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Center Stage Dance Studio: Where Stars Are Born & Dreams Come True. ................................. 6 iCook: Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals ................................. 9 iSupport: 9 Years of Pulling 80,000 Pounds The Big Brown Truck Pull for SOKY ........................................... 12

iWatch: WKCTC Solar Eclipse Extravaganza ............................. 26 Calendar & Community Directory .................................................. 27 Special Pullout: Back To School Enrichment & Activities Guide. .......................... 31

iDoctor: Is Your Family At Risk for Opioid Addiction? .......... 1 4

iLearn: Tip Sheet for Families Start Now to Build a School Routine ................................................ 4 4

iPlay: A Spectacular Season & More at The Clemens Fine Arts Center .............................................................. 17

iPlay: Expanding Creativity & Knowledge Through the Arts 2017-18 Carson Center Class Acts Educational Series ...... 68

iLove It: Get Ready in Red September 9th .............................. 2 0 iSupport: Habitat for Humanity Funds for Affordable Housing to Alleviate Poverty .................. 22 iFix: Repair Concierge "Any Repair Under Your Roof" ........................................................ 25 4



iPlay: An Eclipse Party to Remember ............................. 72 Advertiser's Index ............................................................................................ 73 Clip & Save .......................................................................................................... 74

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espite the heat of the summer, many of our readers are heading back to school and the getting kids ready for the start of after-school activities. Purchase Area Family Magazine is excited to bring you our annual Back-to-School Activities & Enrichment Guide. From dance and theatre, to sports and knitting, there is something for everyone in this pull-out! We’ve got great tips from our resident iCook for easy and quick weekday meals as well as primers for the Carson Center Family Series, and WKCTC Clemens Center Art in Focus series. August 21 is the Solar Eclipse and the area is expecting a flood of visitors from all over the globe! The biggest celebration in Paducah will probably be at WKCTC as they will be holding Night At Noon! Check of our Eclipse party ideas and all the eclipse events in our huge calendar. On a personal note, I want to thank everyone who send their prayers, condolences and concern when my mother passed away July 1. My sister and I miss her very much. At 94 she had led an amazing life and Mum was certainly an inspiration. The poems, stories, and articles she wrote during her lifetime are a testament to her talents and a legacy I shall cherish.

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L-R (back row) Hannah Kathleen Hill, Bella Henson, Hannah Riley (center) Bella May; (front row) Rylan Glover, Annie Story, Anna Claire West

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Center Stage Dance Studio

Where Stars Are Born & Dreams Come True


ur cover this month are the beautiful dancers from Center Stage Dance Studio. These amazing kids are truly stars on Broadway – Broadway in Paducah of course! From left to right they are; (back row) Hannah Kathleen Hill, Bella Henson, Hannah Riley; (center) Bella May; (front row) Rylan Glover, Annie Story, Anna Claire West. These young ladies represent the many dancers who are part of the Center Stage family.

Dreams Come True

Lisa Hill is the owner and principal dance teacher at Center stage Dance Studio. Lisa’s love of dance may have begun as a child but it blossomed during her college years. “When I thought about opening a dance studio, I remembered back to my first dance class,” Hill told me. “I was excited to go to a dance class! That was a very happy and positive time in my life. I want to create that same feeling of happiness, excitement and positive emotion for all my students. I want them to love dance!” Center Stage students have achieved their dreams joining dance teams, professional companies and cast members of Broadway shows. A professional career in the performing arts is not the dream of every Center Stage student – but it can be a possibility for everyone! But perhaps more importantly, Center Stage students have used the skills and discipline they have learned though dance to help them achieve goals in other areas of their lives.

Nurturing Technical Instruction

While most parents want their children to participate in extracurricular activities it can be hard to find the time for children’s sports and dance lessons. Especially if part of the commitment involves a heavy emphasis on the tournaments and competitions. Center Stage offers classes that are welldefined, nurturing and provide good technical instruction. As the children get older and the opportunity for competitive dance enters the picture, parents must decide if they are able to commit the necessary time for their child to participate. “It’s not necessary for every student to be in a competition team,” Hill reiterated. “Most just want their children to enjoy learning to dance. What’s important is that every student knows they are an integral part of the school.”

Making a Difference

Lisa Hill always knew she would dedicate her life to working with children. She thought about becoming a social worker or therapist, but owning Center Stage Dance Studio gives her the best of both worlds; she can teach dance



and make a difference to every child who is part of the Center Stage family. Hill’s main objective for her students is to be taught, nurtured, mentored and happy. At the end of the day, it’s all about the kids – that is where her heart is. “I’m always looking out for the best interest of the child,” said Hill.

Kindness, Harmony & A Positive Self Image

Hill is dedicated to making Center Stage the best school it can possibly be and takes the responsibility of teaching her students very seriously. “I want my students to learn to dance, but more importantly, I want to instill in them the values that I hold dear; hard work, dedication, teamwork, a positive self-image and kindness to others. As a teacher I help to mold young people and I take that responsibility very seriously. We focus on working as a team where everyone is valued.” Hill sees each of her students as individuals. “Every child at Center Stage is treated fairly and given the attention they need. Whether your child sees themselves as a professional dancer or is strictly at class for socialization and to improve their dance skills. Kids need to enjoy themselves and have great memories of their years dancing.” Center Stage is about family – Hill’s family and her dance families. She shared her passion for dance with the two nieces she has raised, and the children she has adopted. She taught them to dance and now they are teaching their children. This is the third generation of teachers in the family. Having her family in the studio is a true blessing, but for Hill, the best gift is when her former students bring their own children back for lessons. Center Stage Studio is truly a multi-generational endeavor.

Structure & Fun

At this time of the year, many dancers and their parents are weighing their options and considering where to take dance instructions. Center Stage has all the professional equipment you would expect from a top notch dance academy including floating floors, floor to ceiling mirrors, ballet barres and a viewing window in the waiting area. Center Stage has a talented and caring staff – the teachers love Center Stage and the core staff have been together for over twenty years. “There’s something special about the teamwork and comradery of the staff,” said Hill.

Affordable Classes

Another priority for Hill is making sure her classes are affordable. “In today’s economy, and as a single parent, I know how hard it is provide children with all the opportunities you want for them. By making my studio the most affordable in town, I hope to encourage families to become involved with dance.” “As a parent, I know what dedication and hard work involves”, said Hill. “By example, I can show them that it pays off.” Being in a dance school creates memories that last a life time and Hill wants those memories to be wonderful. She is committed to creating a legacy for her students and for her family.

In-House Competition Team

Center Stage offers an in house competition team. Any student, five and over, who attends Center Stage can be a part of the team. There are no auditions required. Hill wants every student at Center stage to excel. Competition helps the studio remain current and vital. Student and instructors learn what’s cutting edge in the dance world. The



* competition team helps students take their dance techniques a little bit further then just classes. It’s just like being on a basketball team – competition makes you better and give you something to strive for.

Your Instructors

Center Stage is proud of the quality of its instructors. Although Hill teaches many of her own classes, she is assisted by Assistant Director Kim Dill and Lead Instructor Kristin Tracy. Instructor Ms. Stacy Stahl Brown has 30 plus years of teaching experience in many forms of dance and currently specializes in teaching Ballet and Pointe. She holds a bachelor’s degree in performing arts with an emphasis in dance. Also on staff is Daniel Baine, (from St. Louis, Missouri) who teaches Hip Hop. Joining the staff this year is former student, Megan Gibson who recently graduated from Murray State. Hill also brings in guest instructors from across the country, giving the Center Stage students additional opportunities to learn new skills. Center Stage Dance Studio is located inside Energy Fitness on New Holt Road in Paducah. “It’s a great location for our families and dancers,” Hill explained. “Parents can choose to work out while their child is dancing, or siblings can take a gym or martial arts class from

the schools located in the complex. Child care is also available on site for gym members. If they wish to stay and watch their child’s class we have a private viewing room where parents can watch through a large, one way observation window Center Stage has also reached out to neighboring local communities offering classes at the Mayfield YMCA and in Benton at the Joe Creason Center. This allows families to avoid the drive time to Paducah while still taking advantage of the excellent instruction and instructors available at Center Stage.


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by Britt AllGood


t may well be the height of summer but it’s already time for the kids to go back to school! That means after school activities start back up, sports practices are in full swing and Mom and Dad are running around half the evening - who has time to cook! Most families have a lot less time to shop and prepare food during the week. If you’re lucky you have about 45 minutes to get a meal together and eat. What do you prepare? It’s very tempting to eat out or buy fast food when you have a house full of hungry tired people and homework to tackle. This month iCook comes to the rescue with quick and delicious ideas for a home cooked meal. Enroll the kids in helping to prepare these dishes and create some family time at the dinner table.

Plan & Cook Ahead

Planning for the busiest nights can save you a lot of time. This starts with a menu and cooking as much of the common items you will need at one time. Roasting a couple of chickens can provide the protein for two or three meals. Besides roast chicken, you can shred the meat for a casserole, quesadillas, or soup which can all be prepared in 15 to 30 minutes. Spaghetti sauce can be prepared in bulk on the weekend and used throughout the week. The sauce can be served with pasta and meatballs (make them ahead of time,) or the base for Lasagna which keeps well in the refrigerator or freezer for days. Add a green salad or steamed vegetable to any of these for a wellrounded meals.

Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals it first and let it simmer while you are preparing your sides. Enlist the help of family members in cleaning or chopping vegetables allowing you to concentrate on other aspects of the meal. Almost any meat can be cooked quickly and still be flavorful and tender. The trick is how you prep the meat before cooking. Don’t expect to cook an inch-thick pork chop in a few minutes without it being overdone on the outside and nearly raw in the middle. But a thin boneless pork chop can be sautéed in a matter of minutes for a great meal. The same holds true for boneless chicken breasts, especially if you have a meat tenderizer. By butterflying them or tenderizing the breasts to a consistent thickness, they cook evenly and quickly without getting tough. This type of prep is used for dishes like chicken piccata or marsala. Pasta and some rice dishes can be prepared within 30 minutes. Many rustic pasta sauces can be prepared in less time than it takes to boil the pasta. I make a rustic pasta sauce with sausage and cannellini beans and it can be ready in 20 to 30 minutes (see recipe below). Many of these dishes are basically one pot meals but you can always add a small side salad or steamed vegetable. I know your time is at a premium but remember that you have quick and healthy options that can be prepared at home. It’s better for you, cheaper than fast food and you may get to spend some quality time with your family. Live, Laugh, Love and Eat Well.

Crock Pot Cooking

Crock pot cooking is another great way to save time. For example, a beef pot roast or pork shoulder can slow cook all day and be ready when you get home. Both meats can be served as is with a few vegetables or shredded for use in hash, soft tacos or burritos for a fun Mexican theme night. There is an abundance of slower cooker recipes available, whether in specialty cook books or online.

Cooking Fresh

Personally, I prefer to cook from fresh ingredients whenever possible. Cooking from scratch does require some time but you can still prepare a great meal in 30 to 45 minutes - but you have to cook efficiently. If your main dish must cook the longest, start




Crock Pot Roast 1 1 1-2 3-4 3-4 2-3 1 2 2

beef roast, 3 to 5 LBS (use one with a little fat on it or good marbling) Rutabaga, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes Turnips, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes large carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces parsnips, peeled, cored and chopped into 1 inch long pieces large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces (optional) large Onion, peeled and diced stalks celery, cleaned and chopped into 1 inch pieces cups beef stock

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2 cups red wine ¼ tsp crushed red pepper 1 tsp dried thyme 1-1 ½ tsp dried rosemary Salt and pepper to taste 2 TBSP Olive or Vegetable oil Clean and chop all your vegetables. Place the rutabaga, turnip and carrots on the bottom of your crock pot. Place the oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Season the roast with salt and pepper on both sides and sear it for a couple of minutes on all sides to give it some color. Remove the skillet from the heat and place the seared roast into the crock pot. Add the remaining vegetables, beef stock and seasonings. Then add the wine until the ingredients are just covered. If you haven’t covered the ingredients, add some water to increase the volume. Cover the pot and turn the crock pot on high for at least 8 to 9 hours. There is enough liquid volume in the pot that the roast will not dry out. The longer it cooks the more tender the roast will be. Check your seasoning level and add salt or pepper to taste before serving.

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When you are ready to eat, pour use some of the juices from the pot over your mashed potatoes (if you didn’t cook them in the crock pot). You can also use the juices to make gravy by preparing a simple roux and adding liquid to reach the consistency that you like. Total Prep and cook time about 40 minutes. Serves 4. Recommended wine pairing with a Pinot Noir or Chianti.

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Roman Style Chicken 4 2 1 ½ 1 ½ ¼

skinless chicken breast halves skinless chicken thighs (I generally just use breasts instead of the thighs) tsp salt tsp fresh black pepper cup olive oil

1 1 3 2 1 – 15 ½ 1 1 ½ 2 ¼ parsley

red bell pepper, sliced yellow bell pepper, sliced oz Prosciutto, chopped cloves garlic, chopped oz can diced tomatoes cup white wine TBSP fresh thyme leaves tsp fresh oregano leaves cup chicken stock TBSP capers cup chopped fresh flat leaf

Season the chicken with ½ tsp each of salt and pepper. In a heavy, large skillet or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. When hot, cook the chicken until browned on both sides. Remove from the pan and set aside. Keep the pan on medium heat, add the peppers and prosciutto and cook until the peppers have browned and the prosciutto is crisp, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook a minute. Add the tomatoes, wine, and herbs. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up the

brown bits on bottom of pan. Return the chicken to the pan, add the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until the chicken is cooked through, about 20 to 30 minutes (I generally let this go about 45 to 60 minutes). Just before serving, add the capers and parsley. Stir to combine. You can make the chicken ahead and store overnight. Bring the chicken and sauce back to a simmer and add the capers and parsley just before serving.




iSUPPORT by Sarah Ladd

9 Years of Pulling 80,000 Pounds The Big Brown Truck Pull for SOKY


he summer months are bursting with fun and community events in downtown Paducah. Live on the River is Paducah’s chance to enjoy continual free activities and live local music. The annual Big Brown Truck Pull is returning this year on August 5th as a part of the 2017 Live on the River. The money raised benefits the athletes from Paducah/McCracken County and throughout the state. For those involved it is more than a fundraising effort, The Big Brown Truck Pull raises awareness about the special needs population in western Kentucky. This will be the 9th annual truck pull for Special Olympics Kentucky (SOKY). Teams of 15, from companies and organizations throughout the area, sign up in advance of the event. On the big day they take their turn and see who can pull a loaded UPS 18-wheeler 12 feet in the shortest amount of time. That’s approximately 80,000 pounds! Younger teams have the option of pulling a UPS panel delivery truck – still heavy but a little easier to get moving.

Be A Team!

Teams are limited to 15 pullers and can be made up of friends, family members or coworkers. Many teams that participate in the Big Brown Truck Pull come from companies and other community organizations, but they could just as easily be any 15 friends or neighbors. Teams raise a minimum of $750 (or about $50 per team member) to compete, youth division teams are to raise a minimum of $300. If you are interested in being




on a team, spread the word with your coworkers, neighbors, family, or friends. This will be a fun and bonding experience, so get the gang together and sign up! “We would LOVE to have more teams sign up,” said Laura Miller, the West Regional Director of Special Olympics Kentucky. “Teams can register as late as the day of the event. However, we do encourage teams to register online prior to the event.” Online registration can be completed at 2017paducahtruckpull.kintera. org. Winners are crowned in men's, women's and co-ed divisions for fastest pull times. There are also younger divisions where

teams of children 12 and under or 13 to 16 pull a UPS panel delivery truck. There are additional prizes for the Top Individual Fundraiser and Top Fundraising Team as well as a team spirit award and an award for the best team Truck Pull T-shirt.

Spreading the Message

“The McCracken Co SOKY delegation is a very active one,” said Miller. “It touches the lives of many athletes and their families. The delegation is hoping to grow and expand and they are always looking for new athletes, coaches and volunteers. Events like the Truck Pull are a wonderful opportunity for us to spread the message of Special Olympics and to bring awareness to our local athletes, their accomplishments, and their needs.” Laura is hoping to increase the event’s participation and funds. “Last year's event raised a little over $25,000,” she told me. “This year, we hope to raise at least $30,000.”

“The Truck Pull allows our athletes to join with our community and raise funds that are needed throughout the year. The money raised helps our athletes with all the sporting events they participate in such as basketball, cheer leading, bowling, track and field, and softball. Funds raised helps with event expenses, uniforms, travel, and more.” “The most important thing about Special Olympics athletes is they get to be with their peers and compete at 100% of their abilities - no matter what. My son has grown so much and made so many friends all over Kentucky. If we didn't have our community behind us none of these things can happen for our McCracken County Special Olympics athletes!"

LIVE On The River

It's A Family!

On site check in will be from 3-6pm. The Big Brown Truck Pull will get underway with the first pull at 6:30pm and the event will wrap up around 9pm. Live music provided by the Murr-Vegas All Stars starts at 4pm on the Wilson Stage. Even if you aren't pulling it is a great evening to come out and enjoy the exciting competition. Venders will be available on Water Street to sell food from 4-8:30pm.

“As the new local coordinator, a coach, volunteer, and mother of a Special Olympics athlete, I truly understand the importance of the Paducah Big Brown Truck Pull event in our community,” she told me.

For more information about the 2017 Big Brown Truck Pull, please contact Jennifer McMahon at 502.326.5002 or

I spoke with Lori Schroader, a local coordinator for McCracken County. She shared her feelings about this spirited annual event.



Since 1970, Special Olympics Kentucky has helped people with intellectual disabilities build confidence, increase positive self-image, and develop physical fitness with its year-round program of sports training and competition. In addition to experiencing the joy of sports, through Special Olympics competition athletes learn teamwork, how to work with a coach, how to handle adversity and success and how to work to improve their skills - all life skills that they take with them off the field, court or track and into their schools and their jobs. Special Olympics Kentucky currently offers training and competition in 15 sports statewide that lead to 10 State Level events, including the State Summer Games, which draw more than 1,300 athletes to Richmond, each year. Currently Special Olympics Kentucky serves more than 6,600 athletes and their families throughout the state of Kentucky.




iDOCTOR by Sarah Ladd

Is Your Family at Risk for Opioid Addiction?


f you have ever had surgery, broken a bone, or even had a C-section you were probably given an opioid pain medication. Chances are you didn’t take very many or take them for very long – which is probably a good thing. Opioid drugs can be highly addictive and overdosing is often fatal so it’s not surprising most are designated as controlled substances. The number of people prescribed opioids has risen dramatically in recent years. The over-prescribing of opioid medications and availability of inexpensive illicit heroin has been blamed on the epidemic addiction rates that we now see in many parts of the US. In 2011, an estimated 4 million people in this country used opioids recreationally or were dependent on them. In 2013, that number has risen to between 28 and 38 million people, 0.6% to 0.8% of the population between the ages of 15 and 65.

What Are You Addicted To?

Most Americans are addicted to something – working out, school, eating, alcohol, running, smoking, and/or controlled substances. Addiction drives people to using or abusing a thing in excess and that causes physical, social, and psychological damage. An obsession with anything, no matter how seemingly safe, can result in addiction and damage. Opioids are designated controlled substances because if you’re addicted to them you have a much greater possibility of dying from an overdose. Opioid addiction and death is a serious problem for western Kentucky. In 2015, Kentucky ranked number three on a list of states most prone to drug overdose. “Opioid addiction has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. and particularly in Kentucky,” said J. Patrick Kerr, Public Affairs Director for Four Rivers Behavioral Health. “Between 2015 and 2016, the number of deaths attributed to overdoses in this area has nearly doubled, with opioids indicated as the primary toxin in nearly all of the overdose fatalities.”

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According to Kerr one of the root causes of the problem is just how easy it is to obtain the medications. Maybe someone in your home broke their leg or had their wisdom teeth removed. These powerful painkillers exist to relieve pain. The problem comes when people (teens especially) take these types of medicine not for pain but for fun – for the feeling of euphoria and contentment that comes with taking these prescriptions. “The use of opioids amongst teens is an especially difficult problem to tackle,” said Kerr. “Most are introduced to opioids as prescription pain killers and, after all, it’s just a pill. Pills comes from doctors so, “it’s not like they’re dangerous.” And, that’s true. There are many instances when a doctor prescribes an opioid painkiller like OxyContin or Vicodin because it is truly needed. The fact that these drugs are so easily available makes it even harder to convince youth that they are dangerous. It is likely, that right now, at least half of the students in any given school system could go home, open their parents or grandparent’s medicine cabinet and find some of these pills!”

Opioids Have Legitimate Uses .


Opioid medications are made with either the Opium Poppy or are synthetic. Opioids come in various forms, and not all are illegal. For example, Codeine, OxyContin™, Fentanyl, Percocet™, Vicodin™ are legal and can be used in a constructive way. One opioid that is illegal is heroin and it can be very harmful.




Addiction can take everything from you. Give up your life or get help. The Hazelden/Betty Ford designed COR-12 treatment program is the newest option for opioid abuse treatment at Four Rivers Behavioral Health. The program offers individually tailored medically assisted treatment in conjunction with intense counseling and a 12-step component. Addiction is a disease, and much like other illnesses, it is treatable. Addiction is not a character flaw and you are not to blame. However, you are to blame if you choose not to get treatment. For information about our substance abuse services, contact Four Rivers Behavioral Health’s Center for Specialized Addiction Services at 270.442.8039 or visit our COR-12 website at

Substance Abuse Services

How Do You Know If You Are Addicted?

If you are not sure how to tell whether or not you have become addicted to opioids, there a few signs to look for. If you answer yes to any of these, you may want to see your physician: • Does it take a larger dose now to get the same result as when you began? • After quitting, do you experience nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea? • Do you find yourself redirecting needed moneys towards opioids? • Are you putting off quitting for no obvious reason?

Just As with Most Diseases, There's A Treatment

Addiction is a disease. It is not a choice. It does not happen because someone is weak willed or a bad person. It is a disease like any other and it can be treated. An increasing number of doctors are qualified to treat opioid addiction in their offices. Your own family doctor may be one of these doctors. Visit, enter your zip code, and see a list of physicians capable of evaluating and treating this addiction in their offices. Opioids act on the opioid receptors of the brain causing dopamine to be released. Dopamine is the natural chemical in the brain that relieves pain. It also is the “pleasure” chemical in the brain. Dopamine is released naturally during pleasurable activities or to counteract pain in the body. Opioids force the release of this chemical at much higher levels. It’s generally the euphoria effect that attracts recreational use, and frequent, escalating recreational use of opioids typically results in addiction. An overdose or concurrent use with other depressant drugs commonly results in death from respiratory depression.

According to Paducah’s Behavioral Health Group, ( “Scientific advances over the past 20 years have shown that drug addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease of the brain that results from the prolonged effects of drugs on the nervous system. In addition, addiction has embedded behavioral and psycho-social aspects that are important parts of the disease itself. Thus, effective treatment must include physiological (i.e., medical) and psychological (i.e., behavioral) components.”

Personalized Help

Four Rivers Behavioral Health (FRBH) has served our community for a number of years. They actively provide comprehensive, integrated mental health, substance abuse, and mental retardationdevelopmental disability services that promote the health and quality of life of our community members. FRBH offers many different programs and they are able to help you through an opioid addiction. They understand that addiction is a disease, and they work through various programs to help each individual get the personalized help that they need. FRBH offer a comprehensive program called COR-12 (Comprehensive Opioid Response with a Twelve Step component with treatment). This program is an integrated model of care that combines the use of medication as an option for treatment along with clinical practice and Twelve Step Facilitation.

You Can Be A Part Of The Solution

There are several ways you can help tackle the spiraling opioid addiction crisis in our community. You can fight for better pharmaceutical regulations, more drug control, and most importantly you can help a friend or family member get treatment. If you know someone struggling with addiction, help them seek out the help they need to recover. If we all fight addiction together, we can make our community a better place. If you are in the process of recovery, keep a daily journal about your feelings and progress. You can look back on this later and see how far you’ve come! If a friend of yours is in recovery, be there for them. Visit to learn how to get help. Remember, addiction is not your fault. Not getting help is.





iPLAY by Amy Noles

A Spectacular Season & More at


he 2017-2018 Arts in Focus series at the Clemens Fine Arts Center promises another sensational season. The Center is located at West Kentucky Community and Technical College and tickets are on sale now! Clemens Fine Arts Center Director, Brian Heller, is really pleased to have a great variety of events this year. They have been chosen because they will appeal to a wide variety of audiences. “We hope people will come and see these unique performances - ones they might not otherwise see, as well as things they love,” he told me. “I’m looking forward to involving area choral students with the a capella group, m-pact. It’s a great lineup, and the tickets are very affordable.”.

Jerrod Niemann

September 22, 2017 The Arts in Focus Series kicks off Friday, September 22 with the hit country artist, Jerrod Niemann. Prolific Nashville hit-maker Jerrod Niemann speaks from his heart with his romantic new single, God Made A Woman. Fueled by a nearly decade-long career, he is digging deeper with his forthcoming Curb Records album featuring an uplifting duet, A Little More Love, with good friend and label mate Lee Brice. Known for clever wordplay and attention-grabbing lyrics, Niemann has a number of hits, including the number ones, Lover, Lover and Drink to That All Night.

groups in the world" by the San Francisco Chronicle, m-pact is respected worldwide as a cutting-edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music. Emerging from an age of auto-tune and overproduction, this Los Angeles-based ensemble has cultivated a new generation of ears hungry for the fresh, raw power of nature's first instrument - the human voice.


October 27, 2017 A capella ensemble m-pact brings their tight harmonies to the Clemens stage on Friday, October 27. Hailed "one of the best pop-jazz vocal




Capitol Steps

February 16, 2018 Laugh off the winter blues with great comedy from the Capitol Steps on Friday, February 16. There is a long and rich tradition of political satire in the United States, and the premier group for spoofing, lampooning, and laughing out loud at our political leaders is the Capitol Steps. The Steps take their songs and skits skewering the politics of the day on the road, and have made numerous television appearances. Start your election year right with the Capitol Steps.

American Spiritual Ensemble

January 21, 2018 Sunday, January 21 will bring the warmth and history of the American Spiritual Ensemble. Composed of some of the finest singers in the United States, the mission of the American Spiritual Ensemble is to keep the American Negro spiritual alive. Since its inception by University of Kentucky professor Dr. Everett McCorvey in 1995, the ensemble has thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic repertoire ranging from spirituals to classical to jazz and Broadway numbers highlighting the Black experience.




Moscow Festival Ballet

April 22, 2018 The Moscow Festival Ballet returns to the Clemens Center on Sunday, April 22 with the ageless tale of Sleeping Beauty. The Moscow Festival Ballet brings classic Russian ballet in the tradition of the Bolshoi and Mariinsky theatres to audiences around the world. Scored with the timeless beauty of Tchaikovsky’s classic music, Moscow Festival Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty is considered a masterpiece of classical ballet.

Tickets are now on sale for the five performances! Adult season tickets are just $100 per person, and student or child season tickets are $50 per person. Single tickets for the Arts in Focus Series are also available. To purchase tickets and stay up to date on all Clemens Fine Arts Center events, visit or call the box office at 270.534.3212.

Author Andrew Maraniss

November 13, 2017 The Clemens Center will present author Andrew Maraniss who will talk about his book, Strong Inside, the story of Perry Wallace. Wallace was a basketball star who in 1966 became the first black player in the Southeastern Conference.

Community Chorus

December 3, 2017 WKCTC Community Chorus will return to the Clemens Center this season. This non-audition volunteer choir is open to all who love to sing. The college’s Community Chorus will present a holiday concert on December 3, and a spring concert on April 29, 2018.

One Book Read - The Age Of Miracles March 13 -14, 2018 2017-18 marks the 10th anniversary of WKCTC's One Book Read! This year's Read features Karen Thompson Walker, New York Times bestselling author of The Age of Miracles. As a culmination to the One Book Read, Walker will visit the Clemens Center on March 13 and 14 to discuss her book with WKCTC students, faculty, staff and community members. This year’s One Book Read is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council. Backstage Pass Coffeehouse performances, and Paducah School of Art and Design’s visual art exhibitions round out the 2017-18 season.





iLOVE IT by Jennifer Rukavina


Get Ready in Red September 9th

looding, house fires, tornadoes, and crippling ice storms can change our landscape and leave our families vulnerable in an instant. September is National Preparedness Month and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the American Red Cross in our community, the local chapter wanted to reach out and offer tools to get ready for future disasters in a convenient and easy way. Everyone in western Kentucky should make sure they mark their calendars and attend a free Community Disaster Preparedness Fair, Ready in Red. It’s hosted by the Western Kentucky Chapter of the Red Cross and will take place on September 9th from 10am to 2pm. The event will be held at the grounds of the new Holiday Inn Paducah Riverfront Hotel with a beautiful view overlooking the Ohio River.

Free Starter Kit

Families across our region will be able to take part in activities designed to prepare individuals in the event of a home or community disaster. The first 200 families will be given their own free starter disaster preparedness kit when they attend. Throughout the event there will be displays and demonstrations from area response agencies such as the Paducah National Weather Service, McCracken County Emergency Management, Paducah Fire Department and others. There will be activities for kids to take part in and become prepared family members. Jason Lindsey, science educator with Hooked on Science will be there to provide experiments and fun learning moments.

Meet Sports & TV Celebrities!

You’ll also get the chance to meet former Titan’s football player George Wilson and The Weather Channel’s Dr. Greg Forbes as we welcome them as special guests of the fair!




One thing I believe wholeheartedly is that a community prepared is a community strong. As our community grows and expands it’s important that we remember that disasters can strike at any time and the better prepared we are, the more resilient we’ll be in recovery.

Sponsors Welcome!

Our local Red Cross chapter is still welcoming business sponsors for this event. You can obtain more information concerning sponsor levels and event opportunities by contacting Jennifer Rukavina at rukavin88@ Here are a few recommendations from the American Red Cross on how you can begin putting together a disaster preparedness plan at home: The Be Red Cross Ready program recommends three main courses of action:

Get a Kit - Have Supplies Ready

Every family should assemble, or buy, a disaster supplies kit. It should contain at least three days of provisions in an easy–to–carry container, like a backpack. Remember to check the contents of your kit every six months and replace expired items.

Make a Plan - Communicate with Your Family

As part of your family communications plan, each person should know how to reach family members even if the phone system is not operating. That should include an out-of-area contact and where to meet if they can’t go home.

Be Informed - Know First Aid & CPR

Every family should know what resources are available to them and

the types of disasters most likely to occur where they live, work and play. It is also highly recommended that older children and adult family members take first aid and CPR courses - a vital component of disaster preparedness.

Be Aware of Impending Severe Weather

You should know what your risks are and prepare to protect yourself, your family, and community. Recognize an impending hazard and know what to do to protect yourself and your family. Taking effective steps to prepare beforehand will aid recovery after the event. Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected are the same for all types of hazards. However each emergency is unique. It’s important to know the actions to take for each threat as this will impact the specific decisions and preparations you make. By learning about these specific threats, you are preparing yourself to react in an emergency.

Need Help?

The Western Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross provides disaster preparedness and response, and health and safety education to residents of Western Kentucky, as well as assistance to families with members in the military. Led by volunteers, the Western Kentucky Chapter responds to local disasters day and night, any day of the year. For more information, including downloadable resources, regarding how individuals and families can prepare for disasters visit redcross. org/BeRedCrossReady or contact the Western Kentucky Chapter at 270.442.3575.

Create a Disaster Emergency Kit

Share this website with your family and children: There you can find a library of weather articles for kids, games and quizzes, and how children can create their own disaster emergency kit. All local Red Cross disaster assistance is made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of area disasters by making a financial gift to the Western Kentucky Chapter, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. Contributions may be sent to the Western Kentucky Chapter, 232 N. 8th Street, Paducah. Or, make a secure online credit card donations by visiting local/kentucky.





iSUPPORT by Sarah Ladd

Habitat for Humanity

Funds for Affordable Housing to Alleviate Poverty


here are families living in our local communities that are extremely poor - they do not have enough money to pay rent, buy food, or even keep themselves warm. Unless we have experienced financial hardship ourselves, or know someone

Less Than $24,008 a Year

According to the 2015 US Census, 23.9% of households in Paducah live in poverty. In the U.S. poverty is determined by income, amount of family members, and the members’ ages. A four-member family in the US has to make more than $24,008 a year to be considered above the poverty level.

The Paducah-McCracken County Habitat for Humanity is a participating nonprofit organization in the Community Foundation of West Kentucky Fred Paxton Challenge for Charities which runs through August 31st, 2017. This is an exciting time to donate because the Community Foundation of West Kentucky will match donations raised by each organization up to $10,000, until $100,000 is given away. Donations must be accompanied by the Donor Form and checks must be payable to Community Foundation of West Kentucky. Identify Paducah-McCracken County Habitat for Humanity on the Donor Form as the organization to receive the donation. Please contact Habitat office for a Donor Form.


personally who is going through hard times, poverty is not something most of us think about.



One of the most fundamental issues which the extremely poor face on a daily basis is housing insecurity. To give us a real life perspective the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says that a family where the only bread winner earns the minimum wage, cannot afford the normal local rent for a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States.

Paducah's Habitat

Experts report that extremely poor families who are given their own home are far more likely to raise themselves out of poverty. It is from this construct that the charity Habitat For Humanity was born. Paducah-McCracken County Habitat for Humanity was the first Habitat affiliate in Kentucky, and the seventh affiliate in the United States. Brenda Langlois is the Executive Director of the Paducah-McCracken County Habitat for Humanity. “We have provided 71 affordable homes for families since our beginning in May 1980,” Langlois told me. “The first Habitat house in Paducah was completed in October 1981 and occupied by the family in November 1981. All our funds are raised locally.”

Paducah-McCracken Habitat has an open-door policy. Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.

Why Habitat Is Important

While the vast majority of Americans feel stable and secure in their current situation, housing insecurity touches nearly half of adults at some point in their lives. A majority of Americans believe that it is challenging to find affordable quality housing in their communities. And more than half of all adults say they have made at least one tradeoff in order to cover their rent or mortgage. Such trade-offs may include taking second jobs, cutting back on health care and healthy food, and moving to less safe neighborhoods.

Good for the Community

Live in McCracken County for 1 year and be homeless, live in an overcrowded place or live in a substandard home.

Have income that falls within the excepted range for your family size (chart found at )

Be able to repay the loan (be financially consistent)

Participate in all the meetings and requirements necessary as a result of partnering with Habitat for Humanity

Be a US citizen and permanent resident.

Please note that no member of the family who will occupy the home can be a convicted felon.

When Habitat families move from poverty housing into their own homes, they report better health, increased stability in the family, and children who do better in school. There is well-documented improvement in civic involvement that accompanies movement from rental to ownership. This is good for everyone in the community. Habitat believes that new and improved homes are tied to better opportunities for families. Children have quiet places to study. Families no longer face illnesses and disease brought on by unhealthy, or unsafe housing. Parents experience the financial freedom that comes from having an affordable place to live.

Do You Qualify for a Habitat Home? You Must:




Habitat for Humanity is not a free charity. Houses are sold to Homeowner Partners without profit, using zero interest on 20 year mortgages. Homeowners make a small down payment and must complete 250 sweat equity hours before they can move into their homes. Sweat equity hours are usually worked on their home and other families' homes, or on another Habitat project.

A New Project

local businesses and individuals will read this article and realize that Habitat is a great organization to support financially. We’re investing in our community and helping to eliminate poverty one house at a time!” For more information, to donate, or to volunteer, please visit their website,, or call Brenda at 270.444.2060.


Brenda tells me that the Paducah-McCracken County Habitat for Humanity is currently fundraising and seeking sponsors to build a new Habitat home. “We must raise all the money to build the house before we break ground,” she explained. “People interested in donating to Habitat can go to our Facebook page or our website.” We hope that

Over 40 years ago, Millard and Linda Fuller first came up with the idea of “partnership housing” - volunteers built affordable housing for families in need. No-interest loans were provided by generous patrons. Fundraising efforts created a Fund for Humanity which went towards building more houses. In 1976, after taking their charitable efforts overseas, the Fullers came back to the US and founded Habitat for Humanity. In 2017, Habitat works in almost 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in roughly 70 countries and has helped almost 10 million people achieve strength, constancy, and autonomy through safe, honest, and inexpensive shelter.




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Repair Concierge



"Any Repair Under Your Roof"

s a home owner there’s always something in your house that is broken, isn’t working correctly or just needs adjustment. I bet you can think of ten things right now that you wish you had time to do, or that your partner has said they’ll get to but it just hasn’t happened – yet! Is this sounding familiar? Well a local entrepreneur, with many years of home ownership, construction and technical experience, is now available to come to your rescue! Merle Paschedag is your home repair superhero – he’s available to put back that closet door, replace your ceiling fan and repair a broken downspout!

Yep, Merle Has Superhero Powers... And Power Tools!

Merle is a retired Navy technician. He worked in the City of Paducah property inspection department for several years. He taught psychology at West Kentucky Community and Technical College and led the recycling movement that started Recycle Now! He’s also a homeowner and landlord in the city.

• Need a pet door installed? • Replace or repair damage to drywall and plaster - from a leak or an oops!

Home & Business

It’s important to keep your business running smoothly and your customers happy. Call Repair Concierge for services such as putting together or repairing furniture, fixing windows, installing laminate floors or countertops.

Call Repair Concierge Today!

So…come up with a punch list (realtors are you paying attention.) Nothing is too small of a job and Merle has friends if your job is pretty big! Remember it’s easy - Just send a photo of what you need worked on and Merle will give you a quote or advice. Repair.

"My Favorite This Is Broken!"

Some of the calls Merle especially enjoys receiving are to repair or fix someone’s “favorite things”. Grandma’s lamp isn’t working? Aunt Jane’s coffee table leg is broken? The dog chewed the trim work around the door? – Just send a photo of what you need worked on and Merle will give you a quote or advice.

Solving Problems

Merle’s specialty is solving home repair problems – figuring out why things stopped working or broke, in the first place. Because the last thing we need is to fix something only to have it break again later. It’s not just a question of re-hanging that closet door, but making sure it doesn’t come off the runners in the future! Although it’s hard to compile a list of all the things he does, here’s a simple rule – if it requires a permit you need a contractor! (But call Merle anyway as he can recommend a reputable one that will handle the job.) Repair Concierge is fully licensed and insured. Don’t have a honey’who does, or a honey who can, or a honey who will? • Need an electrical outlet replaced or a light switch? • Do you have a broken window pane or screen? • How about replacing a toilet or repairing a fence panel? • Need to fix the wheels, or replace a blade, on your lawn mower? • Siding needs to be pressure washed?




iWATCH by Amy Noles

WKCTC Solar Eclipse Extravaganza


clipse viewers are invited to West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Night at Noon - a party where you will have a front-row seat to the August 21 eclipse. Did you know that Night at Noon is an official NASA viewing site for the eclipse? Bring your lawn chairs, blankets to sit on, and sunscreen – WKCTC will have everything else you need to make this an event to remember!

This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental U.S. in 38 years, and WKCTC will accompany the cosmic event with fun, food, music, free science demonstrations, and a chance to win a free Xbox One. All details are at Night at Noon is free and open to the public and is perfect for family viewing - but please remember that the eclipse is not suitable for those little ones under four years of age. From 11am to 2pm join former astronaut, and Kentucky-native, Terry Wilcutt as he narrates the eclipse and shares his space adventures with

those attending. He will also be available to sign autographs. Night at Noon t-shirts and posters will be for sale to commemorate the big day! The partial eclipse begins at 11:54:03am, with 2 minutes and 21 seconds of totality beginning at 1:22:15pm. All guests will receive FREE viewing glasses. Mellisa Duncan, Director of the Challenger Learning Center at Paducah, is beyond excited for the event. “The eclipse will be an extraordinary event,” said Duncan. “And WKCTC will have Terry Wilcutt, Kentucky’s only astronaut, visiting. We are hoping for good weather so we all get a clear view. Please join us at Night at Noon - we have plenty of free viewing glasses!” For more information, call 270.534.3101 or email Mellisa Duncan at

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August 2017 Calendar & Community Directory We make every effort to ensure accuracy of information in this calendar; however, changes & cancellations may have occurred since publication. We recommend that you verify all information.

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FREE Health Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 10:30am Fountain Avenue Health Park 270.444.8508 Join the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new park. Over the past few months, crews have installed a rubberized safety surface at the Paducah Rotary Playground, a 1/3 mile walking trail, a fitness area, lighting, landscaping, water fountains & benches.

FREE Wal-Mart Back to School Jam 5-6pm Hinkleville Road, Paducah Free concert in the parking lot from Pepsi Mid-America.

FREE Graves County Back To School Various Times Graves County Public Schools 270.328.2656 Back to school night at each school in the Graves County Public School system. Times vary by school. FREE Informed & Involved 5:30pm Paducah City Hall 270.328.2656 A public meeting that will allow residents of Paducah an opportunity to share ideas, ask questions, & get involved in the community. FREE Alpha, Chi, & Delta House Party (6th Grade Open House) 8:30-11am North Marshall Middle School 270.705.2682 All NMMS incoming 6th graders in Alpha, Chi, & Delta Houses have been invited to attend their House Party (Open House). There will be four rotations where they will receive information, a house shirt, schedule, and also have some fun meeting new friends.



2017 8th of August Emancipation Celebration 6pm W.C. Young Community Center 270.908.1492 Back to School street dance (all youth welcome) until dusk. WCY Open House begins at 7pm.



Weaving Class for Kids 9:30-11:30am Girl Scout House, Metropolis @MetropolisArtClasses Students third grade & up will learn how to weave people on a styrofoam loom. The $12 class fee covers all supplies.




FREE Adulting: Moving Out Of Your Parent's Basement 5:30-7pm McCracken Co. Cooperative Extension 270.554.9520 Adulting is tough, but we're here to help make it easier! In this month's free workshop, we'll learn how to find the right place, the cost of rent, what and how to budget and even how to do laundry!

2017 8th of August Emancipation Celebration 10am Robert Coleman Park & Robert Cherry Civic Center 270.908.1492 Youth activities, live entertainment, food, vendors & inflatable games until dusk. Annual Emancipation Dance at Robert Cherry Civic Center begins at 9pm.

FREE Riverfront Concert Series: Bizz & Everyday People 6-8:30pm Downtown Paducah Riverfront 270.444.8690 Bring your lawn chairs or enjoy the steps at the riverfront & enjoy the music on Wilson Stage.

Meet the Mustangs 4-6pm Marquette Stadium 270.538.4300 Introductions for all fall sports, new Mustang Football Apparel, full concessions, silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle and the crimson/white football scrimmage!

FREE Evening Upstairs: The Great American Solar Eclipse 7-8pm McCracken Co. Public Library 270.442.2510 ext 117 Presented by Kevin Manning, astronomer, author, speaker, & formerNASA - National Aeronautics & Space Administration consultant. Explore the mysteries of eclipses & other celestial events. The presentation will be followed by some stargazing in the library garden using a high-power telescope.



10th Annual Hotel Metropolitan Homecoming Fish Fry 11am-2pm Hotel Metropolitan 270.443.7918 You're invited to enjoy good food, & all meals served with a side of history. Plate: $9 includes fish, white beans, slaw, chow chow & cornbread; Sandwich: $5 with 1 side.



FREE Fancy Farm Picnic 8am-11pm Fancy Farms Picnic Grounds 270.623.8181 A charitable fundraiser for St. Jerome Catholic Church. Carnival games, tons of food, BINGO & political stump speeches from senators, congressmen & more! Democratic Breakfast 8:30-11am Mayfield High School 270.705.2682 You're invited to enjoy good times with like minded people. Paducah Kindness Color Walk 9am Downtown Paducah Riverfront 270.444.8508 Participate in the 2017 Paducah Kindness Color Walk for only $20 per entry. Back to School Bash 9am-12pm Mike Miller County Park 270.527.5284 USSSA Baseball Tournament. Format is two pool play games into single elimination. Bill Wells Make a Difference Day 9am-12pm Roy Stewart Stadium 270.761.6800 Please enter from 12th Street. Various community agencies will be taking recyclable material in order to generate revenue or supplies for their programs. 2017 8th of August Emancipation Celebration 10am Robert Coleman Park & Robert Cherry Civic Center 270.908.1492 Parade begins at 11am; live entertainment, food, vendors, activities & inflatable games from noon to dusk at Robert Coleman Park; People's Choice NeighborHOOD awards at Robert Cherry Civic Center, doors open at 5pm. Intro to Tarot 10-11am Wildhair Studio's Rock Shop 270.444.6115 The ways to read & use Tarot cards are as varied as those who use them. This brief intro class will show you the fundamentals of how to




use your deck & do a 3-card spread. Students will need to bring their own deck or purchase a deck for use in the class. Open House Celebration 11am or 3pm Citizen's Gym 270.994.6948 Try a smoothie, take a walk through history, & the revitalization of third & Broadway. The Funny Dummy Show 11am or 3pm A funny show for the entire family.

Kentucky Oaks Mall 270.444.0440

FREE Back to School Bash 3-4:30pm Metropolis Public Library 618.524.4312 Celebrate going back to school with a bash!! Bouncy house & a special guest from the Massac County Drug Awareness Coalition. Ages 5 - 18. Please preregister. Movies for Me: Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets 4pm Maiden Alley Cinema 270.441.7007 Only $5 per person & children get a FREE small popcorn. FREE Paducah Big Brown Truck Pull 6-9pm Downtown Paducah Riverfront default.asp?ievent=1174024 270.293.9054 Supporting Special Olympics athletes. Teams take their turn to see who can pull a loaded UPS 18-wheeler 12 feet in the shortest time. There are also younger divisions where teams of children 12 & under or 13 to 16 pull a UPS delivery van.



FREE Blessing of the Backpacks 10:30am Lone Oak United Methodist Church 270.554.1272 All students & educators are invited to bring their backpacks, briefcases, or whatever for them represents school & join us for worship as we pray God's blessings over the new academic year.

FREE Kentucky Prospects Baseball Tryouts 2:30-5:30pm Hendron Lone Oak Elementary School 270.538.4110 Tryouts will be conducted for the 2017-2018 baseball season (9u). The 9u Prospects will compete in 8-10 tournaments throughout the spring & summer of 2018. Registration available online. 2017 8th of August Emancipation Celebration: Music 4pm Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church 270.443.3714 A salute to gospel music & memorial.




2017 8th of August Emancipation Celebration: Dedication 12pm Robert Coleman Park 270.519.5391 NAACP street dedication will be followed by a dedication banquet at the Robert Cherry Civic Center at 6:30pm.



2017 8th of August Emancipation Celebration 7-11am W.C. Young Community Center 618.638.0222 End the week's celebration with a special breakfast. Paducah Professional Women Meeting 12-1pm Country Club of Paducah @PaducahProfessionalWomen 270.554.7914 Join the monthly PPW meeting. Bending Spoons 6-7pm Wildhair Studio's Rock Shop 270.444.6115 Learn how to bend a spoon with meditation & controlling your mind to bend objects without the use of physical force.










FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS IN BALLARD COUNTY, PADUCAH INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS FREE Paducah Resource Fair 8am-12pm 415 Park Ave, Paducah Cold War Patriots is hosting a workers’ Resource Fair. Free admission, door prizes & vendor giveaways for all attendees. Lunch is provided. Free health screenings including oxygen saturation & blood pressure checks are also available. FREE Pollinator Workshop 8am-12pm McCracken Co. Cooperative Extension 270.554.9520 Learn about beekeeping, pollinators & the importance of native plants. Please pre-register. FREE Framed Hometown Heart Maps 4-5pm Metropolis Public Library 618.524.4312 Framing a heart-shaped picture of your hometown! More than likely the home of Superman. Please preregister. FREE Eagle Soccer Hosts Meet the Eagles 6-9pm Graves County High School 270.674.6242 Come out to watch both Eagle & Lady Eagle soccer teams compete in the annual Meet the Eagles event.





Friday Night Science - Eclipsing the Sun 6-8pm WKCTC Emerging Technology Center 270.534.3337 From exploring how an eclipse happens to engineering a solar eclipse box, discover the science behind the Great American Eclipse.



FREE 4th Annual Wild West Vet Fest 9am-12pm American Legion 270.442.2525 Poker fun, door prizes, drawings, auction, biker jail (put your friends in jail so they have to raise the bail to get out) Sixxkiller band & Drapers BBQ all in support of veterans. Fairy or Dragon Lantern Make & Take 10-11am Wildhair Studio's Rock Shop 270.444.6115 Create a fairy or dragon lantern sure to bring smiles. Super easy project guaranteed to brighten any room with whimsical fun light. FREE 5th Annual Kids Creative Arts Street Fair on the Square 10am-2pm Market House Square 270.444.6115 A variety of hands on experiences! Inside, there will be interactive sessions featuring creative drama, improv & performances by the HA! Teen Comedy Improv Troupe & Play Time Interactive Theatre Troupe.






AMPA AMPA Provides professional dance training, top-of-the line dance facilities & Exposure to nationally known dance choreographers. Competitive & recreational dance companies, & the only local studio to perform at the Carson Center. Please visit the AMPA website for more information about the faculty & classes this fall. or call 270.415.5647

Animal Tales Animal Tales provides quality live animal educational programs for schools, libraries, birthday parties and practically any venue. Expect to get up-close and personal with exotic animals from all over the globe. Visit our website at or email us at info@




Beverly Rogers Beverly Rogers Academy -Reader's Choice Award 2017! Students receive the best instruction in the region from teachers who have taught at top schools like Broadway Dance Center in NYC & worldwide. Come & learn dance from the best in a fun and supportive environment in our new state-of-the art facility!

Blewett Music Studio Over 20 years of combined experience to offer the best Suzuki violin, viola, cello, and piano lessons for you! Ages 3 - adult welcome for weekly & bi-weekly, private & group lessons. Music is great for early childhood development. Visit Facebook or for info, registration begins in August!

Broadway UMC: Mother's Day Out MDO Fall Sessions meet Tuesday & Thursday for children 3 months *& Up. Teaches are CPR trained & Have background checks. For more information visit or call 270.443.2401




Carson Center: First Stages Series Imaginary dragons, daring dogs, a curious bunny, & sleepy trucks. The Carson Center First Stages Series features 1-hour professional stage productions that entertain young audiences & reinforcing early reading skills. The perfect introduction to live theater - friendly prices (most tickets $12) & performance times (most performances at 6pm).

Center Stage “Where Stars Are Born & Dreams Come True”. Center Stage offers award winning instruction in a family atmosphere. We instill motivation & selfesteem in every student. Call today to register for classes in Paducah, Benton & Mayfield. Read all about us in this month’s cover feature!



Challenger Learning Center Join us for some after school science fun! Club Challenger is a science club that meets once a month for student’s 1st – 5th grades. This falls themes include: Astronaut in Training, Creepy Creations & Toys in Space!

Harmony Road Music School Harmony Road Group Piano Classes: Beginner & advanced (Ages 5-6, 6-7, 8-12, teens, & adults). Preschool Classes for children with parents (Babies,Toddlers, Preschoolers – K). Harmony Road Music School, 2226 Broadway, Ste.2, Paducah. 270. 444.3669. Visit or like us on Facebook: Harmony Road Music School Paducah.



Itty Bitty Knitty Shop Looking to learn a new craft this fall? Look no further! We offer knit and crochet classes at all skill levels. Check out our full schedule of classes at or call the shop at 270.709.3270. Located at 1920 Kentucky Ave. Parking across from Kentucky Care Office Building.

Kids Thrive Preschool Kids Thrive Preschool operating at TUMC at 6125 Blandville Road has been awarded a license to operate under the guidelines of the Department of Regulated Child Care & the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Kids Thrive offers 2, 3, or 5 days classes for 3 year, 4 year & Pre-K students.




MainStage School of Performing Arts MainStage School of Performing Arts offers classes in musical theatre, voice, drama, improv and dance for children ages 3-18. All students are eligible to participate in one of our four Broadway shows and the Year End Revue. Visit for more information or call 270.558.4249.

Market House Theatre Award-winning MHT is the place for high-quality theatrical experiences for preschool through high school. Theatre games, comedy improv, musical theatre, DanceMHT (tap, jazz, ballet, hi phop) & much more! Open auditions for The Hobbit August 14 & 15. HA! Teen Comedy Improv auditions for grades 8-12, August 26.

Natalie Krupansky Voice Coach Whether your child is preparing for a local production or college audition, classically based healthy singing techniques can help your child be successful in a variety of genres. Age appropriate repertoire and curriculum are provided through weekly instruction - reserve your spot today! 270.293.0714

National League of Junior Cotillions Do you know which side to place your name tag on? We laugh at skits of "What Not To Do"! At NLJC it’s fun to learn manners & social etiquette. It’s a great experience for all 5th-8th graders. One Sunday afternoon a month, Sept-March at Drake Creek Golf Course. Facebook/NLJC LivingstonCounty.




Paducah Head Start & Preschool Paducah Head Start/Preschool is accepting applications for enrollment for the 2017-18 school year. Children who are 3 or 4 years old on, or before, August 1, 2017 & who meet guidelines can apply for Head Start. Applications can completed by appointment at all Head Start Sites. See more at HeadStart.aspx

Paducah Parks Services There’s always something to do at Paducah Parks and Recreation. They offer a variety of classes, activities, and special events for all ages. Visit for a complete activity schedule or call 270.444.8508

Paducah Symphony Orchestra The PSO Youth & Children's Choruses are the only youth choral ensembles in our region to perform with a professional orchestra. The directors teach appropriate vocal production & development through posture, breath, & vocalization. This program provides professionalism, performance, & cultural education.




Paducah Area Youth Orchestra Auditions and sign-ups for our new local youth orchestras start this month! Students will be placed in one of two groups based on ability. They will be teacher led and parent driven. Practices begin weekly in September. For more information, please call 270.443.9800.

Quincy's Academy of Performing Arts In downtown Murray, you will find QAPA. A variety of classes are offered for ages 3 & up. QAPA is a non-competition dance studio that focuses on personal growth as a dancer, helping one to express their love and passion through structured skill & technique. Special event choreography also available.




Symphony Supply Recognized as a top 100 dealer in the world in 2017 by NAMM. Premium quality violin, viola, cello & bass rentals. Professional string players & teachers ready to assist you in finding the perfect instrument, accessories & music. In-store lessons available. Now stocking piano music!

The Rhythm Factory A vast array of vocal, dance & dramatic arts classes that you won't find anywhere else. Be an "up-and-comer" with unique performance opportunities including our exclusive TRF Variety Shows! A positive, moral atmosphere with a professional & caring staff. For boys and girls of all ages & abilities...come experience the difference at TRF! 270.210.4990



GRADES 3-12 Auditions will take place

August 10,

12, 17


To schedule an audition, please contact Cindy Poat at 270.444.0065 or email 222 Kentucky Ave. Suite 10 | | 270.444.0065 40



US Bank Family Series at The Carson Center Award winning stunt dogs, glow-in-the-dark dancers, dreams on ice, shadow dancers, a Christmas Classic, & the Wizard of Oz! The Carson Center Family Series has your ticket to six full nights of family fun! Professional stage productions with family friendly prices (most tickets $18) & performance times (6:30pm).

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Back To l Schoo Yeiser Art Center YAC hosts seven contemporary art exhibitions annually. Book your free guided group tours today! Visits can be customized to any age group. Visit for details on upcoming exhibitions, classes, & other free art events. Yeiser Art Center – art of the ages, for all ages!

YaYa's Island Need a cool place to hang out after school? Yaya's has over 60 arcade games, inflatables, a dance floor, an indoor playground, & much more! Grab a snack from the Cafe' or pizza for the whole family. Follow us on Facebook for weekly specials or for information to book your Yaya's Birthday Party!







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Tip Sheet for Families:

Start Now to Build a School Routine


he lazy days of summer are nearing an end and it’s time to prepare your family to get into a good school routine. School resumes (date) in (name of community). The transition will be easier for everyone, students and adults alike, if you start early and ease back into school mode. Please consider the following suggestions to help your family get the school year off to a great start.

Build Good Sleeping Habits.

It’s a good idea to start getting up and going to bed earlier so your children are sleeping on a school-friendly schedule before the first day of school arrives. Children and teens need more, sometimes much more, sleep than adults. According to the National Sleep Foundation, children ages five to twelve need 10-11 hours of sleep every night; older children and teens need to log 9-10 hours of sleep to keep their bodies and brains healthy. Children will typically be both excited and anxious about the first day of school. Adjusting your kids’ sleep and wake times slowly before the school year starts will set them up for a successful first day.

Eat Breakfast

A nutritious breakfast is essential for learning. Think now about what kind of breakfast routine will work best for your family and start building that routine now. If it doesn’t work for your family to sit down for breakfast together, stock your pantry with healthy breakfast choices that can be taken with you to work or school.

Turn Off Technology & Open A Book

If your children haven’t been reading regularly over the summer, encourage reading now. Reading together is a great family activity. Read to your children, listen to




them read, or simply set aside time each evening when everyone reads to themselves. Books are also a great way to start conversations with your children.

Exercise Together

If you have not been exercising with your child, this is a great time to start. Our bodies and brains need movement. Look for activities that everyone in your family can enjoy together and don’t be afraid to try several activities to see what works best.

Choose School Clothes Early

Go through your family’s closets before school starts and donate or discard clothes that no longer fit, have stretched, shrunk, or are otherwise worn out. It may be easier to get your kids to help with this if they know the activity is a prerequisite to back-to-school shopping. Your kids will feel more comfortable and confident if you let them pick out their school clothes within boundaries you set. You may want to check with your neighborhood school to be sure your kids’ choices also meet dress code

Determine Your Family's Transportation Preferences

Don’t wait until the last minute to decide whether your children will ride the school bus, ride with you, participate in a carpool, or drive themselves. Talk with them ahead of time so they know what to expect. While you’re at it, talk about what they should do if an emergency happens while they are at school. Let them know who they can call if you aren’t able to pick them up or meet them at your usual place. Make sure young children know their full name, your name, and your telephone number.

Meet the Teacher, Tour the School & Pick Up a Supplies List

One of the best ways to ease anxiety about the first day of school is to stop by for a visit. This is especially important for families that have

new kindergartners or students who will be transitioning to a new school. Young children aren’t the only ones who benefit. Middle and high school students will feel much better walking onto campus the first day if they already know where their classes are. Everyone feels better when they are well prepared. Pick up a supplies list while you are at the school and make sure your children have what they need before the first bell rings.

Finally, Set a Positive Tone

Children and teens pick up cues from their parents, so be mindful about the words and attitudes you choose when you and your children are talking about and getting ready for school. Help them be successful by holding and sharing positive.


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FREE Marina Day 11am Green Turtle Bay Resort & Marina 800.498.0428 Bring your folding chairs & get a front row seat for land & water activities, live entertainment, vendors & more. The Cruisers will take stage at 6pm with hits from yesterday & today. The celebration will conclude with firework displays. FREE Kid's Craft Hour 3-4pm Metropolis Public Library 618.524.4312 Ages 7 & up are invited to make a decorative summertime signs using paint. Please dress appropriately. Please preregister. FREE Sounds of Independence featuring Alabama 5-10pm Graves Co. High School 270.761.6800 Celebrating the opening of our first Mayfield signature location with a Sounds of Independence concert featuring Alabama and Olivia Faye. Sportsman's Night Out 5:30-9pm Murray Banquet Center 270.761.6800 Featuring guns, bows, prints & other merchandise. Funds raised will be given to the QDMA West KY branch for community outreach, events, deer research & more.


course will also help in the recognition of relationships & how these are impacted by each individual's unique attributes. Lunch included.



FREE Riverfront Concert Series: City of the Sun 6-8:30pm Downtown Paducah Riverfront 270.444.8690 Bring your lawn chairs or enjoy the steps at the riverfront & enjoy the music on Wilson Stage.



The Big Bear Blackout! 7-9pm Big Bear Resort 270.354.6414 The Louisville Astronomical Society guest speakers from the University of Louisville & Rutgers. Day & night activities. Donations accepted. FREE Music in the Gazebo - Smashin Summer Nights 6-8pm Downtown Paducah Gazebo 270.444.8690 Come enjoy the classic rock of the 70s & 80s with Mid Life Crisis.


Faith in Film: The Impossible 6:30pm Maiden Alley Cinema 270.441.7007 The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction & chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. FREE Reading & Book Signing with Joseph Robertia 7-8pm McCracken Co. Public Library 270.442.2510 Co-sponsored by the Paducah Visitor's Bureau. The driving force of sharing award-winning author, journalist & photographer Robertia's stories is also to give readers a glimpse of what it's like to truly live a half-feral Alaskan lifestyle.



Protection Bracelet Jewelry Make & Take 6-7pm Wildhair Studio's Rock Shop 270.444.6115 Learn to make an adjustable protection bracelet. Powerful crystals will be selected to create a protective barrier to negativity around you.



FREE Diversity in the Workplace 8am-12pm WKCTC Workforce Solutions 270.534.3335 Designed to teach everyone from the newest of employees to your seasoned veterans how to understand diversity in all its aspects. The




FREE Zombie Cannibal Asylum 6:30-9:30pm Market House Theatre 270.444.6828 The eclipse has caused some people to turn into zombies. Join this murder-mystery dinner party & become the detective. Elvis Presley Tribute! 7-9pm Fancy Farm Vineyard & Winery @FFVandW 270.623.8787 Hits from the 50's , 60's & his Vegas years of the 70's. Come sit back & enjoy the wine and some of your favorite hits from Elvis.



Celebration Saturday: Artisan Appreciation 7:30am-2pm Paducah Farmers' Market 270.444.8649 Highlighting market vendors & their goods along with many activities such as childrens' craft tables, acoustic music, balloon animals, face painting, food sampling, cooking demonstrations, plant & farm education, as well as local businesses that may wish to host a booth to spotlight their local products or services. Solar Eclipse Weekend featuring the Chickasaw Nation Dancers 9am-5pm Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site 270.335.3681 Experience stomp dancing, regalia & cultural demonstrations, enjoy music at the park by the JammerZ, guided tours of the museum, view this historic event, the Eclipse of the Sun, amid the ancient mounds at Wickliffe.

FREE Paducah Great Strides - Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 9am-12pm Noble Park 502.963.0731 A fun, family-oriented event with a healthy one-mile walk, children's activities, food, & festivities that participants look forward to year after year. Donations accepted to help further the mission of the CFF. JDRF Four Rivers One Walk 9am-12pm Noble Park 502.485.9397 The only goal for this walk is to create a world without Type 1 Diabetes. Money raised supports life–changing breakthroughs that give hope to everyone impacted by this disease. Help turn Type One into Type None. The Great American Eclipse 10am-5pm Camp Ondessonk 270.335.3681 Typical camp activities like swimming, hiking and trail rides available as well as educational sessions put on by amateur and professional astronomers. The event will begin with dinner and Mass on Saturday night and will conclude Monday afternoon. Community Friendship Day 12-3pm Murray-Calloway Co. Parks @MurrayCallowayCoParks 270.762.0325 Featuring display booths from various non-profits, entertainment in the form of music, dance & potential skits, & free hot dogs, chips & beverages. FREE Eclipse Magic 2pm Marshall Co. Public Library @Calvert City 270.527.9969 Magic, Dinner, & Bourbon's Darshwood the Conjurer. This will be a blast so make sure you stop by. FREE Liminal Identities Opening Reception 5-8pm Yeiser Art Center 270.442.2453 An exhibition featuring recent work by artists Sarah Ahmad & Jerry Phillips. The joint presentation of works on paper, installation, & fiber art carries forward the artists’ inquiries into the formation of identity through transcultural experiences. FREE Music in the Gazebo - Smashin Summer Nights 6-8pm Downtown Paducah Gazebo 270.444.8690 Come enjoy live music from The Wheelhouse Rousters. FREE Zombie Cannibal Asylum 6:30-9:30pm See August 18th description.

Market House Theatre 270.444.6828

Dueling Pianos at the Pool 7-11pm Country Club of Paducah 270.554.7914 See the pool area come alive with Nashville's Rock & Roll Pianos! Dinner buffet served from 5-9pm; music at the pool from 7-11pm.




Music @MAC: Patrick Sweany, Maness Brothers, Chris Black & the EOU 8-11pm Maiden Alley Cinema 270.442.7723 Enjoy a night of live music. Gold Glove Classic 9pm-12am Murray-Calloway Co. Parks @MurrayCallowayCoParks 270.762.0325 USSSA Baseball Tournament. Format is 2 pool play games into single elimination.



Solar Eclipse Weekend featuring the Chickasaw Nation Dancers 9am-5pm Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site 270.335.3681 See August 19th description. The Great American Eclipse 10am-5pm Camp Ondessonk 270.335.3681 Typical camp activities like swimming, hiking and trail rides available as well as educational sessions put on by amateur and professional astronomers. Super Solar Celebration 12-3pm Metropolis Chamber of Commerce 618.524.2714 Food vendors, entertainment & lots of fun for the entire family. Wheels to Wheels Pre Eclipse Concert 4-8pm Four Rivers Harley Davidson 270.443.5636 Gates will open at 2pm & will feature Leight July & the Justyn Case Band opening up for Derek St. Holmes, former lead vocalist for Ted Nugent. Brush Arbor Social 4:30-8pm Fort Massac State Park 618.524.7118 A social get-together by the Ohio River. Visit, fellowship, & enjoy lots of homemade ice cream & other desserts. If raining, event will be held in the First Christian Church of Metropolis basement.

Heaven & Earth Psychic Fair 6pm Wildhair Studio's Rock Shop 270.444.6115 A family-friendly event showcasing local & regional businesses providing holistic & alternative approaches to healthy mind, body & spirit. FREE Zombie Cannibal Asylum 6:30-9:30pm See August 18th description.

Market House Theatre 270.444.6828

Where's the Sun Fun Run 7-9pm Metropolis Chamber of Commerce 618.524.2714 Three mile fun run to celebrate the Great Eclipse. Held in conjunction with the Super Solar Eclipse Celebration on Market Street.



TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEARTLAND Rolling Hills Scramble for Child Watch 9am-7pm Rolling Hills Country Club 270.554.4508 Entry fee includes lunch & other great prizes. All proceeds support the prevention & treatment of child abuse. Solar Eclipse Weekend featuring the Chickasaw Nation Dancers 9am-5pm Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site 270.335.3681 See August 19th description. The Great American Eclipse 10am-5pm Camp Ondessonk 270.335.3681 Typical camp activities like swimming, hiking and trail rides available as well as educational sessions put on by amateur and professional astronomers. On Monday, there will be an opportunity to be at camp to witness the main event. Benton's Solar Celebration 10am-2pm H.H. Lovett Park @friendsofclarksriverNWR 270.527.5770 Bring your lawn chairs & enjoy fishing on the pond, or one of the




many activities. Vendors will be on site. Eclipse glasses will be sold by the Friends of Clarks River. Shuttle available. Solarbration 2017 10:30am-5pm Adams Breezy Hill Farm @adamsbreezyhillfarm 270.365.1234 A perfect place for everyone to enjoy a variety of homemade ice cream, homegrown produce and even a delicious lunch. FREE Night at Noon - Total Solar Eclipse 11:30am-2pm Challenger Learning Center 270.534.3101 Featuring fun food, music & free science demonstrations. Former astronaut, Terry Willcutt, will speak at the event and emcee the eclipse. FREE Solar Eclipse Viewing Party 11:45am-2pm Lone Oak United Methodist Church 270.554.1272 Lone Oak UMC invites you to watch this extraordinary event & rare phenomenon on their open, spacious grounds. Free viewing glasses & refreshments. Bring your lawn chair & enjoy! Super Solar Celebration 12-3pm Metropolis Chamber of Commerce 618.524.2714 Food vendors, entertainment & lots of fun for the entire family. Ultimate Eclipse SUP Adventure 12-3pm

Lighthouse Landing 270.362.8201

Enjoy champagne, chocolate & a once in a lifetime eclipse viewing from the middle of the lake! We provide the Eclipse glasses & all equipment/refreshments. We will be floating the entire three hours of the eclipse. FREE The Great American Eclipse Viewing Party 12-1pm McCracken Co. Public Library 270.442.2510 Join the library staff in the garden for a viewing party to see the first eclipse of its kind in over 40 years. Free solar viewing glasses along with moon pies & sun tea. FREE The Solar Eclipse Party at Green Turtle Bay 12-9pm The Thirsty Turtle Tavern 270.362.1830 An ideal viewing location for this once in a lifetime event. Enjoy live entertainment, good food & fun. Sun Drop & Moon Pie Party 12-2pm Carson Center Lawn 270.575.9958 Enjoy BBQ, Moon Pie and a Sun Drop along with tunes by Captain Freddie & the River Cats. To benefit the educational programs of the River Discovery Center. FREE Solar Eclipse - Night Ride in the Middle of the Afternoon 12:35-1:30pm Greenway Trail @bikeworldky 270.442.0751 Bring your glasses & experience the eclipse.



Heal Yourself with Affirmations 6-7pm Wildhair Studio's Rock Shop 270.444.6115 Use one of the most powerful tools you have to heal yourself & improve your life Learn simple, effective & powerful tools to achieve everything you desire now. Reservations required.



FREE All-Natural Mosquito Repellent Mason Jars 4-5pm Metropolis Public Library 618.524.4312 Make your time outside this summer more enjoyable by keeping the mosquitoes away by making our repellent jars! Must register. Trivia Night School Fundraiser 6-8:30pm Purchase Players Community Performing Arts Center 270.251.9035 Prizes will be awarded for first & last place! Tables/Teams of up to 8 people. Individual players & partial teams are welcome. Proceeds benefit the Graves Co. Democratic Women College Scholarship fund.




Kenlake Hot August Blues Festival 8am-4pm Kenlake Resort 270.519.1788 Featuring 14 bands including the return of Big Mike Griffin!



Kenlake Hot August Blues Festival 8am-4pm See August 24th description.

Kenlake Resort 270.519.1788

BarkAID 2017 North American Tour 9am-6pm Calloway Co. Humane Society 270.759.1884 The Humane Society of Calloway County has been chosen by Master Hairstylist & animal lover, Patrick Lomantini, to be one of the Kentucky stops on this tour.



Crystal Grids 7pm Wildhair Studio's Rock Shop 270.444.6115 Learn the basics & how they work including how to create your own Sacred Space along with a few basic grids. Fun hands-on class. FREE Makeup 101 7-8pm McCracken Co. Public Library 270.442.2510 Discover essential cosmetic basics during this class presented by Erin Hendley, owner of F.A.C.E. Makeup Artistry. Understand the purpose of mainstream makeup tools, products, & techniques. Space is limited. Call to register.

Cabela's Kids Fishing Rodeo 9-11am Noble Park 270.519.1788 Bring your favorite rod, reel & bait to show off your true fishing ability. Children must be accompanied by parent/guardian. Prizes will be awarded including six scholarships to be announced in October. Sign up starts at 8am.



Kenlake Hot August Blues Festival 8am-4pm See August 24th description.

Kenlake Resort 270.519.1788

Muddin' for Missions 8am-4pm Bethlehem Baptist Church 270.642.2320 Annual mud volleyball tournament to raise funds for local & global missions. Register your teen or adult team online. Smudging - Intro to House Clearing 10-11am Wildhair Studio's Rock Shop 270.444.6115 Learn the basics of clearing negative energy from your home, office, objects & even yourself by using smudge, incense & other methods. Servant's Heart Quartet 7pm Marshall County High School @ServantsHeartQuartet1 Live performance by Servant's Heart Quartet.



FREE Todd Hill Orchestra in Concert 2-3:30pm Benton First UMC 270.527.3990 Features a concert of jazz, standards, and swing classics in a fundraiser for Benton First United Methodist Church's new organ fund.





Charitable Bingo Ballard County Board of Education, 264 E Kentucky Drive, Barlow. THURSDAYS 270.665.9844


FREE Riverfront Concert Series: The Blue Stones 6-8:30pm Downtown Paducah Riverfront 270.444.8690 Bring your lawn chairs or enjoy the steps at the riverfront & enjoy the music on Wilson Stage. Murray State Racers College Football 6pm

Roy Stewart Stadium 800.272.4678

Season opener.

ON-GOING EVENTS & NOTICES Bags of Love McCracken Co. Cooperative Extension. 3 RD TUESDAYS 9:30am-12:30pm Inspired by the growing need of the children of our community who are displaced due to the poor choices of their parents. Bags provided to care for children's immediate needs. This handmade bag & it's contents are often the only items these children possess 270.554.9250 Ballard-Carlisle Historical & Genealogical Society Ballard-Carlisle Society/ Library Building, 257 4th St, Wickliffe. 2 ND MONDAY 6pm (April-October); 4TH SUNDAY 2pm (November-March). A group of people from two counties as well as around the country, who share a common interest in history & preserving the primary & secondary records in these counties. 270.210.3538

FREE Daughter Date Night. Graves County Public Library. 1ST TUESDAYS 5pm. Moms & daughters (ages 5-12) meet once a month to make a craft. FREE Family Game Night. McCracken County Public Library, 555 Washington Street, Paducah. THURSDAYS 5-8pm. FREE Family Game Night. Graves County Public Library. 2 ND TUESDAYS 5pm Spend some time as a family playing games such as Clue, Monopoly, Apples to Apples Jr., & Blink. Wii is also set up to for play. Kids under the age of 10 should be with an adult. FREE Family Movie Night. Graves County Public Library. 3 RD MONDAY 5pm Free drinks & popcorn served. Children under the age of 10 should be with an adult. Games & a chance to win a prize. gravescountypubliclibrary. org Friday Night Dances: Summer Series. Grand Rivers Community Center. 2ND FRIDAYS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 8 7pm. Featuring the Just Friends Band. 270.362.8976 FREE Knitting Club. McCracken County Cooperative Extension. 1ST MONDAYS 9am-2pm. Whether you're a beginner or a seasonal knitter, there's a spot open for you. 270.554.9520 FREE Legos at the Library. McCracken County Public Library. SATURDAYS 1-4pm. FREE Lego Night. Graves County Public Library. 1 ST MONDAYS 5pm Children K-6 grade: bring your adult over to the library & build some memories! FREE L.I.F.E. Community Marriage Enrichment. 1ST SUNDAYS 6-7pm. Married couples are invited to these sessions to discuss issues that hinder marriage & how to overcome them. 270.575.3823. FREE Love Books & Love Bikes? McCracken County Public Library. Checkout books; check-out a bike lock. Something good to know – the McCracken County Public Library has bike locks at the front desk for check out. (Use your library card.) McCracken County Humane Society Pet Adoptions. PetSmart. 3 RD WEDNESDAYS 10am–5pm Metropolis City Pool. 312 W. 4th Street, Metropolis. MONDAY-SATURDAYS 125pm. SUNDAYS 1-5pm; WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS FREE Laps only 1011am Admission only $1.50; Children 5 & under are FREE. 618.524.2609 FREE Mother Goose. Marshall County Public Library @Benton. WEDNESDAYS Stories, crafts & games for children 2-3. 10-10:30am Noble Park Pool. Bob Noble Park, Paducah. TUESDAYS-SATURDAYS 11am5pm. FRIDAY FAMILY SWIM 6:15-8:15pm; SUNDAYS 1-5pm $3-5. All children must be accompanied by supervising adult. 270.444.8508 FREE Paducah Community Chorus. First Christian Church. TUESDAYS 7pm. Anyone who loves choral singing is welcome to join. Call 270.443.8251 or email at



Paducah Farmers' Market. North 2nd & Monroe Streets. MONDAYS-FRIDAYS 7:30am-3:30pm; SATURDAYS 7:30am-2pm; Variety of local, homegrown products including fresh fruit & vegetables, meats, eggs, dairy products, artisan & baked goods as well as good eats from local lunch vendors. 270.444.8508 Paducah Kennel Club Meeting 1325 Fisher Road. 2ND TUESDAYS 7pm 270.210.8298 Paducah Writer’s Group. Etcetera Coffeehouse. FRIDAYS 8pm. Hear some of the area’s most talented poets & storytellers, along with a great audience. Drop some science on the mic or listen with a fine cup of Joe.

FREE Story Hour. Marshall County Public Library @ Benton WEDNESDAYS 1-2pm; @Calvert City TUESDAYS 10-11am; @Hardin. THURSDAYS 1-2pm FREE Story Hour. Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis Street. THURSDAYS 11am. 618.524.4312 FREE Story Hour. Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis Street. THURSDAYS 11am. 618.524.4312 FREE Tech @ Night. McCracken County Public Library. MONDAY-THURSDAY 5-8pm.

FREE Paws to Read. Graves County Public Library. 1ST THURSDAY In conjunction with the Mayfield Animal Shelter this special program allows children to read aloud to a therapy dog or cat for 15 minutes. Parents must fill out & sign a waiver. Open to children in grades K-6.

Trivia Night Casa Mexicana, Paducah. MONDAYS 7pm Get your friends together for a night of great food & fun trivia. 270.442.1122

FREE Paducah Inn Boutique Hotel Music Jam. Paducah inn Boutique Hotel Bed & Breakfast. TUESDAYS 7pm Old Time Style Music Jam. All ages & levels meeting to learn to play with other instruments in a casual setting. Instruments: guitar, fiddle, bass, dobro. 270.978.1202

West Kentucky Treasure Preservation Society. Lebanon Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 4620 AT Massa Drive, Paducah. 1ST THURSDAY 7pm. Each meeting has an educational topic related to the hobby of metal detecting or relic hunting, short business meeting for the good of the club. Meetings end with each member voting on submissions for the Find of the Month.

Paducah Photographer’s Club. Paducah School of Art & Design, 905 Harrison Street. 1ST MONDAYS 6:30pm. Whether you’re a new hobbyist or full time professional, our club offers the opportunity to learn, share, network & form new friendships! Red Wolf Treat Time. Homeplace 1850s Working Farm & Living History Museum. MONDAY-FRIDAY 1:30-2pm. Visit with the LBL red wolves, one of the most endangered mammals in the United States, & watch them “wolf” down a tasty treat. Find out how they become so endangered & what efforts biologists have made to try to save them from extinction. 800.525.7077

Trivia Night Casa Laguna, Calvert City. TUESDAY NIGHTS Get your friends together for a night of great food & fun trivia. 270.395.0045


FREE Resume Help McCracken County Public Library. THURSDAYS 5-8pm. River City Singles Dance Carroll Convention Center MONDAY 7–11pm. $6. FREE Robert Coleman Sprayground. Husbands Street & Walter Jetton Blvd, Paducah. DAILY THROUGH LABOR DAY 10am-8pm 270.444.8508 Smokehouse Magic Homeplace 1850s Working Farm & Living History Museum. WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY 10am-4pm. Peek inside the smokehouse & smell the rich aroma as the green hickory wood works its magic on the salted pork. The rich smoke will put the finishing touches on the family’s pork supply. $5 (13 & up), $3 (ages 5-12), FREE for ages 4 & under. 270.924.2233 Smoothie Happy Hour Tropical Smoothie Café, Paducah. EVERY DAY 8-9am. All smoothies half off. 270.557.7348 @TropicalSmoothieCafePaducah Snake Feeding Sundays! Land Between the Lakes, Nature Station. SUNDAYS 11:30am-12pm. Enjoy Sunday Brunch with our snakes - their only meal of the week. Watch as our rattlesnakes, king snake, & rat snake chow down on their mouse-alicious meal. Meet one of the snakes up close. Bring your camera for a snake selfie! 270.924.2299 FREE Story Hour. Graves County Public Library. THURSDAYS 10am Stories, games, crafts, playtime, & snacks!




EXHIBITIONS & MUSEUMS Art Guild of Paducah. McCracken County Public Library. 1ST TUESDAYS 6pm. 270.554.4803, 270.210.1465, 270.331.3087 Downtown Paducah Civil War Walking Tour. Paducah Convention & 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. 800.PADUCAH Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery. 6th Floor, Price Doyle Fine Arts Building, Murray State University. MONDAY-FRIDAY 8am-5pm . Closed university holidays. A dramatic & exciting multi-level exhibition space located within the Department of Art & Design at Murray State University. 270.809.6734

Clemens Fine Art Center Gallery 4810 Alben Barkley Drive, Paducah. 270.534.3212 Hotel Metropolitan 724 Oscar Cross Drive, Paducah. A hotel built in 1909 to house African-American travelers. After extensive renovations, the hotel is now a museum that pays tribute to African-American heritage & to the well-known people who stayed there including Ike & Tina Turner & Louis Armstrong. 1ST FRIDAYS Fish Fry 11am Enjoy fish, white beans, hush puppies, & desert, just to name a few goodies. Everyone welcome. Call for price. 270.443.7918 Jefferson Street Studios. 1149 Jefferson Street, Paducah. MONDAY-FRIDAY 1-4pm ; This studio was converted from a neighborhood grocery store & is now home to Helene's Hand-Dyed Fabrics & Robert Wyatt Davis Nerikomi Beads. 270.217.3976 Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum 631 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah. Interpreting Paducah & western Kentucky's roles in the Civil War. FRIDAY & SATURDAY Noon to 4pm; 10am-4pm when riverboats in port; group tours by appointment. Adults $3/child 6-12 $1/under 6 FREE. 270.575.5477 Market Square Art Walk Art Guild of Paducah, 115 Market House Square. 3RD THURSDAY 5-8 pm . Area art galleries & shops offer a variety of new artwork, plus treats & surprises each month. Many downtown restaurants feature innovative offerings & discounts. Murray Art Guild 500 North 4th Street, Murray. TUESDAY-SATURDAY 10am3pm. A community visual arts non-profit organization dedicated to promoting artistic growth through exhibitions, workshops & studios as well as community & educational events. 270.753.4059 National Quilt Museum 215 Jefferson Street, Paducah. Scheduled school groups of 10 or more are FREE. The museum offers guided tours to preregistered groups. Please schedule your group at least two weeks in advance. 270.442.8856 Adult Beginner Quilting Class. THURSDAYS 5:30-8:30pm; Volunteer Meeting. 1 ST THURSDAY 2-3pm; H2Oh! from SAQA THROUGH SEPTEMBER 19; Pieced Together THROUGH OCTOBER 17; Joy: Quilts by Libby Lehman THROUGH OCTOBER 17 Paducah School of Art & Design 409 Broadway Street, 270.408.4278 River Discovery Center 117 S. Water Street, Paducah. MONDAY-SATURDAY 9:30am-5pm. SUNDAY 1-5pm $8 adults, $5 children (ages 3-12), $7 seniors 60 & over. Celebrating Paducah's maritime legacy & lore. Interactive exhibits tell the story of the Four Rivers Region. Captain a towboat, pleasure watercraft, or Coast Guard buoy tender through various scenarios in the pilothouse simulator. 270.575.9958. Second Saturday Studio/Gallery Walk Lower Town Paducah 2ND SATURDAY Visit great galleries & studios from 12-8pm. Galleries open by appointment & special event weekends. Yeiser Art Center 200 Broadway Street, Paducah. Offering a permanent exhibition space & a permanent collection in addition to rotating exhibits. Fill Your Summer with Art Show AUGUST 1-12 10 am-5pm . 270.442.2453




FREE Whitehaven Welcome Center I–24, exit 7, 1845 Lone Oak Road., Paducah Daily tours 1-4pm, every half hour. Featuring period furnishings & memorabilia of Paducah native Alben Barkley. 270.554.2077

COMMUNITY RESOURCES & EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Ballard County Community Food Pantry St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 662 Broadway, LaCenter. Open MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS 9am– Noon for food distribution & to receive non–perishable donations. 270.665.5551 FREE Community Closet 604 S 21st Street, Paducah. Does your family need some extra help with clothes? The community closet at Trinity Baptist Church is open the 2ND & 4TH TUESDAY & THURSDAY from 10am-2pm for McCracken County residents. Please bring a valid form of ID. Gently-used clothing donations are accepted any day of the week. 270.442.1013 FREE Community Food Pantry 604 S 21st Street, Paducah. Does your family need some extra help with groceries this month? The food pantry at Trinity Baptist Church is open the 3 RD TUESDAY from 11am2pm for McCracken County residents. Please bring a valid form of ID. Non-perishable food donations are accepted any day of the week. 270.442.1013 Feeding the Hungry–Community Ministries. 1200 Jefferson Street, Paducah. Volunteers (age 14 & older) are needed to help serve free lunches. Shifts available from 9:45am–1:15pm, MONDAY-FRIDAY. Financial support welcomed! For info, call 270.575.3400 or visit KY Regional Poison Center Kosair Children’s Hospital. 1.800.222. 1222 FREE meals served: Family & Community Kitchen Meals/ Fellowship. Broadway UMC, 701 Broadway Street, Paducah Noon-1pm (270.443.2401) SUNDAYS No questions asked. FREE meals served: Family Kitchen Meals/Fellowship Holy House of Prayer, 1001 S. 4th Street, Paducah SATURDAYS 11am.–1pm. 270.443.1724. The Merryman House. Providing FREE services to all victims of domestic violence, including shelter for those in need. Some services include individual counseling, court advocacy, support groups, referral services, hospital advocacy, outreach services, & housing counseling. 1.800.585.2686 or 270.443.6001 All services are completely confidential. FREE Meals Served @Marcella’s Kitchen. Draffenville Lions Club, 262 Griggstown Road. Open MONDAY–FRIDAY 11am–1pm. Volunteers welcome. 270.705.3402 For military & their families Paducah Lifeline Ministries. Counseling & help for life–controlling addictions. Call 270.443.4743. 2801 The Purchase Area Sexual Assault & Child Advocacy Center (PASAC). Provides FREE services for both children & adult victims of sexual crimes. Services include therapy, legal & medical advocacy, forensic interviews, child sexual abuse exams, consultation,




assessment & referral services, & education programs. 24-hour crisis line 1.800.928.7273, office 270.928.4422. Volunteers undergo criminal background & central registry check. 40-hour training course. PASAC will accommodate your schedule. 270.534.4422

DANCE, PERFORMING ARTS, FITNESS & SPORTS CLASSES FREE Adult Jazz & Tap. Market House Theatre. SATURDAYS 10am. Barre Evolution with Marci Paris The Living Arts Center, 627 Broadway, Ste B, Paducah. SUNDAYS, TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 270.519.2770 Chair Yoga. WKCTC. THURSDAYS IN AUGUST 8-8:45am Integrates the yoga postures (asanas) with mindful breathing techniques to bring awareness & balance to the mind, body & breath. 270.534.3335 DanceMHT. Market House Theatre. Children PreK through High School. $30-35 per month. 270.444.6828 Drop Shots Tennis League. WKCTC. MONDAYS 11:45am Designed for young adults as a recreational way to play the game of tennis or get back into the game after high school. 270.554.9200 FREE Family Track Run Practice. Noble Park Picnic Shelter #10. TUESDAYS 6-7pm. 270.444.8508 Footlights. Market House Theatre. Children ages 4-6, elementaryhigh school. Financial scholarships available. 270.444.6828 Group Training Run, West Kentucky Runners Club. Summer Hill Ct (off Friedman Lane between Pines Road & HW 60 in Paducah). TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 5am. 8 mile run. Mat Yoga. WKCTC, Haws Gymnasium. MONDAYS 3:30-4:20am. Register each semester to join the class. Seniors 65+ are free to audit the class. 270.559.1409 Night Moves Dance Club American Legion, 425 Legion Drive. THURSDAYS 6-9pm, line dancing & couple’s classes. $4 at the door. 270.442.3186 FREE SECOND SATURDAY Hikes. WKCTC, Haws Gymnasium. 10am. Go for a monthly hiking series on the second Saturday of each month at Lake Barkley. Each hike features a new topic of discussion. Participation is free, no reservation necessary! Hikers depart from the Lodge Lobby at 10am. 270.924.1131 Story Book Ballet, Market House Theatre, 120 Market House Square. THURSDAYS 270.444.6828 Tennis Apprentice Program Chad Gamble Tennis Facility, Paducah Tilghman High School. TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 6-7:30pm For adult beginners. 270.217.0717 YogaFit. Mike's Kettlebell Club, 106 Broadway, Paducah. MONDAYS 6:30am. Designed to improve the health, performance, & mental acuity for those interested in improving their level of fitness. Member & nonmember prices available. 270.331.0366




Zumba. WKCTC, Haws Gymnasium. For all ages. $20 for 12 sessions. Join the dance fitness program that combines Latin & international music with dance to make exercise fun. MONDAYS 4:45-5:45pm. 270.534.3335.

EDUCATION & CAMPS Adult Sewing. McCracken County Cooperative Extension Office. THURSDAYS 9-11am Whether you’ve been sewing for 10 years, 10 days, or have just been thinking about taking up the craft, this community is for you! They’ll share, learn & practice new skills & encourage each other in our projects. 270.554.9520 Afternoon Animal Encounters. LBL Woodlands Nature Station. MONDAYS Totally Turtles; TUESDAYS Dinnertime for Bald Eagles; WEDNESDAYS For Goodness Snakes; THURSDAYS Mystery Animal Encounter; FRIDAYS Feed the Animals Fridays (help staff feed a different animal each week) 3:304pm. Free to children under 4. 270.924.2299 Back to the Moon for Good. Golden Pond Planetarium & Observatory, 238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond. MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY 12-12:45pm. Full-dome presentation narrated by Tim Allen. Not since the Apollo missions 40 years ago has there been this much lunar exploration. 270.924.2233 FREE Build a Robotic Orbit Model. McCracken County Public Library, 555 Washington Street, Paducah. AUGUST 12-19 10am-1pm. Build a robotic Orrery that shows the orbital rotations of the Earth, Sun, & Moon. Work as a team to build this working model with interlocking gears. The

finished product will show how a solar eclipse works. Program for ages 10 & up. Center for Gifted Studies. Alexander Hall, Murray State University. The Center, located at 3205 Alexander Hall, collaborates with pre–service & graduate education students, the School Psychology program, & ­­other College of Education programs to provide services to parents & gifted children. Services include professional development programs for teachers, regional & international enrichment opportunities for gifted students during the academic year & summers, & informational & assessment services to parents. Dr. Joy Navan, 270.809.2539 or joy. FREE C.H.A.M.P., Christian Homeschoolers All Meet & Play. United Methodist Church Gym, Ledbetter. MONDAYS 2:30-4:30pm. We also have group recess every six weeks. Bring skates or sports equipment. Sherry Layne–Smith 270.928.4368 City Skylines Quilting Workshop. National Quilt Museum, 215 Jefferson Street, Paducah. AUGUST 12 Perfect for beginner quilters as well as more advanced students interested in learning this raw-edge appliqué technique. 270.442.8856 FREE Computer Basics for Beginners Class. Calloway County Public Library. TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 6-7:30pm. 270.753.2288 Earth, Moon & Sun. Golden Pond Planetarium & Observatory, 238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond. TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 12-2:45pm. Learn about the relationship between the Earth, Moon, & Sun with the help of an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions. Enjoy a variety of entertaining & educational programs presented




with a digital projection system on the 40-foot dome of the theater. 270.924.2233 Families on the Spectrum Lourdes Garden Room. Refreshments provided & guest speakers quarterly. See our Facebook page for upcoming meetings & times. Family Education on Mental Illness. Baptist Health, Paducah. FRIDAYS 7-9:30pm. Classes are designed to help individuals understand & support ill loved ones suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, or personality disorder. Sponsored by NAMI Kentucky & Paducah. 270.519.3152 Feeding Time on the Farm. Homeplace 1850s Working Farm & Living History Museum. MONDAY-FRIDAY 3:30-4:30pm. As the day winds down, feeding time starts for the LBL farm animals. Meet at the pig pen to lend a hand & learn how to care for farm animals the 1850s way! Free to children under 4. 931.232.6457

support group meetings on the 1ST­ TUESDAY of August, October, December, March, & May at St. John’s Church, 6201 Waldo Church Rd, Metropolis, IL. Open to the public. Family Night on the 3RD FRIDAYS Junior Quilters National Quilt Museum, 215 Jefferson St, Paducah. 1 ST TUESDAY 2:30-4:30pm. For details, call 270.442.8856 or visit KATS Homeschool Club, Paducah meets twice a month. This is a Christian group that meets for fellowship, play-dates, field trips & more. Field trips are also twice monthly. Kentucky Wing Civil Air Patrol – National Guard Armory, 8000 Hinkleville Road TUESDAYS 6pm. Offering lessons in aviation & aerospace principles, along with teamwork & leadership training. Members often participate in rescue & disaster relief missions. 270.331.1750 kywgcap. org or

FREE Foster Parent Classes Starting Soon! Open your heart & home to a child in need by becoming a foster parent. Omni Visions, Inc. makes training easy & flexible for your schedule. 270.206.8690

Laser Legends of the Night Sky Golden Pond Planetarium & Observatory. MONDAY-FRIDAY 10am. Animated laser show where Aesop the owl leads you on a light-hearted journey as you look at the Greek mythology associated with some of our constellations. Includes stories behind Perseus, Andromeda, Cetus, Scorpio, & Orion. A nonlaser full-dome version of this show is also available. 800.525.7077

From Earth to the Universe. Golden Pond Planetarium & Observatory, 238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond. EVERY DAY 2-2:45pm. Enjoy beautiful full-dome

The Little Star That Could. Golden Pond Planetarium & Observatory. TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 11-11:45am. Join the journey of Little Star, an average yellow star in search of planets to protect & warm. 270.924.2233.

Heartland Christian Home Educators offers support, field trips, & fellowship for home school families in western Kentucky & southern Illinois. To find out more call Carrie Bullock at 618.638.3289. Parent

Livingston County Adult Education. MONDAY–THURSDAY 8:30am4pm Extended hours on TUESDAYS until 8pm. 270.928.3777




McKAGE (McCracken County Chapter of Kentucky Association of Gifted Education.) Monthly lunch meetings at local schools. Noon– 1pm. Danette Humphrey, 270.442.5172 Paducah Parks Services offers classes for children, teens, & adults. Classes include art lessons, martial arts, soccer & dance. For details, call 270.444.8508 or visit Paducah Kennel Club Agility Classes. Paducah Kennel Club, 1325 Fisher Road. TUESDAYS 6am. Six lessons taught on Tuesday Nights for beginner & intermediate dogs, all ages all breeds. 270.217.0150 Parade of Raptors LBL Woodland Nature Station. EVERY DAY 4:30-5pm. Come face-to-face with a host of raptors including a barn owl, barred owl, screech owl, kestrel, & red-tailed hawk as our staff moves these birds from their outdoor perches to their indoor shelter. 270.924.2299 FREE Parents with Ones, Twos & Threes Storytime Class. Calloway County Public Library. Parents with children ages 1-3 are invited to a special story time. WEDNESDAYS 9:30-10am. 270.753.2288 FREE Preschool Storytime Class. Calloway County Public Library. Parents with preschoolers (ages 4-6) are invited to a special story time. TUESDAYS 10:30-11:30am 270.753.2288 FREE Quilt Club. McCracken County Cooperative Extension Office. Any age & any skill level is welcome. 3RD MONDAYS 9:30am-2pm. 270.554.9520 Sit & Stitch. Itty Bitty Knitty Shop, 1920 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah. Bring your latest project & enjoy the fellowship of other stitchers. Stay a few minutes or a few hours! TUESDAYS 5:30pm. 270.709.3270

events, such as the 2017 total solar eclipse. Recommended for ages 6 & above. 800.525.7077 FREE Tours for Teachers. Wickliffe Mounds. FRIDAYS 10am-3pm. Must make advance reservations. 270.335.3681 Water Aerobics. Metropolis City Pool, 312 W. 4th Street. MONDAYS & THURSDAYS 5:30-6:30pm; Advanced WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS 11am-Noon. 618.524.2609 Wildest Weather in the Solar System Golden Pond Planetarium & Observatory. TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 4pm. Join us aboard the imaginary space ship Erion as we journey through our solar system looking for the planet with the wildest weather. 800.525.7077 Women's Self-Defense Training. Emerging Technology Center, WKCTC. TUESDAYS Learn physical & psychological awareness, verbal confrontation skills, safety strategies, & physical techniques to escape, resist, & survive violent attacks. Recommended for adults. Call 270.534.3206 for pricing & more information.

SENIOR CITIZEN EVENTS FREE Ballroom Dance Classes. MONDAYS Paducah–McCracken Senior Citizens Center. 1–3pm. Must be 60 or over. 270.443.8579 FREE Beginning Crochet & Quilting. Paducah-McCracken County Senior Citizens Center TUESDAYS. 1pm, 2pm. 270.443.8579 FREE Bible Study & Lunch. Broadway Church of Christ. 1ST & 3RD TUESDAYS 11am. All seniors welcome. 270.443.6206

Toastmasters Club MSU Paducah Regional Campus, 4430 Sunset, Room 224, Paducah. THURSDAYS 12-1pm Afraid to speak in public? Learn to speak powerfully in an exciting, fun environment. Visitors welcome. Call Clay Campbell 270.217.1222. Toastmasters International Quality Inn, Benton KY. MONDAYS 6:45pm Learn to speak in public with confidence through evaluations & encouragement from experienced speakers. Work at your own pace through an organized program that adds new skills with each project. Call Clay Campbell 270.217.1222. Tonight's Sky - LIVE! Golden Pond Planetarium & Observatory. MONDAYFRIDAY 10am. Quietly relax under a 40 foot canopy of stars that represent tonight’s sky. Staff will lead you on a tour of planets, constellations, & special celestial




Dancing. Trigg Co. Senior Citizens Center. 1ST & 3RD THURSDAY 6:30-8:30pm. 270.522.8341

Senior Medicare Patrol Sr. Center 1400 HC Mathis Drive. 8am-4pm most TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS 270.442.8993

Exercise Classes for Seniors Paducah–McCracken County Senior Center MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS. 10-11am. 270.443.8579

FREE Serving Our Senior’s Bingo Parkview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. 1ST & 3RD THURSDAYS 1:30–3pm. Dessert & coffee served, enter at the Rehabilitation wing. To reserve a seat, call 270.443.6543

Hot Lunches. Paducah–McCracken County Senior Center MONDAY–FRIDAY 11:30am. $3 donation. Must be 60 or over. 270.443.8579 Informal Coffee Group. Etcetera Coffeehouse, 6th Street & Kirchoff’s Bakery locations MONDAY–FRIDAY 9am. Kentucky Grandparents over the age of 60 who are primary caregivers may be eligible for state assistance. 877.352.5183 FREE Line Dancing Classes. Paducah-McCracken Senior Citizens Center. TUESDAYS 1-2:30pm. Must be 60 or over. 270.443.8579 Matters of Life Forum. 2ND THURSDAYS McCracken Co. Senior Center Activities Room. 11am. Topics discussed include ethical wills, passing on important values & bereavement support. McCracken County Humane Society Senior Days. WEDNESDAYS adopters over 60 years of age who cannot afford the full fee will receive a 50% discount on selected pets. 9am–3:30pm Senior Citizens Social Dinner & Games. McKendree United Methodist Church. 3RD SATURDAYS 4:30-6pm. 270.488.3770




Super Seniors First Christian Church of Paducah. 1ST MONDAYS 270.443.8251 TUESDAYS for Seniors Wickliffe Mounds. 9am-4:30pm. Special discounted rate. Tour the site & museum; have a leisurly walk around the mounds; view birds & wildflowers along the nature trail; learn about the site's history. 270.335.3681 Walk with Ease. TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS 11-11:30am. Six-week fitness program shown to help reduce pain & improve health. Supported by the Arthritis Foundation. Must be 60 years of age or older. 270.442.8993 or 270.443.8579 Water Aerobics Brooks Indoor Pool. Broadway United Methodist Church, 701 Broadway. MONDAY–FRIDAY 10am. $25 per month. 270.443.1778

MULTI-SERVICE PROVIDERS American Red Cross Volunteer Opportunity 232 N. 8th Street, Paducah 2ND MONDAYS at 6pm. Western Kentucky Chapter is looking for volunteers for disaster relief training. To support our area counties, call 270.442.3575.

Baptist Health has meetings & groups for: Arthritis, Breast Feeding, Cancerport Breast Cancer, Prepared Childbirth, Baby Care, Family, CPR, Menopause, Diabetes, Radiation Therapy for New Patients, Lymphedema, Parkinson's Disease, Weight Loss & more. Call 270.575.2229 or

Lourdes Hospital has meetings & support groups for: Alzheimer’s, Breast Cancer, Colitis & Crohn's, Childbirth, Breastfeeding, Huntington's, Pancreatic Cancer, Joint Replacement, Caregiver & Grief support, Overeating, & Amputees. 270.444.2444 or classeseventssupportgroups.asp

Dream Factory Volunteer Meetings US Bank Bldg. 4th & Broadway. 5th floor. Interested in helping or donating? Janice Harris, 270.441.7611

Paducah Area Amputees in Action. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion Rosenthal

Four Rivers Behavioral Health provides service in the areas of mental health, developmental disabilities, & substance abuse. Consulting & employee assistance available. Serving Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Marshall, & McCracken. 24–hr. crisis hot-line, 800.592. 3980. Call the office, 270.442.7121, to find out more. Hope Unlimited Family Care Center & Medical Clinic provides counseling, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, parenting classes & The Learn to Earn Program offers a way for families to earn points to purchase much needed baby items. 270.442.1166 in Paducah or 618.524.5730 in Metropolis. Lourdes Hospice Needs Volunteers Behavioral Health meeting Room (adjacent to the ER) Working with hospice patients can grow your faith & teach you about the magic & beauty of life. Volunteers are needed in Ballard, Caldwell, Carlisle, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, & McCracken counties. If interested, contact Susan Mason at 1.800.870.7460 or 270.415.3640. Meetings are MONDAYS (except holidays).

Room. See Facebook page for meeting times or call 270.538.6844. Amputees who would like printed information can pick up packets at Project CARAT Paducah, located at 911 Joe Clifton Drive in Paducah from 11am to 4pm. Paducah Cooperative Ministry 402 Legion Drive. Provides emergency food pantry assistance, financial assistance for rent evictions, utility disconnections, prescription medications, & stranded traveler needs. Limited to McCracken County residents. Open MONDAY–FRIDAY 9amNoon & 1-4pm. 270.442.6795. Starfish Orphan Ministry invites you to be a part of a life changing adventure to El Salvador... First timer? It’s okay! See how you can help make a difference to orphaned children in need! 270.933.1250 St. Nicholas Free Clinic provides FREE primary care, medicine & specialist referrals to uninsured working adults who live or work in the Kentucky counties of Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Hickman, Livingston, McCracken, Marshall, & Massac County, Illinois. Households with at least 1 adult working 15 hours or more & fall within 200% of the Federal Poverty Level for household income qualify for St. Nicholas. Call the clinic at 270.575.3247.




St. Vincent de Paul Budget Store A volunteer based ministry that sells used clothing, furniture & other goods at a minimal charge to the community & 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. TUESDAY-FRIDAY 10am–3pm & SATURDAY 9am–1pm). Budget Store phone number: 270.442.9351; Help Line phone number: 270.575.1008;


FREE Prenatal Classes by the Lourdes Little Miracles Birthing Center. Borders Community Room, Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion. Nurses provide information on childbirth & breastfeeding. Includes a tour of our birthing center. Available either as a four-week course (four MONDAYS a month, 6-8pm), or as a boot-camp course on a SATURDAY (9am-4:30pm). Call 270.444.2243 to register. FREE Prepared Childbirth Classes. Meeting Room A, Doctors Office Building 2, Baptist Health, Paducah. AUGUST 12, SEPTEMBER 23, NOVEMBER 4, & DECEMBER 9. Class designed to help expectant parents in their second or third trimester learn about the labor & delivery process. Call 270.575.2229 to register.

FREE Hearts for Babies. Lone Oak First Baptist Church, Room C 200. The group makes layettes for under–privileged & single moms in need & their new babies. Meets 1ST WEDNESDAY of every month from 10am–2pm. We knit, crochet, quilt & sew! 270.554.3818 FREE La Leche League of Kentucky 160 South Gum Springs Road, Paducah All breastfeeding mothers & mothers–to–be interested in breastfeeding. 1ST THURSDAYS 10am. 270.534.0512 FREE M.O.M. Group 100 W 13th Street, Benton KY (Fellowship Hall of First Missionary Baptist Church) Time for moms of all ages to connect with one another & study God's Word in an encouraging, supportive, non-denominational environment. Children play in nursery while mother's meet. 3RD TUESDAYS 9-11am Please preregister. 270.527.7615 FREE Mothering Through Breastfeeding. Grace Episcopal Church 2ND TUESDAYS 10am. Open to all pregnant & nursing mothers & their children. 270.443.2373 or 270.442.4891




RELIGIOUS SERVICES & MEETINGS Amazing Grace Lutheran Church 1601 Jefferson Street, Paducah | 270.933.1215 SUNDAY Service 10am; Education Hour 8:45am Antioch Missionary Baptist Church 3986 State Route 1372, Bardwell | @abcbardwell SUNDAY School 10am; Worship Service 11am; Night Worship 5pm; WEDNESDAY Worship & Youth 7pm Arcadia United Methodist Church 261 Lone Oak Road, Paducah | 270.442.3313 |

SUNDAY School 9am; Worship Service 10am; TUESDAY Men’s Prayer Gathering 7:30am Bellview Baptist Church Bleich & Old Mayfield Roads | 270.554.3173 | SUNDAY School: 9am; Worship Service: 10am; Sunday Evening: 6pm; WEDNESDAY Evening: 6:30pm Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church 12304 Wickliffe Rd, Kevil | 270.876.7239 | @bethalcpchurch SUNDAY Coffee & Donuts 9am; Sunday School 9:15am; Worship Service 10:30am Bethel Christian Church, Kevil 12245 Woodville Rd, Kevil | 270.462.3544 | SUNDAY Coffee & Donuts 9am; Sunday School 9:15am; Worship Service 10:30am Broadway Baptist Church 2435 Broadway St, Paducah | 270.442.3739 | SUNDAY School, 10am; Sunday Worship, 11am; Sunday Evening, 6pm; WEDNESDAY Worship, 7pm Broadway Church of Christ 2855 Broadway St, Paducah | 270.443.6206 | SUNDAY Morning Worship 9:30am; Bible Study 10:45am; Evening Worship 6pm; MONDAY & WEDNESDAY Precious Pottery Preschool 9am-2pm; TUESDAY Clothing Give Away 10am-Noon; WEDNESDAY Ladies Bible Class 10am; Bible Classes 6:30pm; 2ND FRIDAY Parent's Night Out 5-10pm

Calvert City First Presbyterian Church 639 Evergreen St, Calvert City | 270.395. 4700 | SUNDAY School 9:30am; Fellowship 10am; Worship 10:45am Calvert City United Methodist Church 571 Oak Park Blvd., Calvert City | 270.395.4746 | SUNDAY First Light Worship Service, Contemporary 9am; Sunday School 10am; Traditional Service 11am; WEDNESDAY Children, Youth & Adult Bible Studies 6pm; Adult Choir 7pm Central Church of Christ 2201 Washington St, Paducah | 270.442.1017 | SUNDAY Bible Study Classes 9:30am; Morning Worship 10:30am; Evening Worship 6pm; WEDNESDAY Bible Study 7pm; TUESDAYS Ladies’ Bible Class, 1-2pm; LAST SATURDAY “Dorcas Day” Clothing Giveaway 9am–Noon Christ Chapel UECNA, "The Lighthouse" Hiter Road, Fairdealing | 270.354.9132 | All faiths welcome! SUNDAY Worship Services 8:30 & 10:30am; WEDNESDAY 7pm Christ Community Church 8270 Hinkleville Road, Paducah | 270.744.0397 SUNDAY Coffee & Donuts 9am; Bible Classes 9:30am; Morning Worship & Junior Church (ages 10 & under) 10:30am; WEDNESDAY Bible Study 7pm Community Fellowship Baptist Church 90 State Route 408 West, Hickory | 270.856.4463 | SUNDAY Services 8:30 & 11am; Signed Service for the Deaf/HH at 11am service; Sunday School 10am; WEDNESDAY Adult Bible Study, Kids Zone & Youth 6:30pm

Broadway United Methodist Church 701 Broadway St, Paducah | 270.443.2401 | SUNDAY Fellowship Time (Igert Hall) 9am; Youth & Adult Sunday School for all ages 9:30am; Worship 10:30am; BUMS Youth group (grades 6–12) 5-7pm; Handbell Choir 7pm; Sunday morning services are streamed live & archived online. TUESDAY & THURSDAY Mother's Day Out 9am-2pm Call to register. WEDNESDAY Children’s Choir 5pm; Fellowship Dinner 5pm; YUMS (4th & 5th graders) 6pm; Chancel Choir 7pm; Senior Pastor Bible Study. THURSDAYS 11am. You do not have to be a member of Broadway UMC to participate. Calvary Baptist Church 270 Clements St, Paducah | 270.443.1552 Pastor Pail Hatcher SUNDAY School 10am; Worship Service 11am; Evening Service 6pm; WEDNESDAY Service 6:30pm




Concord Christian Center 3661 James Sanders Blvd., Paducah |270.441.7900 | SUNDAY Small Groups 9:45am Worship 10:45am, 6pm; WEDNESDAY Service 7pm Concord United Methodist Church 5178 Hinkleville Road, Paducah | 270.443.2669 | SUNDAY Worship Times 8:15am, 10:30am & 6pm; Coffee/Donuts/ Fellowship 9am; Sunday School 9:30am Child care is provided in the nursery during Sunday morning services; TUESDAY WISE Bible Study for Women 6:30pm; WEDNESDAY Fellowship Meal 5:15pm call to make reservations; B.L.A.S.T. for Kids, Youth Meeting & Adult Bible Study 6pm; THURSDAY Men’s Prayer Breakfast 8am Prayer Room is open to the public Concord West Church of Christ 4715 Mayfield Metropolis Road, Paducah | 270.744.6329 SUNDAY Bible Study 9am; Worship 10am; Evening Worship 6pm; WEDNESDAY Bible Study 6pm The Crossing 1225 Broadway St, Paducah | 270.201.2810 | SUNDAY Worship 10:45am Elevation Point Church Paducah Exp Convention Center, 415 Park Ave. | 270.705.1045 | SUNDAY Service 10:30am First Baptist Church, Paducah 2890 Broadway St, Paducah | 270.442.2728 | SUNDAY School 9am; Worship 10:15am; Evening Worship 5pm; WEDNESDAY Fellowship Meal 5pm; Worship 6pm; 252 Basics (children) 5:50pm; Awaken (youth) 6pm; Adult Choir Rehearsal 7pm

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 2515 S Main St, Benton | 270.527.8560 | SUNDAY Church School 9:45am; Worship 10:45am; WEDNESDAY Youth Night 5:30-7pm; MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY Men’s Exercise Group 9-10am First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 420 Catherine Street, Metropolis IL | 618.524.7118 | SUNDAY Fellowship Coffee & Donuts 9am; Sunday School 9:30am; Morning Worship 10:30am; Youth Meeting 5pm; WEDNESDAY Bible Study 6pm; Choir Practice 7pm First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 415 Audobon Dr, Paducah | 270.443.8251 | SUNDAY School 9:30am (Classes for all ages); Worship 10:45am; Bible Study 4pm; MONDAYS Pray & Ponder 10am; TUESDAYS Choir practice 5:15pm; WEDNESDAYS Bible Study 11am; THURSDAYS Gambler's Anonymous 7pm (618.570.4882); 2ND SATURDAYS Men's Fellowship Breakfast 8-10am; 1ST MONDAYS Blood Drive 11:30am-5:30pm First Presbyterian Church 200 N 7th St, Paducah | 270.442.3545 | SUNDAY Church School 9:30am; Worship 10:45am; Youth Choir (6th-12th grades) 4:30pm; Youth Group 5:30-7pm; Handbells 6pm; WEDNESDAY Children’s Choir & Activities 4-5:45pm; Adult Choir 7pm First United Methodist Church 100 East 5th Street, Metropolis | 618.524.9325 | SUNDAY Worship Service 10am & 6pm; Classes for all ages 9am; 3RD SUNDAYS Coffee & Donuts 11:15am Fountain Avenue United Methodist Church 300 Fountain Ave, Paducah270.443.1724 | SUNDAY Fellowship 9am; Sunday School for all ages, 9:45am; Worship & Children’s Church (ages 4-9) 10:45am; Communion Service; 1­ST SUNDAY of each month. Nursery provided for birth-age 3; Evening Services 6pm; MONDAY & THURSDAY Quilting Group 9:30am; WEDNESDAY Church Dinner 5:30pm ($5/call for reservation by noon Tuesday); Program & youth activities 6pm; Choir 6:30pm Friendship Baptist Church of Paducah 146 S Friendship Rd, Paducah | 270.534.1900 | SUNDAY School 9am; Morning Worship 10:15am; Evening Worship 6pm; WEDNESDAY Evening Worship 6pm Gospel Mission Worship Center 6905 Benton Rd, Paducah | 270.898.3613 | SUNDAY School 9:30am; Morning Service 10:45am; Evening Service 5:30pm; WEDNESDAY Evening Service 6pm Grace Episcopal Church 820 Broadway, Paducah | 270.443.1363 | SUNDAY Holy Eucharist 8am & 10am; Christian Formation 9am; Children's Chapel 10am; Middle Schoolers 4pm; Youth Supper 5:30pm; High Schoolers 6:30pm; Nursery available for 10am Sunday Service. WEDNESDAY Holy Eucharist 12pm; Youth Group 5pm; THURSDAY Sanctuary Choir 6pm; 2ND THURSDAY Vintage Grace Luncheon/Program (for Seniors) 11:30am-1pm Harmony Baptist Church 9215 Ogden Landing Rd,W. Paducah | 270.488.3115 | SUNDAY Sunday School 10am; Morning Worship & Children’s




Church 11am; AWANA 5:30pm; Evening Worship 6pm; WEDNESDAY Prayer & Praise, Bible Buddies 7am `Heartland Worship Center 4777 Alben Barkley Dr, Paducah |270.534.1400 | SUNDAY School 8, 9:15 & 10:45am; Sunday Services 9:30, 10:45am & 6pm; WEDNESDAY Evening Service 6pm; Children’s Activities 6pm; Middle/High School, 6–8pm; Divorce Care 6:30pm Highland Cumberland Presbyterian Church 3950 Lovelaceville Rd, Paducah | 270.554.3572 | SUNDAY School 9:45am; Worship 10:45am; Youth & Evening Worship 6pm; WEDNESDAY Youth 6pm; Bible Study 6pm Hillcrest Baptist Church 10083 US-60, Kevil | 270.217.2796 SUNDAY School 9am; Services 10am & 5pm; MONDAY-FRIDAY Hillcrest Preschool; 3 RD FRIDAY Family Movie Night House of Hope Ministries 1731 N 11th St, Paducah | 270.933.1069 | SUNDAY Worship Service 11am; WEDNESDAY Fill-Up Service 6:30-7:30pm Immanuel Baptist Church 3465 Buckner Ln, Paducah | 270.443.5306 | SUNDAY School 9:30am; Worship 10:45am; 1ST & 3RD SUNDAY Orchestra Rehearsal 9am; WEDNESDAY Shepherd’s Table (Dinner) 4:50-5:30pm. Please call ahead. First time guests eat FREE. $5 for adults & $3 for children. Youth Bible Study 5-7pm; Immanuel Kidz 5:30-7pm; Gathering for Adults 6pm; Adult Handbells 6:15pm; Sanctuary Choir 7:05pm; THURSDAY Discipleship Group 6:30am; Friendship International 9am; 3RD THURSDAY Mission Meal 6:30pm; 4TH THURSDAY Faith & Fiction 7pm Islamic Center of Paducah 760 Berger Rd, Paducah | 270.558.4559 | FRIDAY Weekly Prayer 1:30-2:30pm; SUNDAY School 11am-1:30pm The Journey Church, Calloway Co. 304 N 4th St, Murray (3rd floor of Curris Center) | 270.761.4403 | SUNDAY Adult Services 9 & 10:30am The Journey Church, Marshall Co. Creason Building, 1600 Park Ave, Benton | 270.761.4403 | SUNDAY Service 10am Ledbetter United Methodist Church 200 Golden Meadow Dr, Ledbetter | 270.898.3435 SUNDAY Worship Service 9:30am; Sunday School 10:30am Living Word Pentecostal Church 907 Husband Rd, Paducah | 270.575.3477 SUNDAY Morning Sunday School/Worship 10am; Evening Worship 6pm; WEDNESDAY Bible Study 7pm; Bus Ministry call 270.564.5706 or 270.210.9086 Lone Oak Church of Christ 2960 Lone Oak Rd, Paducah | 270.554.2511 | SUNDAY Worship 10am; Sunday School 9am; Evening Service 6pm WEDNESDAY Bible Study 7pm

Lone Oak First Baptist Church 3601 Lone Oak Rd, Paducah | 270.554.1441 | SUNDAY Morning Worship 8:30am, 9:45am & 11am; Evening Worship 6:30pm; WEDNESDAY Prayer Meeting 6:30pm Lone Oak United Methodist Church 3835 Old US Hwy 45 S | 270.554.1272 | SUNDAY Coffee & Donuts 9am; Sunday School 9:15am; Service 10:30am; Nursery Available 9–11:30am; WEDNESDAY Kids on a Mission 2:30pm (grades 4-5), 3:45pm (grades 1-3); Bible Study 6pm; Handbell Practice 6pm; Choir Practice 7pm; 3RD SATURDAYS United Methodist Men 8am Lutheran Church of the Cross 2601 North Ave, Metropolis | 618.524.4628 | SUNDAY School 9am; Worship Service 10am; 1ST & 3RD SUNDAY Holy Communion Margaret Hank Memorial Cumberland Presbyterian Church 1526 Park Ave, Paducah | 270.443.3689 SUNDAY School 9:30am; Worship 10:30am; Evening Service 6pm Mayfield First United Methodist Church 214 S 8th St, Mayfield | 270.247.5678 | SUNDAY School 9:30am; Worship 10:30am; TUESDAY Celebrate Recovery meal 5:30pm; Meeting 6:15pm; WEDNESDAY Fellowship meal 5:30pm; Bible Study 6:15pm McKendree United Methodist Church 2860 McKendree Church Rd, Kevil 270.488.3770 or 270.488.2444 SUNDAY School 9am Worship 10:30am Youth & Children Activities 4:30pm Evening Worship 6pm; WEDNESDAY Bible Study 6:30pm; 3 RD SATURDAY Senior Citizens Social Dinner 4:30–6pm. Clothes Closet MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY 10am–3pm SATURDAY 9am–Noon Milburn Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian 3760 Metropolis Lake Rd, West Paducah 270.488.2588 SUNDAY Donuts & Coffee 9am; Sunday School 9:30am; Morning Worship 10:30am; WEDNESDAY Family Meal 5:30pm; Bible Study 6pm




Mt. Sterling Cumberland Presbyterian Church 1780 Mt. Sterlin Rd, Brookport IL | 618.564.2616 SUNDAY School 10am; Worship 11am; Evening Worship 6pm; Youth Group 6pm; WEDNESDAY Bible Study 6:30pm; Junior Youth Group 6:30pm Mt. Zion Baptist Church 9701 Blandville Rd, West Paducah | 270.554.0518 | SUNDAY School 9am; Worship 10am & 6:30pm; WEDNESDAY Prayer Meeting & Bible Study 6:30pm New Geneva Community Church 433 Monroe St, Paducah | 270.443.8866 | SUNDAY Worship 10:30am, Intergenerational Bible Study meal following; TUESDAY Women’s Ministry 7pm; THURSDAY Men’s Ministry 5:30pm & 6:45pm; TUESDAY-FRIDAY Biblical counseling available by appointment New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church 7680 New Hope Rd, Paducah | 270.554.0473 | SUNDAY School 9:30am Worship 10:30am Evening Youth & Worship 6pm; WEDNESDAY Bible Study 7pm. For youth information, contact the River Youth Ministries. Contact Melanie Rogers 270.978.1761; AUGUST 13 2017 Homecoming 10:30am-2pm Oakland Cumberland Presbyterian Church 9110 US Hwy 68 W, Calvert City, KY | 270.350.7262 SUNDAY School 9:30am; Morning Worship 10:30am; Evening Worship 6pm; WEDNESDAY Evening Bible Study 6pm. Oaklawn Baptist Church 500 Oaks Rd, Paducah | 270.442.1513 | SUNDAY School 9:45am Worship 11am & 6pm; WEDNESDAY Bible Study 7pm, God’s Children 7pm Olivet Baptist Church 5186 Hinkleville Rd, Paducah | 270.442.3267 | SUNDAY School 9am; Morning Worship, Kids Worship Time (ages 3 to K) 10am; Awana For Kids (ages 2–6th grade) 5:45pm; Evening Worship 6pm; WEDNESDAY Bible Studies for ages 2–Adult 6:30pm

SUNDAY Sunday School (classes for all ages) 9am; Morning Worship Service 10:10am; Children’s Church/Junior Church (ages 3-5th grade) 5:30-7pm; Choir Practice 5-6:15pm Mission Friends (Age 3-Kindergarten) Children In Action (1st-5th Grade) 5-7pm; Youth 6:30pm; Adult Bible Study; TUESDAY & THURSDAY 9:30am; Early Learning & Pre–K Program; WEDNESDAY TeamKID (age 3- grade 5), 6-7:30pm; Youth (grades 6-12), 6-7:45pm; Prayer & Adult Bible Study 6:30pm Reidland Christian Church 5300 Kentucky Dam Rd, Paducah | 270.898.3904 | SUNDAY Sunday School 9:30am; Worship 10:30am; Bible study 6pm; WEDNESDAY Family Meal 6pm; Bible Study for Children/Adults 7pm Reidland Seventh Day Adventist Church 5320 Kentucky Dam Road | 270.898.3010 | SATURDAY Sabbath School 9:30am; Worship Service 11am; 1ST SATURDAYS following worship service a FREE delicious vegetarian fellowship meal is served. WEDNESDAY Prayer Meeting 6:30pm Reidland United Methodist 5515 Reidland Rd, Paducah | 270.898.2114 | WEDNESDAY Faithweaver Friends preschool-6th grade 5:15-7:30pm FREE dinner & fun, interactive bible discussions for kids. Rosary Chapel Catholic Church 711 Ohio St, Paducah | 270.444.6383 | SUNDAY School 9:45am; Worship Service 10:45am; Evening Service 6pm; WEDNESDAY Evening Service 7pm Rosebower Baptist Church 1120 Tyree Road, Paducah | 270.898.3385 | SUNDAY Mass 10:30am; 2ND FRIDAYS THROUGH NOVEMBER Fish Fry 4:30pm Spring Bayou Baptist Church 11205 Woodville Rd, Kevil | 270.462.3014 | SUNDAY School 9:45am; Morning Worship 10:45am; Youth & Children's Programs/Evening Worship 6pm; WEDNESDAY Services 7pm

Pathway Baptist Church 229 W 5th Ave, Calvert City | 270.395.5683 | SUNDAY School 9:30am; Worship Service 10:30am; Evening Services Adults, Youth & Children 6pm; WEDNESDAY Adult Prayer, Bible Study 6:30pm; Awana for children 2 years old–6th grade 6:30pm; (during school year) Youth Service 6:30pm; THURSDAY Grief Share 6:30pm; Monthly Men’s Meetings & Ladies ConnectPleasant Grove

Southland Baptist Temple 927 Yarbro Ln, Paducah | 270.444.9678 | SUNDAY Topper’s Gospel Show (WKYQ) 7-9am; Sunday School 9:45am; Worship Service, KidzAlive (3–5th grade) 10:45am; Evening Service 6pm; WEDNESDAY Mission Room Open 10am-3pm; Evening Meal 4:30-6pm; AWANA (2-6th grade) & The Light (7th-12thh grade) 6:30-8pm; Adult Bible Classes 6:45pm

Baptist Church 1110 N 14th Street, Paducah | 270.442.1000 | SUNDAY Explorer Hour 9:30am; Worship 11am; 1ST SUNDAY Lord Supper ; WEDNESDAY Prayer/Bible Study 6pm; 1ST WEDNESDAY Youth Bible Study 6pm

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church 1518 J H O'Bryan Ave, Grand Rivers | 270.395.4727 | WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY Mass 9am

The Potter’s House Baptist Worship Center 881 Cutoff Rd, Smithland | 270.928.9905 | SUNDAY Bible Study 9:30am; Worship 10:45am; Evening 6pm; WEDNESDAY Prayer/Bible Study 6pm Reidland Baptist Church 5559 Benton Rd, Paducah | 270.898.6243 | Nursery provided for all services & Sunday school.




St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church 116 S 6th St, Paducah | 270.442.1923 | Mass Schedule TUESDAY–FRIDAY 12pm; SATURDAY 5pm; SUNDAY 8:30 &11am; Quilt Display & Meal St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 6705 Mayfield Rd, Paducah | 270.554.3810 | Mass Schedule TUESDAY–SATURDAY 7:30am; SATURDAY 5am; SUNDAY 7:30am & 9am

St. Matthew Lutheran Church 2701 Broadway St, Paducah | 270.442.8294 SUNDAY Worship 9:30am; 1st & 3rd SUNDAY Potluck & Education 5pm St. Paul Lutheran Church 211 S 21st St, Paducah | 270.442.8343 | SUNDAY Worship 8 & 10:45am; Bible Study & Sunday School 9:30am; The Lutheran Hour, Christian outreach radio program can be heard locally on WNGO 1320am & WKYX 570AM each Sunday at 6pm St. Peter’s of the Lake Episcopal Church Gilbertsville | 270.362.8301 | SUNDAY Holy Eucharist or Morning Prayer Service 10am; Children’s Sunday School 10:15-10:45am St. Pius X Catholic Church 723 E 5th Ave, Calvert City |270.395.4727 | Mass Times TUESDAY 6pm; WEDNESDAY–FRIDAY 8am; SATURDAY 4:30pm; SUNDAY 8am St. Thomas More Catholic Church 5645 Blandville Rd, Paducah | 270.534.9000 | Mass Schedule MONDAY & THURSDAY 6pm; TUESDAY & FRIDAY 7am SATURDAY 5:30pm SUNDAY 9 & 11am (1pm En Español) Nursery available at all services; MONDAY evening Active MOMS group & Active couples group. 270.534.9000; WEDNESDAY Mother’s Day Out; THURSDAY Moms Group Playgroup

West End Baptist Church 324 S 28th St, Paducah | 270.443.1043 | SUNDAY School 9:30am; Worship Service 10:45am; Evening Worship 6pm; WEDNESDAY Fellowship Meal 5:30pm Call by Noon to reserve your spot; TUESDAY Children/Youth Bible Study & Adult Prayer Service 6:30pm Woodlawn Cumberland Presbyterian Church 3402 Benton Road | 270.442.7713 | SUNDAY Corporate Prayer 9:45-10:15am Worship Service 10:30am; WEDNESDAY Worship Service 7pm; THURSDAY Corporate Prayer 8:45-10am Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church (Fellowship) 1347 S 6th St, Paducah | 270.331.5247 or 5217 | SUNDAY School 9:45am; Morning Worship Service 10:45am; WEDNESDAY Bible Study 6:30pm

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Temple Israel 330 Joe Clifton Dr, Paducah | 270.442.4104 | FRIDAY Lay–led Services 5:30pm; Rabbi–led Services 7pm Trinity United Methodist Church 6125 Blandville Rd, Paducah | 270.534.9516 | SUNDAY School 9:30am; Worship 10:30am; TUESDAY Women’s Bible Study 9-11am (TUMC) & 6-8pm (offsite); WEDNESDAY Awana (2yr old5th Grade) 5-6:45pm; Youth (6th–12 grade) 5:30-6:45pm; Choir 6-7pm Twelve Oaks Baptist Church 2110 New Holt Rd, Paducah | 270.554.4634 | SUNDAY School 9:30am Worship 8,10 & 10:45am; WEDNESDAY Awana 5:30-7pm, Mid–Week Service 6pm United Church of Paducah 4600 Buckner Ln, Paducah | 270.442.3722 | SUNDAY Worship celebration 10am; Coffee & refreshments 1111:20am; Christian Education until Noon. Waldo Baptist Church 6970 Waldo Church Rd, Metropolis, IL | 618.564.2180 | SUNDAY Bible Study 9am; Morning Worship Service 10am; Evening Worship Service 6am; WEDNESDAY Fellowship Meal Ministry 5:30pm; Mid–Week Service 7pm Washington Street Baptist Church 721 Washington St, Paducah | 270.442.8033 | SUNDAY Morning Alive (Sunday School for All Ages) 9:30am; Worship Service 10:45am

Prenatal Care • Yearly Exams • Infertility Gynecological Surgery • Menopausal Medicine Alt. Hormone Replacement • Aesthetic Services 4-D In-Office Ultrasound • High Risk Obstetrics Dr. Anunciato would like to welcome Meghan Lee, Nurse Practitioner. Our addition will provide shorter wait times for appointments and convenience for you. 

Way of Christ Bible Fellowship Church 1301 Park Ave, Paducah | 270.575.0039 | SUNDAY Morning Service 10:45am; WEDNESDAY Youth Bible Study 5:30pm Adult Bible Study 6:30pm





Expanding Creativity & Knowledge through the Arts The 2017-18 Carson Center Class Acts Educational Series


ne of the most fascinating concepts about learning is that it taps into the imaginative mind, taking students beyond the four walls of a classroom. The Class Acts Educational Series at the Carson Center expands the imagination and adds both an educational, and artistic slant to so many of our favorite stories. The Class Acts workshops and performances have been strategically chosen for students of all ages to expand their knowledge and creativity through the arts. “The creative soul is fueled through artistic expression,” says Mary Katz, Education Director at the Carson Center. “When we give children the chance to tap into their own imagination, we observe a developmental aspect of both growth and creativity.”

Mississippi, and a modern theatrical interpretation of the classic story Alice in Wonderland. Imagination will run wild with iLuminate and Shadowland's creative use of light and dance, and just in time for Veteran's Day in November – Letters Home. Plus, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra will be making its way back to the Carson Center stage with a performance of Around the World with Music. All shows are approximately one hour.

Olate Dogs

The 2017-2108 Season at the Carson Center includes well known classics such as My Father's Dragon, Go, Dog, Go!, Mr. Popper's Penguins, Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny, Huck & Tom and the Mighty

Thursday, September 21, 2017 10am All Ages Olate Dogs are the winning participants from Season 7 of America’s Got Talent. Led by father Richard Olate and his son Nicholas Olate, the Olate Dogs are a high-energy, fast-paced act filled with doggy friendly




and amazing pet tricks. The live show includes a doggy fashion show, a classic comedic routine by Richard Olate and music by Nicholas Olate. The Olate Dogs show is fun for kids of all ages.

audiences a powerful portrait of the soldier experience in the ongoing war. These letters were written under the most difficult circumstances: the rigors of training, uncertainty of deployment, separation of family and loved ones, combat, and occupation duties. This production helps to define patriotism for the audience, and what it means to serve our country today. The play reveals the humanity that lies within the war as seen through the eyes of the men and women fighting it. The initial production was critically acclaimed and was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Outstanding New Play.

My Father's Dragon


Thursday, October 5, 2017 10am All Ages Literally glowing in the dark, iLuminate first seared itself into the eyes of millions on NBC’s America's Got Talent. The group’s jaw-dropping fusion of technology and choreography uses special light suits that baffle audience members by enabling the performers to disappear, reappear, and seemingly levitate. iLuminate brings you a story of adventure and romance conveyed by array of dance styles from contemporary, to popping, to breaking -expressed through a glowing visual design.

Monday, November 6, 2017 9:30 & 11:30am Grades K-5 Based on the beloved book series by Ruth Stiles Gannett, My Father’s Dragon comes to life on stage complete with talking animals, a daring rescue, a flying dragon, buried treasure, and lots of humor throughout this fabulous adventure. Enchantment Theatre Company and the Carson Center are delighted to bring you the story of a compassionate and courageous young boy and his unlikely friendship with a splendid yellow and blue striped dragon. When 9-year old Elmer Elevator hears about a baby dragon who is held captive, he sets off on an adventure to rescue the dragon and return him home. With the help of his friend the Alley Cat, Elmer makes his way to the Island, outwits the wild animals, and saves Boris the dragon. But can they find their way back home?

Alice in Wonderland

The Money Tree

Thursday, October 26, 2017 9:30 & 11:30am Grades K-6 When Shasta’s father loses his job, she is devastated to learn that plans for her upcoming birthday party must be significantly downsized. Shasta and Simon meet a mysterious traveler who gives them a seed that will make a tree grow leaves of money. Through a truly magical journey, the two ultimately learn that being a loyal friend is worth more than a big party or having all the latest toys. This production introduces elementary school audiences to beginning notions related to financial literacy, explores the idea of needs vs. wants, and affirms the power of imagination and creativity. `Letters Home Thursday, November 2, 2017 10am Grades 6-12 Letters Home puts the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East - and by their families. Without politicizing, the play gives

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 10am Grades 6-12 An Alice for our time – a precocious girl falls into a fantastic world of extravagant characters where little makes sense. To find her way, Alice charts a topsy turvy course where every turn means a new adventure. In this 21st-century staging cameras, projection, and puppets help to tell the story of Alice’s journey through Wonderland. The National Players have adapted the classic Lewis Carroll novel, to bring Alice’s story to life in modern day terms. The National Players are America’s longest running touring theatre company, now in their 68th season.

Go, Dog, Go!

Monday, January 22, 2018 10am Grades Pre K-3 Go, Dog. Go! brings the adventures of P.D. Eastman's book to life in a frolicking musical dog party. The cast of this beloved preschool favorite has gone to the dogs – with cars, hats, audience participation, and even a wild game of ball as this hilarious visual spectacle manages to sneak in some important lessons about life between innings. Go, Dog. Go! is a musical romp full of surprises, color, clowning, vaudeville, singing/ barking, and of course, six lovable dogs!




Mr. Molecule's Bing, Bang, Boom! Science Show

Thursday, February 15, 2018 9:30 & 11:30am Grades K-8 When Mr. Molecule unleashes the power and excitement of science – Bing! Bang! Boom! He creates an explosion of learning that K-8 kids can't resist. Students are astonished to see the fantastic 12-foot tall Foam Monster, the impossible Balloons in Orbit, and the hysterically funny Bernoulli TP Challenge – all based on essential science principles. Mr. Molecule's totally awesome Bing, Bang, Boom Science Show is a whole new way for kids to discover science and experience the joy of learning!


Thursday, March 1, 2018 10am Grades 3-12 Night. A teenage girl prepares for bed. While to her parents she is still a little girl, she longs for her independence. With nowhere for her thoughts to go but into her dreams, she sleeps, only to wake to something incredible lurking behind her bedroom wall — her shadow. Walls spin, darkness swallows the girl, and she’s off on a journey into Shadowland and searching for a way out. Thus begins Shadowland, a signature Pilobolus performance that celebrates the strange and wonderful power of the dark to show us who we are in unexpected and utterly thrilling ways.

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 10am Grades K-5 Painter and decorator by day, Mr. Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out! With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, action packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater's popular book is the perfect theatrical treat!

Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny

Friday, March 9, 2018 10am Grades Pre K-3 This production is an innovative double bill adaptation of Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd's beloved bedtime classics - Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Both tales feature endearing rabbit characters. Soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery never fail to infuse young readers with a reassuring sense of security and peace. Whimsical puppetry and evocative original music will bring a new sense of appreciation to stories that have delighted several generations.

Huck & Tom and The Mighty Mississippi

Monday, March 12, 2108 9:30 & 11:30am Grades 2-8 Huck & Tom and the Mighty Mississippi introduces the audience to the characters, setting, humor, and humanity of Mark Twain’s most famous novels: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Scenes from the novels form the basis of this footstompin’ musical play and introduce us to Huckleberry, Tom, Jim, Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, and all the residents and rapscallions of Hannibal, Missouri. Join them as they explore the majestic river that defined their lives, tested their souls, and carried their spirit into the heart of America.

PSO - Around the World with Music

Friday, April 13, 2018 9:30 & 11:30am Grades 3-12 Explore the marvelous diversity of the world through music! Learn how various cultures have contributed to the inspiring music that brings




the peoples of different countries together while celebrating their individual treasured heritages. The Carson Center is pleased to present this special performance of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra as part of the Class Acts Education Series.

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

Thursday, April 26, 2018 10am Grades Pre K-3 Bedtime is approaching and this team of construction vehicles needs to get some rest. But Crane Truck is getting cranky, Cement Mixer takes too long with bath time, and Dump Truck just isn't sleepy! Excavator and Bulldozer find that preparing for bed is a job in itself! Will they ever get some shut-eye before tomorrow's day of work? A world premiere musical based upon the best-selling book! All of the 2017-2018 shows within the Class Acts Education Series season are chosen for both enrichment opportunities and for developmental creativity within the classroom. These live shows are intended to both educate and entertain students from Pre-K through 12th grade. Schools and home-school groups can make reservations for the season now! Please visit, or call 270.443.9932 x212 for reservations. Individuals can purchase tickets at the Carson Center Box Office two weeks prior to the desired performance date. All questions regarding shows or workshops can be answered by Mary Katz, Director of Education, and


by Amy Noles

An Eclipse Party to Remember


re you excited to see the 2017 total solar eclipse? The event, which will take place on August 21, 2017, is going to be one of the most spectacular and widely accessible solar shows of our lifetime. What makes this event such a big deal is that it's the first total solar eclipse to occur within the contiguous United States since February 26, 1979. And unlike the 1979 total eclipse (which was seen only by few people due to its path and the grim weather that day), the 2017 eclipse will stretch across the entire North American continent from the Pacific Coast of Oregon to the Atlantic Coast of South Carolina. Where will you be on August 21, 2017? Hopefully, you are planning to attend the WKCTC Night At Noon event featured in this issue, or you may be throwing or attending your own party! Whichever route you take, here are a few tips and ideas to make the most of your experience.

Eclipse Themed Tunes & Food

Put together an eclipse-themed music playlist. Here's a few to get you started: Moon Shadow by Cat Stevens, Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler, Eclipse by Pink Floyd, Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers, Moon Dance by Van Morrison, Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden, or Yellow Moon by Pearl Jam. No party is actually a party without food and beverages. Think, sundried goodies, Sun Chips, Sun Drop, Blue Moon Beer, Moon Pies; the possibilities are endless!

Themed Activities for Safe Viewing

Prepare a variety of activities for your attendees. You can often find great activities and materials at local clubs, schools, and museums. Eclipse activities often include storytelling and/or arts and crafts. You can even have party-goers help to make their own device to view the eclipse safely. Except during totality, we never look at the Sun. Have your guests get involved by making a pinhole camera. It can be as simple as two pieces of paper with a tiny hole in one of them. (Try to make the hole as round as you can, perhaps with a pin or a sharp pencil.) Line up the two pieces with the Sun so the one with the hole is closest to it. The pinhole will produce a tiny image, which you’ll want to have land on the other piece of paper. Moving the two pieces farther apart will enlarge the Sun’s image but will also lessen its brightness. Work out a good compromise. If you aren’t going to have partygoers make their own, you will want to have special eclipse glasses for viewing any partial eclipses. (Or if you want to go for a more eccentric look, you can also use a welder's mask.) In any case, make sure you have plenty of extras to hand out in case people don't bring their own.




Make It Competitive

Hosting a contest can also be a great way to get people excited about your launch party. You can announce the winners at your party, and offer a small prize as an incentive to people if you so choose. Here are a few potential ideas for contests: Best Decorated Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses, Best Poem About Eclipse Themes, Best Edible Model Design, or Most Creative Diorama. You can also find lots more recommended activities online at

even if it means moving your party or yourself thirty, or more, minutes out of your way to a new spot. If all else fails, you can always watch a live stream online, though it might take some of the novelty out of the experience. These two web sites will be living streaming the eclipse: and

Put Down the Camera


In our social media-obsessed world, you may feel tempted to snap and share some photos during the solar eclipse, but let me dash your hopes here and now by saying you're almost certainly going to regret it. Those two minutes of totality will be over before you know it, so don't waste your time fiddling with the settings on your camera and staring at the event through a viewfinder.

As for decorating your abode, think light and dark. Decorate half your room is yellow, orange, and white, then add all dark tones to the other half. If your party is outdoors, then hang yellow or orange Halloween lights while leaving the other side bare.

Besides, there will be plenty of other professional photographers out there documenting the event with careful precision and years of expertise, so don't fret about not having a visual reminder of the eclipse. And if you happen to be one of those pro photographers who wants to take a stab at capturing it anyway, consider setting up a timer or rigging up a time-lapse so you can enjoy the experience sans electronic devices.

Want to provide hand-outs for your guests with little-known eclipse facts or make posters to put up at your party? Visit eclipse2017.nasa. gov/downloadables for a wide variety of downloadable and printable resources.

This eclipse is a once in a lifetime event...have fun with it. Insist that all your party-goers wear sunglasses in the house! Play Corey Hart's I Wear My Sunglasses At Night as your guests enter.

Cloudy Day? Stream It Live!

So, you've planned your party and sent out invitations, but as you settle in with your protective glasses, you suddenly notice stormy clouds forming in the distance. Oh no! This is why it's so important to check the weather forecast in the days and hours leading up to the event. If it looks like clouds will be dominating your view during the eclipse, try to have a back-up plan —




Don't Worry If You Won't Be Able To See It This Time Around

For most people, this is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but that doesn't mean you'll never have another opportunity to see a total solar eclipse. And it definitely doesn't mean you can't appreciate this one from afar. There will be live streams of the event available online, and of course, the Internet will be filled with replays and recaps. And if that doesn't make you feel better, then start making your party plans for the country's next total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.


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