teenagers struggling with hurts, hangups 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

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, 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

SUNDAY: Worship Services-10:45 AM. Sunday School, 9:30 AM with classes for all ages. WEDNESDAY: Worship Services 4:30 PM MIE for children K-5, 5:30 PM JourneyKidz for Preschoolers, 6:00 PM Prayer Meeting Vacation Bible School: JUNE 11-15, Music Camp (grades K-5) JULY 16-20

Jesus Christ Little House of Prayer - 898-9875 SUNDAY: Morning Worship 10 AM. Evening Worship 6 PM. THURSDAY: Evening Service. 6:30 PM.

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

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

Olivet Baptist Church - 442-3267 email:

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

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

Lone Oak Church of Christ - 554-2511

Open Door Baptist Church - 443-6522 227 Farley Place, Paducah,

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

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 PM Adult Choir & Orchestra Rehearsal – 7:15 PM

Lone Oak United Methodist Church - 270-554-1272 SUNDAY: Sunday School: 9

AM, Sonrise Servise 8 AM, Celebration Service 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

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

Pastor - Bob Kelley, SUNDAY: Sunday School, 10 AM, Morning Worship and Children's Church 11 AM, SUNDAY EVENING 6 PM; WEDNESDAY: Teaching Time for Adults and Patch the Pirate Club for Children 7 PM; FRIDAYS: Reformers Unanimous, a group that will help you overcome addictions, 7 - 9 PM. Clothes Closet open 3RD WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH. FRIDAYS: RUI, Addiction Recovery Program. 7 PM. If you need a ride or more information, call the church office.

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

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

Communion 1st and 3rd Sundays)

The Potter's House Baptist Worship Center -270-928-9905

Margaret Hank Memorial Cumberland Presbyterian Church - 443-3689

Nursery Service provided for all services.

SUNDAY SCHEDULE: Sunday School - 9


Worship Service 10



SUNDAY: Bible Study, 9:30 AM; Worship 10:45 AM; Sunday evening 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Small groups for adults and children, 7 PM

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

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

Milburn Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian - 488-2588

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

Mt. Sterling Cumberland Presbyterian Church - 618-564-2616

SUNDAY: Sunday school 10 AM, Worship 11 AM, Evening worship6 PM, Youth group 6 PM. WEDNESDAY: Bible study 6:30 PM, Junior youth group 6:30 PM Contact:Bro. David LeNeave,

Mt. Zion Baptist Church - 554-0518

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

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

New Harvest Church of God

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:

New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church- 554-0473 • Pastor: Jeff Biggs Youth Pastor: Drew Gray June2012 • 35

eventscalendar Reidland Baptist Church – 898-6243 •

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.

Reidland Christian Church – 898-3904

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 .

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Grand Rivers, KY 270-362-2171, • Pastor Father Anthoni Ottagan Mass Times: WEDNESDAY 9 AM, FRIDAY at 9 AM, SUNDAY 6 PM

Southland Baptist Temple - 270-444-9678

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

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


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 - Mass Schedule: MONDAY –FRIDAY: 12:05 PM SATURDAY: 5 PM; SUNDAY: 8:30 at 11

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

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

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

St. Matthew Lutheran Church – 442-8294

vegetarian fellowship meal is served 1st Sabbath of each month following worship service. WEDNESDAY: Prayer Meeting, 6:30 PM.

St. Paul Lutheran Church - 442-8343

Reidland United Methodist

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.

SATURDAY: Sabbath School, 9:30 AM; Worship Service, 11 AM. A FREE delicious

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

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

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

SUNDAY: 9:30 AM, Worship

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

St. Pius X Catholic Church, Calvert City – 270-395-4727 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


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 cou-

ples group. Call 534-9000 for more information.

Temple Israel - 442-4104

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

Trinity United Methodist Church - 534-9516

SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9:30AM;Worship 10:30AM;Youth BLAST & The Hub, 46PM (meets 2x/month);Children's Choir, 5:15-6PM TUESDAY:Women's Bible Study 9-11AM & 5:30-8PM WEDNESDAY: Awana (2yr old-5th grade), 57PM;Wired Wednesdays (6th-12th grade), 5:30-7PM;Choir, 6-7PM THURSDAY: Men's Small Group, 6AM, IHOP, Paducah SATURDAY:United Methodist Men 2nd Saturday, 8-9AM, Little Castle, Lone Oak

Twelve Oaks Baptist Church - 554-4634

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

United Central Presbyterian Church – 442-6414

Sunday School 9:45 AM, Sunday Worship 10:45 AM, Nursery provided, service ASL interpreted.

United Church of Paducah – 442-3722.

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

Waldo Baptist Church - 618-564-2180

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

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Westminster Presbyterian Church - 443-2919

Rev. Sharon Murray

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: MONDAY – SATURDAY THROUGH NOVEMBER: Downtown Farmers Market. Riverfront, 2nd and Monroe.

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

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

MONDAY - SATURDAY. GPS Recycle Now Collections. Recycling facility, 1830 N 8 Street. Open: Monday – Wednesday and Friday 7 AM – 4:30 PM; Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 AM to 6 PM, Saturday 8 AM - Noon. Large totes in the front of the center will be available in the evening for after hours drop off. For a listing of what you can bring, visit Volunteers welcome. A group for those in the Paducah area wanting to get involved in recycling. For questions, email 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 FREE GED Classes.WKCTC, 8:00 AM -4:30 PM at Anderson Technical Building & 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at KY Oaks Mall. To register, call 270-534-3451. Fridays through June 20: Take a FREE official practice test at the Anderson Technical Building. Tests start at 8:30 AM. You can also take the GED FREE. Call to schedule a time. FREE GED CLASSES - Livingston County Adult and Family Learning Center 306 Wilson Ave. Smithland, KY Also offering free computer classes, math classes, reading classes, and ESL. For more info call 928-2168 Neighbors Unifying Ballard County: Meets the 1st Monday 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 Elaine Jarvis, president at 270-665-5057. Find us on Facebook. Ballard-Carlisle County Historical and Genealogy Society: Meets the fourth Monday of each month, 6:00 PM, at the Ballard-Carlisle County Historical and Genealogy Society Building, 257 4th Street in Wickliffe, KY. NUBC is a non-profit charitable organization established for the betterment of the community and county. For more information, contact Elaine Jarvis, 270-665-5057. Like us on Facebook. Ballard County Cemetery Boad: Meets the first Thursday of each month, 4:30 PM, at Ballard County Extension Office, 110 Broadway in LaCenter, KY. Created by the Ballard County Fiscal Court to preseve our old family cemeteries. Contact Betty Johnson, chairman, at 270-210-3538. Like us on Facebook. 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 for what's playing this week. 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. 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. The Christian Art Center, a member of Christians in the Visual Arts ( June2012 • 37

Harmony Road Music School

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

Now taking enrollment! Toddler Tunes (ages 18 months to 3 years) Hello Music (ages 3 and 4) Music and Movement Day Camp (ages 6 to 11) July 6 OR July 20

eventscalendar 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 St. Nicholas Free Family Clinic desperately needs pharmacists to fill prescriptions in the evenings. For information, email Anita Spurlock at or call 575-3247. Bluegrass Downs - Harness Racetrack and Simulcast Outlet - Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 10 PM; Sunday close at 7:30 PM, Concessions and Bar open daily. (270) 444-7117 Cat, dog, and small animal adoptions, All God’s Creatures Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Adoption Center, 595 Richmond Rd, Simpson IL, 1-618-9679601 or 1-618-695-2654. Cat, dog adoptions, Project Hope “No Kill” Humane Society, 1698 W 10th St, Metropolis IL, 1-618-524-8939.

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

(ages 4 to 6), 9:30-11:30a Songs of the Sea - June 18-22 Jungle Beat - June 25-29 My Many Colored Days - July 9-13 My Trip to the Mountains - July 23-27

SATURDAYS,THROUGH OCTOBER. Cruise-In. Bob’s Drive IN, 2429 Bridge Street, Paducah. Call Neil Ward for information 270-443-6493.

(1st - 5th grades), 1:00-4:00p Songs of the Sea - June 18-20 My Trip to the Mountains - June 25-27

SECOND AND FOURTH MONDAYS: West Kentucky Christian Alliance meeting, McCracken County Library. 6:00 PM. This group’s purpose is to speak up about our loss of Christian values, and to further evangelism in these troublesome time.s For information, call 270-994-3230.

FIRST SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH: Cans for the Cross, aluminum can will be collected at the corner of the Ballard County Courthouse at 10 AM.

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

FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH: Knitting Club. McCracken County

Harmony Road (ages 5 and 6) Young Musician (ages 6 and 7) Keyboard Prep (ages 8 to 11)

Extension Office. Members meet to share techniques and ideas and enjoy each others company. For more, call 270-554-9520.

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

SECOND THURSDAYS OF THE MONTH: Matters of Life Forum. Jackson Oaks Independent Living Center, 2500 Marshall Avenue 11:30 AM. We will discuss many topics such as ethical wills, passing on important values and bereavement support. For more, contact TUESDAYs: Story time at McCracken County Public Library. 10 AM and 1 PM.

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

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TUESDAYS: Science Night. McAlister's Deli, 5021 Hinkleville Road. For more information, visit 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 WEDNESDAYS: Knitting, Crochet, and More.Downtown Coffee Bar, 426 Broadway. 2 crew with your latest knitting, crocheting or other project. 444-0044.

PM. Join the

WEDNESDAYS: One on One at One - Computers with Brian Medlin at McCracken County Library. 1:00 PM. 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.

THURSDAYS: E-Reader classes led by Patrick Archer at McCracken County Public Library. 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 THURSDAYS: Charitable Bingo. Ballard County Board of Education, 264 E Kentucky Drive, Barlow, KY. For more information, call 270-665-9844. THURSDAYS: Overeaters Anonymous. 1:30 pm (extra meeting time to add) Christ United Methodist Church Recreation Hall. 1322 West Broadway, Mayfield, KY. 270-247-7414 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.

270-538-4041 to mak an appointment. Early Head Start applications will also be taken at this time. Transportation for preschool is provided by McCracken County School system. Sorry, no transportation is provided for Early Head Start.

Camps, Classes & Education 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

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. Doodling classes conducted by Paducah artist Bill Ford at the Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway , Paducah. 12:30 PM – 2 PM on the following SATURDAY JUNE 23. Others to be scheduled. Ages 5 and up. $25. Pre-registration required . Contact Yeiser Art Center at 270-442-2453.

FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH: Stroke and Brain Injury Survivors Support Group, second floor conference room at Jackson Purchase Medical Pavilion. 11:00 AM – noon. Provides informaiotn, education and support to those who have experienced a stroke or brain injury. Please call 270-251-4121 for more information. FIRST TWO CONSECUTIVE MONDAYS OF EACH MONTH: Diabetes Group

Sessions at Jackson Purchase Medical Center. 8:00 AM – 11:30 PM. Learn self care behaviors that can reduce the risk of diabetes complications. One on one sessions can also be scheduled. Registration required, call 270-251-4169.


Childbirth Classes at Jackson Purchase Medical Center. Classes are from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM on Tuesdays and 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Saturday. Participants become familiar with changes in late pregnancy, warning signs in late preganancy, breast feeding information, labor and delivery, coping techniques and pain control options, cesarean section, hospital policies and procedures, and newborn care. Free, but registration is required at 270-251-4580.

SATURDAY JUNE 2: "The Three Rs of Gardening". Laurel Oak Garden Club Annual Garden Tour. 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Central Elementary School, 2290 St. RT 12 N. Mayfield, KY. 11:00 AM Lecture "Plant Oddities. 12:00 AM Lecture "What Have You Pulled Lately". 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch on the Patio. Tickets $12 available at City Hall.

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

FRIDAYS: Friday Night Racing at Paducah International Raceway. 7:00 PM. 4445 Shemwell Lane, Paducah.

FRIDAYS IN JUNE AND JULY: Concerts in the Park. Noble Park. 7:00


FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY, JUNE 15 – JULY 15: Live Harness Racing at

Players Bluegrass Downs.






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.

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. The McCracken County Preschool Head Start office is now accepting appointments to register for the 2012-12 school year. Children must be 3 or 4 years old on or before October 1, 2012 and they must be income eligible or exhibit a developmental delay. Children also must reside in the McCracken County School District. Please call the McCracken County Head Start office at June2012 • 39

eventscalendar TUESDAY, JUNE 26: Bariatric Support Group in Community Conference Room, 6 PM Jackson Purchase Medical Center. Meeting provides open discussion among those who have had Bariatric Surgery or those interested in the surgery. For more information, call 270-251-4169.

MONDAY JUNE 4: Stroke Support Group. Meeting Room A, Baptist Heart Center Conference Room , Western Baptist Hospital. 3-4:30. 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.


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.

THURSDAY, JUNE 14 Relaxing from Within. Atrium Classroom, Doctors 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.

JUNE 9 (SATURDAY) AND JUNE 25 (MONDAY): Breastfeeding Classes - 9 to 11 a.m., Held at the Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2, Western Baptist Hospital. Free class helps prepare expectant mothers for the breastfeeding experience. Phone (270) 575-2229 to register. JUNE 11 (MONDAY) AND JUNE 13 (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.

TUESDAYS JUNE 19 AND 26: Smart Beginnings Childbirth Class. Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2. Western Baptist Hospital. 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Free class for pregnant teens or the non-traditional family unit to help educate about the labor and delivery process. Call 270-575-2229 to register.

MONDAY JUNE 25. 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. FRIDAY JUNE 29: Safe sitter Class. Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2. Western Baptist Hospital. 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. For boys and girls ages 11 to 13 years. Learn how to handle emergencies with young children. Includes graduation ceremony with certificate. Cost is $25 includes lunch and supplies. Pre-registration required. Call 270-575-8444.

JUNE 12 – JULY 17 (MORNINGS OR EVENINGS): Toddler Tunes for ages 18 mos. – 3 years with parents. Classes run 6 weeks, 30 minutes weekly. Harmony Road Music School 270-444-3669 or

JUNE 12 – JULY 3 (MORNINGS OR EVENINGS): Hello Music classes for ages 3 and 4 with parents. Classes run 4 weeks, 45 minutes weekly. Harmony Road Music School 270-444-3669 or

BEGINNING JUNE 4: GROUP PIANO CLASSES FOR AGES 5 through 11: Harmony Road, Young Musician, and Keyboard Prep classes for beginning pianists in 3 age groupings. Harmony Road Music School 270- 444-3669 or WEDNESDAY JUNE 13: "Innovations to Success". College and Career Readiness Summit. 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Alexander Hall at Murray State University. FREE. Register at at THURSDAYS JUNE 14 AND 28: Technique Classes at Clay Chameleon. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. June 14 "Safari Scene". June 28 "Self Portrait". Ages 1st grade and up. $20 per painter/per class. 4793 Village Square Drive Paducah, K. Call 270-442-1112 SECOND THURSDAYS (EXCEPT IN JUNE, WHICH WILL BE JUNE 4) Infant Care Class. Marshall Nemer Pavilion at Lourdes Hospital. Baby basics to assist parents with their first few weeks with baby. Call 270-444-2443. THIRD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH: Kidney Optios Education Class. Marshall Nemer Pavilion at Lourdes. 2 PM – 4 PM. Call 270-443-0217.

SELECT TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS: Your Guide to Joint Replacement classes. Marshall Nemer Pavilion at Lourdes. Thursday Classes are 1 – 3 PM. Tuesday Classes are 4 – 6 PM. Call for exact dates and to register. 270-444-2915. SECOND TUESDAYS OF EACH MONTH: Breast Cancer Support Group. Lourdes Medical Pavilion, Suite 403. 6 PM. Call 270-442-1310.

SECOND THURSDAYS OF EACH MONTH: Hopeful Hearts Breast Cancer Support Group. Marshall Nemer Pavilion at Lourdes Hospital, Womens Center Suite 210. 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Call 270-538-5700.

EVERY TUESDAY: Ashes Smoking Cessation Classes. Classroom 4, Lourdes Hospital. 5 PM. Call 270-444-2808.

FOURTH THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH: Sibling Class. Rosenthal Room – 2nd floor, Marshall Nemer Pavision Lourdes. Prepares big brothers and big sisters under 5 for the new arrival. 6 PM – 8 PM. Call 270-444-2640 or 270-444-2243.

3 CONSECUTIVE MONDAYS IN EACH MONTH: Three week Childbirth Class. Borders Community Room, Marshall Nemer Paviilion at Lourdes. 6:00 PM – 8:00 270-444-2243.

PM, call for exact dates.

SECOND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH: Breastfeeding Class. Rosenthal Room – 2nd floor, Marshall Nemer Pavilion at Lourdes. 6 PM – 8 PM. Call 270-444-2243. 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

MONDAYS: Musical Fingers. (Classes for all children 4 and under.) Meet at Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 10 AM. For more information, contact Lyz Hornbeak at 575-1858, 331-2987 or at TUESDAYS: Tot Soccer (for ages 2 and a half - 4). Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 5:15 PM. For more, visit TUESDAYS: PAWS (soccer for ages 4 - 8). Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 6 PM. Get some great coaching and play a few games. For more, visit

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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

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.

JUNE 4 – 8: ACT Boot Camp. WKCTC. 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Call 270-519-6474. JULY 21: Special Needs Homeschooling 101 Workshop sponsored by KATS of Paducah. 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. $25 per person, $45 per couple includes goodie bag. Limited childcare available, register at workshops.htm or 270-908-4703

Summer Camps Ampa Summer Camps. JUNE 11-29 AND JULY 9-20. Ampa Musical Theatre classes, Zumba. For more information email Tressa at,, Camp Kum-Ba-Ya at Benton KY JUNE 4 TO JULY 13. Call 270 -821-1332 • Camp Invention at Concord Elementary • JUNE 11 - 15, 2012. Call 800-9684332 “Broadway Workshop” at the Carson Center- JUNE 4-8, 2012. “Hansel and Gretel” Summer Theater Experience- JUNE 25-30, 2012 . The Carson Center. 270.443.9932 x250. Camp Manitowa co-ed overnight camp only 75 miles from Paducah. Contact camp director Dan Grabel. 314.348.6412 or Girl Scout Camp of Kentucky - Bear Creek Aquatic Camp - JULY 5 - JULY 8. Benton, KY 42025 270-354-6557. Harmony Road Summer Camps for various ages: Songs of the Sea JUNE 18-22, Jungle Beat JUNE 25-29, My Trip to the Mountains JUNE 25-27, Music and Movement JULY 6 OR JULY 20, My Many Colored Days JULY 9-13, My Trip to The Mountains JULY 23-27. 270-444-3669 or Hooked On Science JULY 9TH – 13TH – Super Hero Science WKCTC JULY 16TH – 20TH – Junior Meteorology WKCTC JULY 23RD – 27TH – Junior Scientist WKCTC • Phone: 573-270-7539 HORSES, INC Boots, Bridles & Buddies Camp. JULY 9, 10, 11 at Carson Park. 270-437-3881. Hwang’s Martial Arts Summer Camps – JULY 9-13, 16-20, AND 23-27. Call for 270-554-6667 registration. KATS of Paducah Camps: Lego Camp (ages 4 – 14) JUNE 11-15 $90 per child Imaginarium Camp (ages 5 – 14) JUNE 25-28 with lunch and snack daily. $75 per child Rainforest Adventure Camp (ages 5-14) JULY 9-12 with lunch and snack daily. $75 per child Mad Science Camp (ages 5-14) JULY 23-26 with lunch and snack daily. $75 per child

pus in Lexington. Contact one of the 4-H Agents at the McCracken County Cooperative Extension Office at 270-554-9520 or The National Quilt Museum 2012 Quilt Camp: Beginner, JUNE 19 – 22 • Intermediate & Advanced – JUNE 25 – 28. Contact Becky Glasby @ 270-4428856, Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club Summer Camp JUNE 11 - JULY 20. 270.443.9124 or Paducah Parks and Rec Playground Activity Camp. JUNE 11 – JULY 27, 9 AM – 4 PM. Kidz Klub: Day JUNE 4 – JULY 27, 8 AM – 5 PM . More detailed information available online at Paducah Regional Sportsplex: Camp at the Plex in 2012. 270 - 554-7539. YMCA of Mayfield and Graves County Day Camp. FRIDAY, JULY 27/Contact Pamela Hamilton at 270.247.0049 or register online at

On-Going Dance, Fitness & Sports: Weekday Road Rides. EVERY MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY when the temperature is above 40 and the roads are dry. Meet at Family Video Store, 414 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY. 6 AM. Ride is for 60 to 74 minutes and there is a different route for each day of the week. Pace varies depending on who shows up. Fridays are the most laid back and best for first timers. Lights needed during months when sunrise is later than 6 AM. Contact Hutch at 270-442-0751 or

SUNDAY: Holding and Relaxation. 3 PM – 4:30 PM. Elite Yoga, 106 Broadway, Paducah. 270-331-0366. MONDAY: Vinyasa Yoga. 6:30 AM. Yoga Blast. 8:15 AM. Elite Yoga, 106 Broadway, Paducah. 270-331-0366.

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

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

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

MONDAY AND TUESDAY: Aikido.Paducah Parks. For more or to sign up, call 444-8508. MONDAY, TUESDAY AND THURSDAY. 7:00 PM. Western Kentucky Adult Volleyball Club has competitive games weekly. Play is co-ed on a men’s net and divided into A, B, C divisions as participation allows. Games/meetings focused on improving individual skills and team play. For more email MONDAY, THURSDAY & SATURDAY – Zumba With Tishaunda. Community of Christ Church, 1309 Commercial Park Drive, Metropolis, IL 5:30 PM Monday and Thursday, 10:30 AM Saturday. 618-638-4180

Market House Theatre Camps : Disney musical theatre camp (grades 3-8) meets weekdays on JUNE 11-22. Shakespeare & Me (ages 4 & 5) JUNE 11 – 15. Supernatural Shakespeare (grades 1-3) JUNE 11 – 15. Shakespeare’s Villians (grades 4 & 5) JUNE 11 – 15. A Midsummer Shakespearience (Middle and High School) JUNE 18 – 29. Puppets! Puppets! (grades 3-5) JULY 9-13. Hollywood 102 (grades 7 through 12) JULY 9-20. Musical performance camp (grades k-5) JULY 16-27. Improv City Comedy Club (grades 7 – 12) JULY 16-27. Boa, Oink, and Squawk Creative Playshops (ages 4 & 5) July 17, 19, 24 & 26. Contact Market House Theatre at (270) 444-6828 to register or Metropolis Public Library presents "Dream Big - Read!" Summer Reading Program. Thursdays at 6:00PM from JUNE 14 THROUGH JULY 12. McCracken County 4-H Camp will be JULY 2 – 5, 2012 at the Western Kentucky 4-H Camp in Dawson Springs. 270-554-9520 or Teen Conference will be JUNE 11 – 14, 2012 at the University of Kentucky cam- June2012 • 41

eventscalendar TUESDAY & THURSDAY – Zumba With Tishaunda. AMPA in Paducah. 6:00 PM Tuesday, 12:00 PM Thursday. 618-63-4180

MONDAY & THURSDAY – Toning with Tishaunda. Community of Christ Church, 1309 Commercial Park Drive, Metropolis, IL. 6:30 PM. 618638-4180

MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY & SATURDAY – Zumba With Tishaunda. The New Spot, 727 E. 12th Street, Metropolis, IL. 5:30 PM Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 10:15 AM Saturday. 618-638-4180

MONDAY & WEDNESDAY -Toning with Tishaunda. The New Spot, 727 E. 12th Street, Metropolis, IL. 6:30 PM. 618-638-4180.

THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY – Bikini Boot Camp with Tishaunda. The New Spot, 727 E. 12th Street, Metropolis, IL. 6:30 PM Thursday, 6:00 PM Friday, 12:00 PM Saturday. 618-638-4180 MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY & SATURDAY – Zumba With Tishaunda. The New Spot, 727 E. 12th Street. Metropolis, IL. 5:30 PM Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 10:15 AM Saturday.

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 MONDAY: Strength and Cardio Circuit Training. Curves, 3420 Park Avenue. Call

MONDAY – FRIDAY: Afterschool Martial Arts Sessions. Hwang’s Martial Arts. School dismissal – 5:30 PM. During the school year. 908-6670 or email MONDAY & WEDNESDAY: Jazzercise Classes. 33420 Lone Oak Road, Arch 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 908-6670 for enrollment information or email

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

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 MONDAY -THURSDAY: Jazzercise Classes. Paducah Jazzercise Center, Lone Oak Plaza, 3562 Lone Oak Road. 5:15 PM. For more, email or call 270-210-1044. MONDAYS, TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS: Tiger Jiu-Jitsu (ages 5 - 9). Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy, 2343 New Holt Road. 5 - 5:50 PM. For more, email or call 270-554-4885. MONDAYS, TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS: Junior Jiu-Jitsu (ages 10 - 14). Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy, 2343 New Holt Road. 6 -6:50 PM. For more, email or call 270-554-4885.

270-575-3800 for more. Silver Sneakers can Workout for FREE.

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

MONDAY – THURSDAY. Intro Kettlebell Class. Mike’s Kettlebell Club. 106 Broadway, Paducah. 6:15 PM. 270-554-8224.

TUESDAY: Elite Power Yoga. 8 AM. Elite Yoga, 106 Broadway, Paducah. 270-331-0366

MONDAY – THURSDAY. Walking Club. Meet at Picnic Shelter 10 in Noble Park.

TUESDAYS: Hatha Yoga. Paducah Yoga Center. 5:30 PM. Pay what you can,

M, W, 5 – 6 PM. Tu, Th, 12 – 1 PM. FREE.

donation based class for all levels, including beginners.

TUESDAYS: Family Track Run Practice. Meet at Noble Park Picnic Shelter #10. 6 - 7 PM. FREE. For more, call 270-444-8508.

TUESDAY: Youth Running Club. Picnic Shelter #10 at Noble Park. FREE. Ages 5-15. 6-7 PM. 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. Wednesday: Vinyasa Yoga. 6:30 AM. Elite Yoga, 106 Broadway, Paducah. 270-331-0366.

WEDNESDAYS: Oriental Belly Dancing Classes. Paducah Parks Department. 8 classes for $40. Call 270-444-858 for more details.

THURSDAYS: Kid’s Kickboxing (ages 5-14) Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy, 2343 New Holt Road. 5 PM – 6 PM. For more, email or call 270554-4885.

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 908-6670 for enrollment information or email

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 to find out more.

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

THURSDAYS: Drop in Doubles Clinic. Paul Rowton Indoor Tennis Center. 6:30 PM. Members $15, Non-members $19.


THURSDAY: Yoga Blast. 8:15 AM. Elite Yoga, 106 Broadway, Paducah. 270-331-0366. FRIDAYS: Kingsway Skateland 6:30 - 10 PM. $6.

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FRIDAY: Extreme Martial Arts classes 4:30 – 5:30PM. Future Kidz Makeup Class, 5PM; Lil' Dragons & Karate Kidz Prep Makeup Classes, 5:30; Karate Kidz Makeup Class, 6PM; Dynamic TKD Regular Class (13&Up), 6:30PM. Circuit Training. 6 PM. Hwang’s Martial Arts. 908-6670. FRIDAYS: Advanced Computer Virtualization Course. Emerging Technology Center. WKCTC. 9 AM – 5 PM. Hands on Vmware authorized course based on Vmware ESXi 4.1 ad 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 270-5343335 to register.

SATURDAYS: Intro Kettlebell Class. Mike’s Kettlebell Club. 106 Broadway, Paducah. 9:00 AM. 270-554-8224.

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

SATURDAYS: Kid’s Kickboxing (ages 5-14) Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy, 2343 New Holt Road. 1 PM – 2 PM. For more, email or call 270554-4885.

Street. 4 – 4:45 PM. $2 per session. Seniors and beginners welcome. Visit for more.

MONDAY: Ballroom Dance Classes - Paducah-McCracken Senior Citizens Center. 1-3 PM. FREE. Must be 60 and over. 443TUESDAY AND THURSDAY: Line Dancing Classes - Paducah-McCracken Senior Citizens Center. 1-2:30 PM. FREE. Thursdays for beginners. Must be 60 and over. 443-8579

TUESDAYS: Beginning Crochet and Quilting. Senior Citizens Center. 1 PM, 2 PM. FREE. 443-8579 WEDNESDAYS: Introduction to Senior Fitness Simplified. Paducah Yoga Center. 11 AM - noon. $10/ session, $30/month, $35/month with Sunday Tai Chi. Call 270-210-1465 for more. 1ST AND 3RD THURSDAYS OF EVERY MONTH: FREE Serving Our Senior's

Bingo. Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. 1:30 - 3 PM. Dessert and coffee served, enter at the Rehabilitation wing. To reserve a seat, call 270-443-6543. v

SATURDAYS: Kingsway Skateland. 1 - 3 PM and 3 - 5 PM, . 10 - 11:30 AM (beginner's session), $4. SATURDAYS: Pilates. True North Yoga, 4600 Buckner Lane, Paducah. 9:30 AM. Conact the instructor, Carrie at or visit The first Saturday of Each month will be donation based classes benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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). SATURDAYS. Kingsway Skateland. 7:30 – 11


$6.50. . Skates: Quad, $1,

Speed/Inline $3.

SATURDAYS: Black Belts, 9AM; Hwang’s Martial Arts. 554-6667., 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: FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH: Super Seniors at First Christian Church of Paducah. Call 270-443-8251 for information.

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 – Senior Medicare Patrol: Eddie Jordan, project coordinator of the local Kentucky Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) provides information on your you can protect your self from Medicare errors, learn to detect potential fraud and abuse and to report errors or suspected fraud. He is available 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the Senior Center, 1400 HC Mathis Drive. For more information call 270-443-8993.

1ST & 3RD FRIDAY NIGHTS: Senior Citizens Dance - Paducah-McCracken County Senior Center. 7 - 10 PM. $5. Live music. Bring potluck-style snack food. Drinks sold on-site. Open to the public. 50 and over. 443-8579 MONDAY - FRIDAY: Informal Coffee Group. Etcetera Coffeehouse, 6th Street and Kirchoff's Bakery locations. 9 AM.

MONDAY - FRIDAY: Hot Lunches - Paducah-McCracken Senior Citizens Center. 11:30 AM. Donation : $2. Must be 60 and over. 443-8579 MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY: Exercise Classes for Seniors - PaducahMcCracken County Senior Center. 10-11 AM. 443-8579 MONDAY - FRIDAY: Water Aerobics. Brooks Indoor Pool, Broadway United Methodist Church, 701 Broadway. 10 AM. $25 per month. Call 270-443-2401 for more info.

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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 or Kim Armistead @ 502-558-6846 or 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 or call (270) 554-5857. Girl Scout Activity Listings: Teen Board- Conference Room at Paducah Parks Bldg. Ages 14-18. 4-5PM. FREE. 444-8508

Education Groups:

KATS Homeschool Club meets twice a month in Paducah. This is a Christian group that meets for fellowship, playdates, field trips and much more. Field trips are also twice monthly. For more information, email 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 infor-

mational and assessment services to parents. For more, contact Dr. Joy Navan, 270809-2539 or

Building. 11:30 AM. Free grief support group sponsored by Lourdes Hopice. Contact Todd Hawkins at 270-415-3632.

C.H.A.M.P., 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 270-9284368 or email

Lourdes Hospice Needs Volunteers: Working with hospice patients can grow your faith and teach you about the magic and beauty of life. Volunteers are needed in Ballard, Caldwell, Carlisle, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, and McCracken counties. If interested, contact Susan Mason at 1-800-870-7460 or 270-415-3640.

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.

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, 270-415-3607.

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 Land Between the Lakes Programming - Trail hiking, animal discovery,

FIRST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH EXCEPT HOLIDAYS. Men’s Coffee Grief Education and Support Group. Bob Evans Restaurant, Paducah. 8 AM. Call for info 270-4153632. Bariatric Support Group. Community Conference Room, Jackson Purchase Medical Center. 6 PM. Call 270-251-4169. Survivors of Suicide: support group for anyone whose life has been touched by the

children’s activities, planetarium programming and more. Weekday and weekend listings. 270-924-2020.

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

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

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

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 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

Crisis Management

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


Multi-service Providers:

Family Service Society is in DESPERATE NEED of FOOD. All types are needed; canned,

boxed, mixes, cereal, etc. Please contact Family Service Society by calling 270-443-4838. Lourdes Hospital has meetings and groups on: Childbirth, breastfeeding ALS support, Driving, Eating Disorders, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia, Breast & Cervical Cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Heart issues. Call 444-2444 or 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 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 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 DONA-

For military and their families:


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 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 for more information or to receive our FREE newsletter. Grief Support Group – FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH. Graves County Senior Citizens June2012 • 45

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TIONS 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: Four Rivers Behavioral Health. Provides service in the areas of mental health, develoPMental disabilities, and substance abuse. Consulting and employee assistance available. Serving Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Marshall, and McCracken. 24-hr. crisis hotline, 1-800-592-3980. Call the office, 442-7121, to find out more. Martha's Vineyard. A ministry that prepares meals and delivers them to the less fortunate in our area weekly. If you would like to volunteer please call Martha at 575-0021. Donations may be sent to : Martha's Vineyard • 1100 N. 12th Street • Paducah KY 42001 Ballard County Community Food Pantry. St. Mary's Catholic Church, 662 Broadway, LaCenter. Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 AM to 12 noon for food distribution and to receive non-perishable donations. Need spaghetti'os, soups, vegetables, crackers, etc. For more, call the church at 270-665-5551.

Miscellaneous: Art Parties. Invite an artist to come to your place or have the party at ours. The artist will do live demonstrations, paint faces, and lead kids in a super fun art activity. Call Gretchen Smith at 270-243-0444 or email 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 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 270-554-3818

classes. The club also offers Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International Testing. For more, visit 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 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. Toastmasters EVERY MONDAY. Farm Bureau Office, 1600 Broadway. Noon-1PM. Visitors are always welcome. Come and improve your public speaking ability in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. For more info, call Clay Campbell, 703-2700.

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, or 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. 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 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: and email if you're interested or would like more information.

Paducah Chess Club - SATURDAYS, 1 - 4 PM, brilliant minds young and old, put their wits to the test at Etcetera coffee house Sponsored by English's Antiques and Rayela Art, 212 Broadway.

Social and Professional Groups:

Paducah Kennel Club. Meetings are the SECOND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH

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.

(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

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: 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. 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 Lone Oak Kiwanis - Meets MEETS 1ST, 2ND AND 4TH 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 Paducah County Club. Email Jessica Koverdan for more,

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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. 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 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.

American Cancer Society. Open to all women with cancer who are undergoing treament. 6 PM to 8 PM. Suite 403, Lourdes Medical Pavilion. Call ACS at 270-444-0740. THIRD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH: Bariiatric Support Group. Marshall Nemer Paviilion at Lourdes Hospital. For those who have had or are considering Bariatric surgery. 6 PM. Call 270-415-3888. Alcoholics Anonymous. Wednesdays evenings. 8 – 9 PM. Ballard County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Community Center in Lacenter. Caregiver Support Group – THIRD TUESDAY OF THE MONTH. Legacy Personal Care Home, 4747 Alben Barkley Drive. 6 PM. FREE respite care is provided. For more information, please call Carrie Gottschalk Singler, 270-534-0620. Adoption Support for Kentucky (ASK). support group for adoptive and prospective adoptive parents. SECOND MONDAY OF EACH MONTHat the Oasis Christian Center, 3232 Buckner Lane (home to Community Christian Academy Elementary School in Paducah, KY and the last Monday of each month at the Community Fellowship Baptist Church on Hwy 45 in Hickory (across from State Police Post One) in Mayfield, KY. Both meetings are from 6 - 8 PM. All adoptive parents and those interested in adoption are welcome. FREE childcare provided.

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

Special Needs:

Christian Support Group Meeting for friends and family of the chemically dependent. New Life Tabernacle. Call 444-8073 or 554-5977.

H.O.R.S.E.S. Inc. Therapeutic Riding Center currently has open enrollment for riders with special needs.Located at Carson Park, Paducah. Located at Carson Park, Paducah. Please visit our website for an enrollment package. or call us at 270-437-3881.

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.

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.

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 for more information or to receive our newsletter.

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.

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Support Group. First Thursday of the Month. Marshall Nemer Building, 2nd Floor Rosenthal Room. 7 PM. For more information, call 646-623-2620.

FEAT of Western Kentucky. Families for Effective Autism Treatment. Easter Seals Child Development Center. Marshall County Special Olympics. Marshal County Special Olympics. The group

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.

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

Support Groups: Cancer Support Group – FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH. 7:00 PM. First Christian Church of Paducah. Call 270-443-8251 for more information.

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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.

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. 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.

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.

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

Hot Shots, a support group for children with type 1 diabetes and their fami-

public, confidential and free. For questions about this support group, call 270442-1166.

lies. For more information, contact 217-2548, 519-4155, 210-3047 or ronda. cartwright

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.


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, or 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.

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 270-5541915 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 v

Bonita Cloyd, 575-2303 Nar-Anon Family Support Group. TUESDAYS, 6:30


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by Rick Epstein

Towering Expectations

Purchase Parenting & Family Staff

ug the wall! Turn your feet sideways!” exhorts the YMCA-camp climbing coach. But the 8-year-old girl clinging to the side of the rock-climbing tower is not taking it in, and once more she swings helplessly at the end of the safety rope that’s attached to her body-harness. Ten feet up, with 20 more to go, she manages to keep a sick smile pasted onto her face.


I’ll admit it: I know these people. OK, OK, the girl is my daughter. When we’d been awaiting her turn, we’d witnessed a couple of intense dramas. A little boy thinks climbing the tower would be fun, little knowing that the tower represents pure challenge, and little dreaming that once he secures his first foot-hold, he is no longer himself, but an extension of his father.

Looking up at her is a long line of boys and girls impatiently awaiting their turn, and their equally impatient fathers. The occasion is a father-child field day at the YMCA camp. The dads and kids are all wishing the girl would either climb the wall or give it up. None of them cares whether the kid fails or succeeds, except for her own father who looks away embarrassed.

“C’mon, Joey!” Joe Sr. would yell. “Straighten your leg! Now, reach up!” Joey realizes that climbing the wall is way harder than it looked, and finds himself dangling like a marionette 15 feet off the ground, with no idea how to proceed. He feels weak and afraid. Fun is nowhere around. This tower is not a mere piece of playground equipment, like a sliding board or monkey bars as he’d thought. Turns out, it is a metaphor for fatherly expectations. “I want to come down,” he wails. June2012 • 49

“C’mon Joey, don’t give up!” If the boy comes down now, he comes down a loser. Brian, the child ahead of him, had wanted to give up, and his dad had let him. Father and son had walked away in silence, heads down. Holding hands. If Brian’s dad had ordered him to keep trying, and THEN Brian had quit anyway, it would’ve been much worse. Joey’s dad is gambling the other way, double or nothing. He is counting on his influence to give Joe Jr. the strength to get to the top and pull the bell-cord that hangs down from the rafters. Joey would then rappel down the tower a winner. “Joey, you can do it! Reach out with your left foot! There’s a good foot-hold right there!” A teardrop drips off Little Joe’s nose and makes a dark line on the plywood wall near his foot. Joey rallies. He struggles upward, finally reaching the top, and his father is treated to the sweet sound of the bell. “Clang!” It’s as though Big Joe has swung the big carnival mallet and rung the bell himself. Give the man a kewpie doll! I’ve already got one, and now it is she who dangles aloft. I want to yell, “I love you, Sparky. Climb to please yourself, not me.” Instead I holler, “C’mon, Sparky, you can do it!” I

want her to persevere and succeed for her own sake. Although I sound a lot like Joey’s dad, I know that if my child decides she wants to come down, I won’t oppose her. Her teeth are still gritted into a hard grin, and I’m reminded of a rodeo bronco rider I’d seen who always comes out of the chute with a cigarette clamped in his mouth. She is no more enjoying her climb, than he is enjoying a smoke. Sparky reaches for the hand-holds once more, and the YMCA staffer hauls away on the safety rope like a sailor hoisting a sail. He wants to get it over with, and he is only half-trying to make my daughter’s efforts look plausible. Her climb is a little like that of a Broadway Peter Pan. She ascends to the rafters. “Ring the bell!” says the cheery Y guy who’d hoisted her to the top. My daughter looks a little relieved, but does not feel good about the climb. She knows she hadn’t dragged herself up there by her own power. But to oblige the man, she reaches up for the bell cord and gives it a couple of yanks. The bell and the clapper coincidentally sway in unison and the clapper doesn’t make contact with the bell. Not feeling entitled to a congratulatory clang anyway; she gives the whole bell situation a dismissive “Whatever.” With a little more instruction, she does a fair job of rappelling down the wall, and in seconds I am unstrapping her helmet. She looks sad. “I didn’t do very well,” she says. “You did fine,” I say, unwinding her harness. “You might think that the important thing about the tower is having strong muscles and knowing how to climb. But I think the tower is about something else.” “What?” she asks, as we start toward the archery range. “It’s about not giving up,” I say. “You didn’t give up, and that makes me proud of you.” I’m not as ruthless as Joe Sr., but neither am I ready to disavow fatherly expectations. Kids need them, and fathers can’t help having them. Sparky’s little hand grips mine and we stroll on toward further adventures. Maybe at the archery range we dads can do something more relaxing, like make the kids shoot apples off our heads. v

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e often see individuals who are participating in programs to help others in the community, but it is rare to see a young student take the initiative to create programs that will directly help others. Nineyear-old Laniya Yarber is a student at Symsonia Elementary school. She’s a pretty young lady with an engaging smile who clearly has a big heart. Laniya was participating in a pageants and noticed another student making blankets for premature babies. Inspired by this act of kindness and community spirit, Laniya decided she also wanted to reach out to the people who are in need. In the fall of 2011, Laniya asked her mother if she could begin helping others in the community by volunteering at the local animal shelter. Unfortunately, her mother was unable to take her to the shelter during the hours available. Tina Yarber was impressed with her daughter’s interest in helping others and encouraged her daughter to think of other ways to help in the community. Yarber and her sister, Jessica, thought up a name for the project and “Laniya’s Nurturing Hand” was born. They began by raffling a ham and a turkey during the Thanksgiv-

ing season with the proceeds benefiting the Mayfield/Graves County Animal Shelter.

Humble beginnings The Yarber’s specifically wanted to reach out to a local shelter. They created an online auction using Facebook to generate funds to support the Lighthouse, and began contacting several local businesses to donate items that could be auctioned off. The Lighthouse is a safe home for both women and children who have been affected by “domestic violence, past abuse, trauma, or chronic homelessness”. The Lighthouse ministry serves to offer hope of a better future for the women and children affected by domestic violence and homelessness. “It was neat because the participants could bid directly online using Facebook,” explained Tina. The project earned $300 which was used to buy toys for the Lighthouse. Laniya was excited about the support of the community. “I like helping people and animals that are in need. I really like doing it, and it is a good thing to do,” she told me.

Laniya is delivering supplies to the Lighthouse as part of Laniya’s Nurturing Hand. June2012 • 51

Laniya receives the Treasure award from the Mayor of Mayfield for her contribution to the community.

Laniya’s Nurturing Hand has been involved in other projects. For Valentine’s Day, they provided crafts for the kids and also distributed candy. They also hosted an Easter egg hunt for the kids at the Lighthouse, which has been one of Laniya’s favorite activities so far with the program. They have also held bake sales, an Avon fundraiser, a yard sale, distributed goody bags for Easter, and other additional projects. Through all of these activities, Laniya has learned a recurring and valuable lesson: “It is good to help other people and animals in need.”

Relay for Life Recently, Laniya’s Nurturing Hand has also been supporting cancer patients in the area through their work with the Relay for Life. Tina Yarber had been involved in supporting Relay for Life through her high school and felt it would be a great opportunity for Laniya to help with the program as well. Laniya’s Nurturing Hands “handled with a loving touch” was actively involved in raising money for Relay for Life and received the Spirit Award.

And, after Relay for Life? “Laniya is always looking for new projects and always wants to do more. She doesn’t like to slow down,” her mother told me. Laniya has set some big goals for her program’s future “I want to have a building for Laniya's Nurturing Hand, so people can donate items, and come in and help,” she told me “One of my goals is to have at least 50 - 60 children, men, and women volunteer for Laniya’s Helping Hand and other places that are supported by the program.” 52 • June2012

Through support of the Facebook online auction, Laniya’s Nurturing Hand was able to donate Christmas gifts for the children of the Lighthouse.

Treasure Award While the hard work that Laniya has been investing into the local community is to help others, she has been recognized for her efforts. In April, she was recognized by the Mayor of Mayfield with the Treasure Award for her ‘selfless acts to benefit others in the community’. She also earned recognition from the Kentucky House of Representatives for her community service. “I'm so very proud of my daughter and all she does,” her mother told me. “She is an inspiration to me. I wish more kids and parents will come out and help us with all the things she has planned for LNH.”

Laniya’s Nurturing Hand received donations for Needline.

what we do and why we would like more helpers, and I would love for them to come and help,” she told me. Tina Yarber is currently beginning the process of making Laniya’s Nurturing Hand a non-profit organization with plans to implement a board of directors. You can learn more about Laniya’s Nurturing Hand and current projects by visiting them on Facebook at v

Since the program has grown, the community has also stepped up to support the project. Amanda Stevens, Jessica Yarber, and Jenny Perkins are just a few of the people who have dedicated time and efforts to helping to see Laniya’s dream of helping others come to a reality. Laniya wants to also encourage others to get involved in helping in their respective communities. Laniya is looking for more students who are interested in getting involved with Laniya’s Nurturing Hand. “I will tell them June2012 • 53


From Father to Son, Boy to Man by Martha Wegner Purchase Parenting and Family Guest Writer

The unique relationship between father and son can brings a lot of joy, along with a lot of responsibility.


y husband and 12-year-old son came tumbling in the door. David, his face covered in chocolate from the donut he has just eaten, exclaims, "You wouldn't believe what we saw, Mom, a fighter jet! It flew right over Dad and me while we were fishing!" My husband walks in, a dab of jelly at the corner of his mouth from the donut he has just consumed, "That's right Mom, it was pretty cool, wasn't it buddy?" I try to be impressed, but I just don't get it. Just as I don't understand their unbridled passion for fishing lures, remote control helicopters, and anything that goes "boom". They laugh over bawdy jokes involving bodily sounds, they build a fire at the campground just because it's fun to do, not because

we need it, they eat summer sausage sliced with their pocket knives and watch the latest survival video. It's indeed a private world these men inhabit, one that David's sister and I can only look at from the outside and shake our heads and wonder. What I really wonder is, what is this father teaching his son? It turns out he is teaching him plenty. Says Michael Gurian, author of The Wonder of Boys: What Parents, Mentors and Educators Can Do to Shape Boys into Exceptional Men (Putnam, 1996): "... a father raises his son in the father's shadow, a shadow both dark and beautiful, in which the son will learn essential lessons about how to live, first as a boy, then as a man. Whether he is teaching son commandments for living, or why fences must be built, or what it means to have a sacred mission, the father blesses the son with a man's power to shape both his inner and outer world as a male." So, dads, it seems that if you want to raise these boys into fine young men, you've got some work and responsibilities ahead (in addition to all the fun you guys are having). And it's important for us moms to get out of the way while the dads are doing their work. We've put together a list of 10 essential ways a father can nurture his son. This list was culled from the work of Michael Gurian and the research of Dr. Ken Canfield, founder of the "National Center for Fathering" (, whose mission is to "improve the well-being of children by inspiring and equipping men to be more effectively involved in the lives of children." So in honor of Father's Day, we offer you this:

10 Essential Ways a Father Can Nurture his Son: 1. Be intentional. Make a list of the skills, attitudes, and values you hope to instill in your son by the time he leaves home. Examples might include financial stewardship, the ability to delay gratification, prayer, basic auto maintenance, thankfulness, perseverance, honesty, a work ethic, modesty, or family togetherness. 2. Be a model for healthy expression of emotions. Dads 54 • June2012

need to help their sons regulate and express their emotions in a responsible way. Start by getting comfortable with showing your own emotions (this may take some work!) Then be a positive role model for expressing emotions, and for regulating anger. 3. Model and monitor respect. Many young men have lost a sense of respect, and it especially shows in their speech. We hear them trash talking, swearing, or denigrating women. Dads need to monitor the way their sons are talking, and teach them to use their speech for positive ends-like articulating thoughts and feelings, building relationships, giving encouragement and speaking words of life and peace. Dads also need to be a model and monitor for respecting authority. 4. Show love and affection. Boys with affectionate fathers develop positive self-esteem, they tend to thrive in schoolwork, and have fewer gender identity issues. So go ahead and give your son a big, old-fashioned bear hug-and do it often. Verbal affection is important as well. 5. Model a spiritual life. By your example, your son will gain an appreciation for prayer and other acts of devotion. 6. Live in concert with the natural world. Spend time outdoors with your son. Teach your son to respect and treasure the natural world around him. 7. Seek equal partnerships with women and female culture. Let your respect for your wife, daughters, and all other women be apparent in all you say and do. 8. Seek a male kinship system. Become part of a male community in which you support and are supported in your quest to be a better husband and father. 9. Be an agent of service. Share real-life experiences of service with your son. These could be as simple as daily acts of kindness to more structured projects such as volunteering once a month at a homeless shelter. 10. Observe rites of passage. As your son meets the benchmarks along the way that help signal new levels of maturity and responsibility, make sure you celebrate. Let him know what he has accomplished towards becoming a man.

Happy Father's Day to all you wonderful dads out there. We appreciate all you do to help our sons grow into fine young men. v June2012 • 55


Summer Museum Visits…Virtually! by

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Note: A version of this article appears in the May edition of the SENGvine, the monthly newsletter of SENG – Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (


arents tend to look at the summer months as a time to fit in some travel as well as educational time with the family. Visits to historic sites, museums, place of natural beauty are all popular choices. However, you are probably wondering how you can accomplish these visits with the high price of gasoline and with an economy that has you carefully choosing each dollar you spend. Nevertheless, you can still give your kids quality enrichment time at home by taking advantage of the many virtual museums that are available. With a computer, some curiosity, and a little imagination, you and your children can have some exciting adventures together! Perhaps you want to make your virtual trips special times, give them some local flavor, and show your children how exciting the sites can be by arranging a virtual outing. You could plan a morning or an afternoon for a special excursion to, say, Paris, the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum (, or New York’s American Museum of Natural History. To accomplish this, prepare an itinerary that shares a bit of what you will be doing and seeing during your trip. Microsoft has a website with templates for creating personalized schedules. Go to and search “Travel Itinerary.” If your excursion is to New York, Paris, Madrid, or another city, include a city map marked with the sites you will visit and encourage children to find their way from place to

place. Next, research the food of the country or region you plan to visit that day and prepare a snack or a picnic lunch to eat. This is a great recipe site: I searched “crepes” for my virtual trip to Paris and found a delicious recipe. Pretend your deck or your backyard is a park near your selected museum. Decorate it with items that will evoke the feeling of your destination (e.g., red checkered tablecloth and a miniature Eiffel Tower or Statue of Liberty. Finally, you may want to prepare a virtual photo journal of your trip, using PowerPoint, Prezi, or a similar product. You will want to spend some time investigating the following websites and planning exactly which would be the best fit for your children and their interests. Below are just a few places to visit online. There are many more, just Google it!

For the Scientist or Engineer The American Museum of Natural History ( There is a wonderful and very informative section about the human brain that contains slideshows, video clips and much more. On the homepage, search Brain. Also, visit the section ology (click on Kids and Family on the homepage). This is a children’s space that allows them to choose from several areas of interest and offers in-depth information and activities. Another great source is the homepage of the Natural Park Service ( From there you can learn much about our country’s natural and historic phenomena. Click on the photos and multimedia section for movies, podcasts and live webcams. Or, explore the San Francisco Exploratorium ( There you will find a variety of interactive activities. June2012 • 57

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For the Social Scientist A consortium of institutions created the Digital History website ( as a place for budding historians to find and access excellent resources. Of particular interest are the primary sources, the virtual exhibits, and the ethnic voices links. The Canadian Museum


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of Civilization’s online exhibitions are exceptionally interesting ( You will usually find a virtual exhibition on the homepage. Also, under Exhibitions, click on Online Exhibitions. Once you arrive at the online exhibitions, click on Civilizations and explore ancient treasures, the Dead Sea Scrolls, secrets of ancient Greece, and the mysteries of Egypt, and much more. For the budding anthropologist, I suggest the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkley (http://hearstmuseum. I had the opportunity to visit it and I find the online resources almost as delightful as the museum itself! Finally, at the National Women’s History Museum (, click on the online exhibits to learn about women spies in American History, women who ran for president, women’s role in World War II, and more.

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have superb interactive activities where children can learn about the orchestra and its instruments, and compose their own music as well. The National Music Museum ( is an amazing shrine to music. Begin with the ten-minute video narrated by Tom Brokaw, and then follow the virtual tours section that explores the history of music through its instruments.

Two great websites for music are the San Francisco Symphony for Kids ( and the New York Philharmonic Kidszone ( Both sites

In conclusion, there is a rich virtual world out there just waiting for you and your children to explore. Bon voyage! v June2012 • 59


It’s Father Day and Time to Focus on Men’s Health

by Jamie Lober Purchase Parenting & Family Staff


une is men’s health month and it is a prime time for all our male readers to focus on what they can do to stay fit and healthy. “Men have health-specific-related problems which pertain to their gender,” said Dr. Andrew Pierce, an Emergency Department Physician at Lourdes Hospital. Genetics may predispose men to certain diseases but they should focus on the variables they can control. Just like women, “Men should not smoke, maintain a healthy weight and eat lots of fruits and vegetables,” said Pierce. If you have a bad habit such as smoking, or drinking sodas, it is never too late to break it. “Unfortunately, here in Western Kentucky, there is a pretty high incidence of smoking. But the good news is that we have more tools available to us now than ever to help you break the habit,” said Pierce. It is all about taking the initiative. “You have to want to stop smoking and be prepared to work towards that goal,” said Pierce. Exercise is also very important to maintaining good health. “We find now that physical activity is increasingly and not only having great benefits physically but mentally as well. People who exercise and are physically active tend to be happier and perform better at school and work,” said Pierce.

Check the Basics Do not forget to check the basics. “You should be checked for your cholesterol levels and blood pressure,” said Pierce. The Men’s Health Network recommends blood tests and urinalysis every three years for men between twenty and thirty-nine, every two years for men forty to forty-nine and every year for men fifty and up. The purpose is to screen for various illnesses and diseases such as cholesterol, diabetes and kidney or thyroid dysfunction before symptoms occur. Some of the simplest things can be self-evaluated. The Men’s Health Network suggests self-exams monthly for men of all ages to check their testicles for lumps in their earlier stages. Men can also assess their skin for signs of changing 60 • June2012

moles, freckles or early skin cancer. Orally, they can look for signs of cancerous lesions in the mouth. They can also find abnormal lumps in the breast in the earliest stages.

be the first indication of polyps or colon cancer. Making good lifestyle choices is your best defense. “Diets high in fiber can lower the risk of colon cancer,” advised Pierce.

It is not uncommon to encounter health issues as you age. “You see a lot of issues recently about low testosterone and how that can impact men’s energy levels, physical fitness and sexual performance,” said Pierce. If you feel you are symptomatic from low testosterone and have low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, fatigue or depression, you should not be afraid to broach the topic with your doctor. “It is a hormone in the blood that they can check and it tends to be more in the middle of life that you start to see the levels decline,” said Pierce.

Know your Family Medical History

Prostate Health Prostate cancer is usually one of the top issues that come to mind when men think about their health. Although it has been found to be more prevalent as a disease in older populations, it can strike at any age. “If there is no family history, it is recommended that men start having conversations with their doctor about screenings around age forty-five,” said Pierce. If prostate cancer is detected, it’s no longer a death sentence. “Luckily, it is one of the cancers that tend to be slower-growing and not as aggressive but you still want to be vigilant and aware of it.”

Be open with your doctor and provide him with the information he needs to serve you best. “I would caution patients to not only be familiar with their own medical history, but their family’s as well. If you have a first degree relative with a certain medical condition, such as a parent or sibling, screening may begin earlier in life or at a more frequent pace,” said Pierce. It is also important to have a healthcare team in addition to your primary care doctor. “I would recommend a dental exam every year and seeing an eye doctor every two years,” said Pierce. As you age, visits should become more frequent. “By the time you reach sixty-five you should be getting a health screening on a yearly basis.” Men must realize that their health is precious and should be safeguarded. “Just like taking the car in for the oil change, men need to take themselves to the doctor’s office to make sure everything is running smoothly,” said Scott Williams, vice president of the Men’s Health Network. Men who neglect their health face consequences. “Regular checkups and age-appropriate screenings can reduce premature death and disability,” said Williams. There is no reason not to take charge. v

Colorectal Cancer If a man does not have a family history of colorectal cancer, he should start talking to the doctor about a colonoscopy about age fifty. “There is a one in twenty chance in a lifetime that you may develop colorectal cancer, and for men, it is more frequent than women,” said Pierce. The rectal exam screens for hemorrhoids, lower rectal problems, colon and prostate cancer. The prostate-specific antigen blood test measures the prostate-specific antigen which is produced by the prostate. Levels rise when there is an abnormality such as an infection or enlargement or cancer. Men above forty should have a hemoccult which screens the stool for microscopic amounts of blood that can

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any people realize that American students are falling behind academically compared to their international peers. The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) compares data on the Science and Math standings of U.S. 4th and 8th grade students compared to their peers in other countries. In 1999 U.S. 8th grade students were in 19th place in Math and in 2003 they were in 15th place. In 2007 they rose to 9th place but in that study five of the top performing countries did not participate. Why are American students so far behind in math? Perhaps the way math is taught needs to be reassessed? Singapore Math, a math program with successful results, hopes to do just that.

Singapore Math The success of Singapore Mathematics was not instantaneous but a result of an ongoing journey that began in the

by Robin Gericke Purchase Parenting and Family Staff

1980s. During this time, Singapore faced the challenge to develop a curriculum that would help students overcome difficulties with word problems and low achievement in Mathematics. To address this, the Curriculum Development Institute of Singapore (CDIS) now known as the Curriculum Planning & Development Division (CPDD), created the first Primary Mathematics series and co-published it with Marshall Cavendish Education. Published in 1982 as part of the national curriculum in Singapore, the Primary Mathematics series was the only Mathematics series used in Singapore primary schools till 2001. The mathematics curriculum was revised in 1990 has undergone curriculum reviews in 2000 and 2003 to reflect the rapid changes in a highly competitive and technologically driven world. In 2001, the Ministry of Education in Singapore opened up text book development to commercial publish-

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ers. My Pals are Here! Maths has been the market leader ever since. Today, Marshall Cavendish is the sole publisher of primary mathematics textbooks in Singapore, with 3 textbook programs in its list – My Pals are Here! Maths, Shaping Maths and Discover Maths. Since the introduction of this revolutionary math program Singapore students have seen a great improvement in their mathematical skills. In the TIMSS survey, Singapore went from 16th place out of 26 nations in 1984 to 1st place out of 59 nations in 1995. They were in 1st place again in 1999 and 2003, and placed in the top three in 2007. Due to its great success, Singapore Mathematics has grown in popularity and is now used in over 50 countries and in all 50 American states.

Why Is It Different? Singapore Math puts a high priority on teaching students to think critically and to be effective problem-solvers. Their primary math program is underpinned by the following five key principles: 1) Students should develop and explore the mathematics ideas in depth, and see that mathematics is an integrated whole, not merely isolated piece of knowledge; 2) Students should become competent in the various mathematical skills and over-emphasizing procedural

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the idea of mastering a subject, rather than continually repeating it. It is really good at teaching them a concept, and also giving them a problem that forces them to actually understand what they have been taught in order to solve it.” -Kimberly Futrell

skills without understanding the underlying mathematical principles should be avoided; 3) Students should acquire the process skills involved in the process of acquiring and applying mathematical knowledge; 4) Students should inculcate positive attitudes towards Mathematics. 5) Students to cultivate metacognition awareness through the learning of Mathematics. Colorful illustrations make math fun, while word problems encour- June2012 • 63

age critical thinking. Primary Mathematics (K-6) and Math in Focus by Marshall Cavendish (K–8), the U.S. edition of Singapore’s Mathematics curriculum for elementary to middle schools. Understanding that all students learn differently, Singapore Math employs a well designed and thought through curriculum that ensures students learned the concepts to mastery before moving on. While it might seem that the progress is slow at first, the strong foundation allows students to go above and beyond their grade level in math later on.

Singapore Math in Homeschools Singapore Math first became popular in America through homeschooling families that used the program. Kimberly Futrell, a local homeschool mom, has great success with Singapore Math. She has used Singapore Math for three years and says “It is a super successful program!” Futrell uses Singapore Math’s Kindergarten program and books 1, 2, 3, and 4 from Math in Focus. “I think the biggest difference is that Singapore does a much better job in teaching kids the "why" of Math and not just a list of formulas that they memorize,” Futrell said when asked to compare Singapore Math to other math curriculums. “My kids have become better than I am at being able to manipulate numbers and understand math.” One of the reasons Singapore Math is so suc-

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cessful is that it makes students apply the concepts they learned. “Singapore Math works on the idea of mastering a subject, rather than continually repeating it. It is really good at teaching them a concept, and also giving them a problem that forces them to actually understand what they have been taught in order to solve it,” says Futrell. “Singapore Math has been great both for my ‘math kid’ as well as for my kid who is not so great at math. I have really been pleased with it.”

Singapore Math in our local public schools Lisa Alvey, a 1st grade teacher at Heath Elementary, is also very impressed with the results of Singapore Math. Heath Elementary has used Primary Math for one year in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. “It is such a change to the way kids have done math previously that we want to phase it in to the older grades,” Alvey says. The change, however, is a good thing. “The students have a more solid foundation as far as understanding. They really grasp what is taking place and aren’t just learning math from repetition,” she says. “I think the biggest change is everything is based on thinking in terms of tens. They learn to think in terms of making groups of ten then adding in what is left.” Another change is the teaching style. “Singapore Math uses a lot more hands on things, like games and activities.” If someone told Lisa Alvey what the results of using Singapore Math would be, she wouldn’t have

believed them. “At the beginning of the year, the students start with a 100 number chart on their desk. I go over ‘find seven, add twelve, take away three, and where are you?’ with them. We start slowly, going forward and backwards. It is very impressive that by January, they don’t need the charts anymore and can do the math in their heads,” she says. “I have never taught anything that stresses mental understanding as much as this program.”

Great results in Marshall County Abby Griffy is the Elementary Supervisor at Marshall County School District. Marshall County began using Singapore Math in August of 2009. “The plan was to roll up one year at a time each year until all grades were implementing the program,” Griffy explained. “But with the news of the common core standards on their way and the increased rigor of the standards, we decided to just jump in head first and implement the program K-5 starting in August 2010. It is used in grades K – 5th: We chose the “Math in Focus” books for 1st through 5th grades and Primary Mathematics in Kindergarten. Both programs are based around the Singapore approach. “The Singapore approach encourages greater problem solving skills and creative thinking,” Griffy explained. “And the Singapore method encourages students to solve the problems using more than one approach.” The school district has seen a marked improvement in students’ test scores since implementation of the program. “We have recently changed the benchmark test we use to track student performance, but the most recent data we received from our benchmark test is very promising,” Griffy told me. “It indicates that on average at each grade level across the district, students are preforming a grade level above their actual grade. For example, on average our second graders are scoring on a 3rd grade level. Again this is the case for all grades in math.” According to many studies, our math skills are on the decline in America, however with some local schools and homeschool families using Singapore Math, our skills and our scores seem to be improving. Perhaps through the strong foundation this program provides American students will once again excel in math. For more information on Singapore math materials by Marshall Cavendish Education, please visit v June2012 • 65



Looking for Summer Fun? Check out Market House Theatre's Summer Schedule by Crystal Engler Purchase Parenting and Family Staff


ummer is often a time when parents frantically search for something to do with their kiddos. Luckily, the Market House Theatre in downtown Paducah is offering some exciting events which children are sure to love. It's not only important for kids to have fun this summer, but we all want our children to learn from their experiences. The Market House Theatre offers both. Children learn while having fun, which makes it all the more special. "The Market House Theatre Summer camp programs are a fun and

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creative way to spend your summer,” April Cochran, Education Director at the Market House Theatre, told me. “All of the classes are team activities. It's a really nice, short time frame where children can try out some acting to see if they like it. There's no previous experience needed at all. However be advised; most of the kids who take our summer programs love it so much that they wind up participating throughout the year!" The Market House Theatre's programs can help children in many ways. I spoke with Melanie Palmer, whose six-yearold son, Liam, participated in one of the summer programs last year. "There's no question that this kind of pro-

gram can improve confidence and the ability to present to others,” Palmer told me. “Liam has no problem getting up in front of his class to speak, and I have to think part of that has to do with the confidence of being on the Market House stage. He fell in love with the Market House Theatre, and we've been participating in their programs ever since." Liam also has positive things to say about their programs. "The Market House Theatre's summer camps are so fun. They improve your acting skills. If you sign up, I hope you enjoy it!"

Disney's Winnie the Pooh

dynamic." This program takes place on June 11th through the 15th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. The fee is $40.

Supernatural Shakespeare During this camp session kids will explore the mystical fairies, spirits, and monsters found in Shakespeare’s most famous plays. The camp, open to children in first through third grades, will teach children how to command an audience with "superpowers" and even learn some famous Shakespeare lines while doing it. Supernatural Shakespeare takes place on June 11th through the 15th from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. The instructor is Katie Hamilton and the fee is $45.

Everybody loves Winnie the Pooh! Based on the 2011 Disney animated feature film, this musical performance camp includes the whole gang: Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, and Christopher Robin. For this performance, Christopher Robin is captured by the Backson. Actors will be given the opportunity to experiment with stage makeup, props, and scenery. The camp takes place on June 11 - 23, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Performances of Disney's Winnie the Pooh will take place Friday, June 22 at 5:00 PM and Saturday, June 23 at 2:30 PM in the MainStage theatre. It's open to children in third through seventh grades. The instructor is April Cochran, and the fee is $130.

Shakespeare and Me If you want your child to get a jump start on theatrical involvement, Shakespeare and Me is the answer. Younger children (ages 4 and 5) are given a chance to participate in learning some of William Shakespeare's most famous lines in this camp. Kids will have a load of fun playing theatre games, having story time, and creating masterpieces through arts and crafts. The Market House Theatre's Shakespeare classes are completely new this year. "I'm really excited about the opportunity for kids of all ages to be able to enjoy this fun, interactive way of experiencing the 'Bard',” Cochran told me. The instructor, Katie Hamilton, is filled with energy and is very June2012 • 67

Shakespeare’s Villains Shakespeare's Villains is an exciting class that will explore the most colorful and thrilling characters of Shakespeare. Participants will create an original performance on the last day of class that will surely send chills down the audience’s spine. It's open to older children in grades 4 & 5 and will take place on June 11th through the 15th from 3:30 to 5:00 PM. The instructor is Katie Hamilton and the fee is $65.

A Midsummer ‘Shakespearience’ Middle and high school students are given an opportunity to work in depth on one of Shakespeare's most famous comedies, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Students will work as an ensemble to rehearse and perform an abridged version of this play on June 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, and 29 from 2:00 to 4:30 PM. The instructor is Katie Hamilton and the fee for this class is $90.

Puppets! Puppets! If your child enjoys puppets, this camp is for them. Students will put their visual and dramatic skills to the test in this exciting theatre workshop. Students will construct different types of puppets, learn puppet manipulation skills, and write short puppet shows. At the end of the camp partici-

pants will put on a puppet show for parents, family, and friends to enjoy. It takes place on July 9th through the 13th at 10:00 to 11:15 AM. Children in third through fifth grade are welcome. The instructor is Abby Bell, and the fee is $50.

Hollywood 102 This unique class offers students a chance to learn the basics for auditioning, acting, and filming for the camera. In addition, students are taught how to slate, make a PSA, commercial, and a short film. This class runs from July 9th through the 20th, Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Students from 7th grade through high school are welcome. The instructor is Abby Bell and the fee is $100.

“Forsooth! It’s a Good Manners Show!” For this camp, actors will use their imagination to perform a play set during the Middle Ages, where a wicked spell has been cast upon the kingdom and all good manners have suddenly disappeared. It's up to Sir Gwendolyn and Sir Dancelot to bring good manners back. Actors will learn about stage makeup, props, and scenery. This camp takes place from July 16th through the 27th, Monday through Friday, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. The instructor is April Cochran, and the fee is $85. It's open to all elementary grade students. The culmination will be a performance on Friday, July 27 at 5:00 in the MainStage theatre.

Improv City Comedy Club For this club, students will learn the tricks to Improv, while exploring ways to bring in comedy and discovering what works for an audience. This will be a fun opportunity for teens to test their quick thinking and comedy skills! This class will take place on July 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, and 27 from 3:15 - 4:15 PM. It's open to students in 7th grade through high school. The instructor is Abby Bell and the fee is $40.

Baa, Oink and Squawk Creative PlayShops This class is sure to be a favorite! Children will explore art, movement, and storytelling as they act out stories and play fun theatre games. It is a great introductory class for preschoolers or kindergartners. This’ playshop’ takes place on July 17, 19, 24 and 26 from 3:30 - 4:15 PM. The fee is $30 and April Cochran will be the instructor. The Market House Theatre offers something for all children this summer. To find out more or register, call them at (270) v 444-6828 or visit their website at 68 • June2012




Saving for College? Not so Fast! by

Robyn Passante Purchase Parenting and Family Guest Writer

If you’re feeling bad about not having much (if anything) saved for your child’s college tuition, relax: Turns out not saving for college could actually save your family more money when the tuition bill comes. “Most families don’t understand that the amount of savings you have for col-

lege can impact whether or not you qualify for financial aid,â€? says Dr. Bonnie Snyder, a certified college financial planner in Lancaster whose book, “The New College Reality: Make College Work For Your Career,â€? hit bookstores in April. “For some families, saving for college can actually be counterproductive.â€? The problem, Snyder says, is that not enough families understand the financial aid system. “I think many young families are given this blanket advice that of course you should pay for college, but ‌ it’s very old-fashioned advice, given that we now have a third party involved in the process.â€? That third party is the federal government, and here’s how



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the system works. Parents fill out a form, called the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, that tells the government how much income and assets both the parents and child have. The FAFSA form runs all that information through a formula and spits out a number: The family’s Expected Financial Contribution, or EFC. Say, for example, a family’s EFC is $10,000 per year. If Junior is accepted at a college whose tuition is $40,000 per year, it’s up to the college to put together a package for the family that makes up the $30,000 difference. Typically that’s a mix of student loans, grants and scholarships, though the ratio differs for each school. “Harvard gives no loans, only grants, because it’s a wealthier school,” Snyder says. If your child is accepted at more than one school, it pays to shop around for the best deal with the lowest number of student loans. But to lower their actual EFC, Synder suggests middle-class families redirect their focus from saving for college to sheltering their assets from the FAFSA formula. “This is no different from taking all the deductions available to you when you file your taxes,” she says. “You need to be sure to take advantage of all the options available to your family before filing for financial aid.” A few ways to save money that won’t show up on the FAFSA form:

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1. Pay down your home mortgage, as home equity is not taken into consideration on the FAFSA form. (Note: There is a separate financial aid form, called the PRO FILE, for private universities, and home equity is assessed on this form.)

low-income, you’ll be receiving quite a bit of aid for school. It’s the middle class that has to figure their way around the system. “Saving for college in the middle class is like running on a treadmill, because the more you save, the higher they raise the price,” she says.

2. Lose extra cash by paying off your debt. Debt is not factored into a family’s ability to pay, but extra cash certainly is.

One final tip for families, Synder says, isn’t necessarily one we can all make: “Have twins.” OK maybe not multiples, but having children close in age means most likely you’ll have two or more in college at the same time, and since your EFC is the same regardless of how many kids in college you have in a given year, you’ll save money in the long run. If, on the other hand, your children are five years apart, you’ll end up paying the EFC for eight straight years.

3. Buy the car (boat, computer, etc.) before you fill out the financial aid form, not after. They’ll take the money you had saved for the big purchase, even if the car was to get Junior back and forth to college. 4. Don’t keep a savings account in your child’s name, as a child’s assets are factored much more heavily than a parent’s assets. “When it comes to money saved by parents, they look at the parents’ expenses, the fact that they probably have a mortgage, a family to feed, and retirement to plan for, so they say ‘We’re only going to take about 6 percent of your assets each year.’ But a kid’s assets are different, a child’s savings account screams ‘Oh clearly this money is for college,’ so they’ll take a much higher percentage – 20 to 25 percent.”

Doesn’t lowering your EFC still just mean your child will end up with more student loans? Possibly, Snyder says, but by paying down your debt and your mortgage, you’ll be in a better financial position to help them with those, if need be. Securing your financial future will give you the breathing v room to help with theirs. Robyn Passante is a freelance writer who is suddenly feeling pretty good about her sons being 21 months apart. She can be reached at

This last tip is probably counter to what your financial adviser has told you, and in a way both are correct. “Oftentimes financial planners will advise you to keep a savings account in a child’s name for tax purposes, because children are in a lower tax bracket,” Snyder says. “It’s not bad tax advice, but it’s not good college savings advice.” The trick, she says, is to figure out early on where you are likely to land on the FAFSA scale. (Check out the EFC calculator at If you’re wealthy chances are you’ll be footing most, if not all, of the college bill anyway, so your focus should be sheltering yourself from taxes. If you’re June2012 • 71

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