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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

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Our February issue is packed with great stuff including an article on culinary camouflage – getting kids to eat their veggies (page 17), Paducah Empty Bowls project (page 9), The One Book Read (page 15), and much more. We’ve got a great new writer on staff, Will Brandon, who’s delved into the latest shopping craze - subscription boxes. He’s secured an exclusive code for readers to try a Winston Box. Intrigued? Check out the story on page 47. We wish you a safe and prosperous February – hopefully without the flu and too much snow.

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Purchase Area Family is a community magazine and our mission is to promote events, organizations and people that make our community better and stronger. I don’t think anything tests the strength of a community in the way a mass shooting such as this does. It’s not easily understood or explained. It’s hard for many of us to fathom what drives a young person to such extreme behavior. We can try to forgive, and we can help those affected to overcome this trauma, and create something positive from it. We know the whole community is affected by these events we are shocked and saddened.

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sick from the flu and then snow-mageddon hit. After a week of no school and freezing temperatures even the sledding got old! And then these small hardships were eclipsed by the tragedy at Marshall County High School.

What we can learn from this event, and others like it, is the need to communicate. Talk to your children about where they can go, and who they can talk to when they are angry, sad, upset, frustrated or confused. Have a discussion with your spouse and family about what they should do if they see a friend or acquaintance having a hard time. Whether it’s at your place of work, your church or your neighborhood, we can all make a difference. Our community needs to come together and prevent these tragedies from happening again. We cannot stand on the sideline – we must become involved.

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anuary was a hard month for our region. If started out with just about everyone getting

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MainStage School of Performing Arts: Where Children Learn to Shine ..................................................... 6 iSupport: Paducah Empty Bowls Project ......................................... 9 iLearn: Paducah Citizen’s Academy Your Passport to City Government .................................................. 11

iShop: What’s In the Box?

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iLearn: Sprocket - A Makerspace for Paducah ......................... 4 9 iLove It: Freezin’ for a Reason! 2018 Western KY Polar Plunge

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iPlay: An Evening of John Williams & Friends ............................... 13

iParent: Teen Dating How Young Is Too Young? .............................................................. 54

iRead: Join the 10th Anniversary of One Book Read ............ 15

iDoctor: Overuse Injuries in Youth Athletes ......................... 56

iCook: Eat Your Veggies! The Art of Culinary Camouflage .......................................................... 17

Advertiser's Index ........................................................................................ 57

February Calendar & Community Directory ........................... 2 1

Clip & Save ....................................................................................................... 58

iSupport: Mardi Gras & All That Jazz ................................ 4 5 iListWesternKentucky.com

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Where Children Learn to Shine

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ainStage School of Performing Arts is getting ready to perform the Disney musical Tarzan at their MainStage Theatre. This is the latest in a long line of successful productions which showcases the skills and talents of their students. On our cover this month are the two leading cast members of this iconic story: Tarzan is played by Mark Taylor and Jane by Laney Yancy. Tickets for Tarzan will go on sale soon, so call and reserve your seats. The MainStage Theatre located on Adams Street in Paducah (at the back of the HIPP Building), holds just under 100 people per performance. The show, which is the full length Broadway production with music by Phil Collins, is sure to sell out!

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Meet Ms. Megan!

The powerhouse behind MainStage are the mother and daughter team of Megan and Wheeler Hughes. Ms. Megan, as her students call her, has always loved the performing arts. She’s the daughter of Dr. Ben Bradford, one of the founders of the Market House Theatre in Paducah. Megan grew up on and around the stage. “Every family vacation we listened to the songs from musicals in the car,” Hughes told me. “Until I had my own car I didn’t know what the Top 40 was!” Megan has over 30 years of teaching the performing arts. “I stopped counting the shows I’ve directed at number 50,” she told me. “I’ve taught adult and children’s choir, drama, art and music primarily at Community Christian Academy.” Megan directed several musicals


there including a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. “I had every kid from the baseball team on that stage,” she said with a smile. Meghan’s dream was to share her love of theater with as many kids as possible. After a year working with another performing arts school in Paducah she opened MainStage in 2013. “Our first production was Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.,” she noted. “We had about 30 children back then. Now we’ve grown to over 100 young people and last year we opened our own theater” MainStage production have included such well-known shows as, The Music Man, Jr., Peter Pan, 101 Dalmatians, Kids, Hairspray, Jr., The Wizard of Oz, Little Shop of Horrors, Into the Woods and The Jungle Book, Kids. Many of our readers will remember their beautiful magazine cover last year that featured the musical Cats.

Dance Director, Wheeler Hughes

Megan’s daughter, Wheeler, is the dance director and MainStage choreographer. She is also the McCracken County High School dance teacher, dance team coach and musical choreographer. A Tilghman High School alumni, Wheeler is an honors graduate from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a nationally award winning choreographer. Her resume includes music videos and company performances at several NYC venues. Wheelers dance program fosters a student’s ability to work with others and develop a greater sense of trust and cooperation. She teaches her students not only skills and technique, but to communicate nonverbally with their bodies through movement. Since dance is a vital third leg in a musical, performance is included in her classes.

What MainStage Offers

As a performing arts school, MainStage offers classes in drama, improv, musical theatre, voice, a cappella voice, tap, ballet, jazz, hiphop, and musical theatre to children ages 3-18. Students learn theater from soup to nuts - including make-up, set design and construction, sound, lighting and props. “Our current students come from western Kentucky and southern Illinois and over 50% are from families of educators”, Megan told me. “We feel that’s a pretty powerful endorsement. Teachers know the importance of putting your best foot forward in preparation for life. We want all our MainStage students to greet each of life’s audition moments with grace, confidence, and joy.” MainStage students have been accepted to The Governor’s School of the Arts, and the Gifted and Talented program in voice, speech, drama, and dance. The school also offers private audition coaching and MainStage students have been accepted into prestigious college drama programs.

The MainStage Family

“We work to create a community of artists, a home, and a family,” said Megan. “We learn their strengths, weaknesses and differences. We tap into their skills to create powerful, dynamic, passionate shows. At MainStage we teach that excellence is achieved through hard work

and dedication. We believe that combination is a perfect preparation for a successful and happy life.” MainStage is a family affair and parents often find themselves getting involved. Elaine Farris has two children at the school. Anna Lynn is in 4th grade at Lone Oak Intermediate, and Erin is in 7th grade at Lone Oak Middle. Lynn, who’s been a student at MainStage for the past five years, is playing Young Tarzan. “I help with costumes and working on the sets - there’s always something to do backstage,” Farris told me. “I love how the big kids take care of the little ones at MainStage. In Anna Lynn’s first production, one of the students wrote every member of the cast a personal note. On the last night of another show, Elf, all the high school kids at MainStage came to watch the show. It’s really a family here.” “You wouldn’t believe it watching her playing an ape on stage, but my oldest was really quiet,” Farris explained. “Last year she joined Speech

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Mark Taylor, a sophomore at Tilghman High School. He is playing the lead in Tarzan. He’s a gifted student who enjoys studying art and music. He’s a member of the a cappella group Prime Rib, the school choir and the prestigious KMEA All State choir. Mark has attended the Governor’s School for the Arts for both theater and choral, and participates in Stompin’ For A Cure. He also won third place in the Cocoa-Cola Talent Classic at last year’s Kentucky State Fair!

and Debate at school and everyone was amazed at her confidence. "Both girls have shown significant improvement in their reading and writing skills, and physical coordination - being MainStage students has helped their creativity. They have really increased self-confidence.” CiJa Frazier brings her daughter Adelyn, a 1st grade student at Reidland Elementary, to MainStage. “She had a friend who took dance lessons here and started going to class with her about a year and a half ago,” explained Frazier. “I have no background in stage, dance or anything like this. I was a girl who played softball, so this is a whole new world!” “Adelyn just loves MainStage - I can't keep her away! She was a super shy child. When she first tried out for cheerleading, she hid in the back row. Now she's in the front and volunteering in class. She would never have done that a year ago! This place has just made her bloom – all the kids feel as if it’s a second home. I’ve never seen a group of kids take such good care of each other. No one is an outsider here.”

Empowered For Life

Through classes and shows, MainStage students learn to shine on stage and off. “Auditioning is something we do throughout our lives,” explained Megan. “We want to be chosen, to be considered, to be appreciated. I know that through the performance arts, children are empowered with the self-esteem and confidence to be successful in whatever they choose to do.” Megan loves to see former and current students use the lessons and skills they have learned from classes and shows. “I know firsthand that the theatre arts (voice, drama, and dance) create more self-confident, compassionate, and smarter kids,” she told me. “They learn to creatively solve problems, increase their attention span, listen better and they become more resilient. MainStage literally gives some of our students a voice. Here they find tolerance, patience, and to be selfaware. They also learn to be fearless.”

Finding a Home

All these kids at MainStage love theater and dance, but they’re also engaged in many things in high school. A good example of this is

“I’ve been a part of MainStage since 6th grade,” Mark told me. Megan visited my Paducah Middle school choir class recruiting students to be in Hairspray. I had loved the musical when I saw it on TV so I auditioned. I could sing but dancing was hard at first. I felt awkward. But once you get through the dance boundary, and realize you can move and sing simultaneously, its fun! Since then I’ve had several lead roles at both MainStage and at school. I feel that Megan and Wheeler have found the perfect balance between teacher and friend. They have really good communication styles and maintain a strong learning environment.” Laney Yancy, a senior at McCracken County HS, is enjoying the role of Jane in Tarzan. “I met Megan through the Gifted and Talented Program at my school,” Laney told me. I have always loved theater, but I really started getting something out of it when I was in 13, The Musical – I was in 8th grade at that point. Not all adults have the generosity and empathy that Megan and Wheeler show the kids here - they care deeply. They relate to their students and that makes it easy to trust them and learn from them. I’m never afraid to make a choice. They will steer and guide us but they always respect our input. It’s a wonderful mix of collaboration and mutual respect. Everyone at MainStage has a connection to each other – from the littlest kid to the newest student. It’s an environment that inspires confidence.

Shows, Field Trips & Camps!

MainStage stages four productions a year. Along with Tarzan, the 2017/18 season included Into The Woods and Elf Jr. There is also an annual Year End Revue each May which is performed at the McCracken County HS Theatre. The 2018 MainStage summer programming includes a day camp and culminates in a production of the show Aladdin. Megan organizes field trips to TPAC in Nashville and the Fox Theater in St. Louis. They also go to touring shows at the Carson Center. This year will include a trip to see Waitress at TPAC in June. Whether your child is already hooked on the performing arts or is just considering dipping their toes into it, MainStage welcomes them. “To watch children blossom is the most gratifying thing in the world,” Megan told me. “Nothing gives me chills like seeing a child thrive and grow as part of the MainStage family.” MainStage School of Performing Arts is located at 164, South 31st Street, in Paducah. To find out more about MainStage visit MyMainStageSchool.com or call 270.558.4249. Registration for classes and camps is ongoing.

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Paducah Empty Bowls Project

aving food to eat is a basic human right, but many people in the U.S. do not know where their next meal will come from. That’s why, each year since 2009, The Empty Bowls Project of Paducah has organized an event to benefit the Community Kitchen and raise awareness about hunger in America and hunger in Paducah.

A Simple Gesture

The Empty Bowls Project was started in the early 1990’s by a high school art teacher from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. John Hartom and his students made 120 bowls and invited the school’s personnel to the cafeteria for soup and bread. John and his wife, Lisa Blackburn, discussed the problem of hunger with their guests, and invited them to keep the crafted bowls as a reminder of those doing without. From that gesture sprung a movement that has spread to an international level and that has raised thousands of dollars for charities every year. The Empty Bowls Project brings artists and charities together to wage war on hunger. Michael Terra is a local artist, owner of Terra Cottage Ceramics, and the organizer of the Paducah Empty Bowls Project. “On an international level The Empty Bowls Project is a grassroots fundraiser,” Terra told me. “On a local level, each community has to

decide for itself what their Empty Bowls Project will look like, as long as it meets two criteria. It must feature all homemade bowls, and all proceeds must go to support local hunger issues.” “Some projects choose to sponsor free school lunches, ensuring that every child has at least one good meal a day, while others may support food pantries in their areas. The Paducah Empty Bowls donates to the Community Kitchen. Since the project came to Paducah in 2009, it has donated around $150,000 to the Community Kitchen. Last year, the event raised around $20,000.”

The Main Event

The annual Empty Bowls Project brings the community together to fight hunger, share fellowship, and enjoy local artistry. This year the Empty Bowls Project will be held at Julian Carroll Convention Center, 415 Park Street in Paducah, on Saturday, February 24. Ticket sales begin at 11am, doors upstairs will open at 11:30am and the event will run through 2pm. But get there early - there is usually a line to get in. Tickets are available at the door for a minimum of $15, but since all proceeds go to support the fight against hunger, larger donations towards tickets are appreciated. For more information on the Empty Bowls Project of Paducah, visit facebook.com/emptybowlspaducah.

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Choose, Use & Keep Your Bowl

Once you’ve purchased your ticket and entered the event, you can choose from one of over 1,700 bowls on display. About 1,000 of those bowls are made at Terra Cottage Ceramics by Terra and volunteers. The other bowls are made at Paducah School of Art and Design and donated by local artists. This year students from local schools hope to donate over 100 bowls of their own to the project. The event is supported by many local restaurants, caterers, businesses associated with food. They donate their tasty their fare to the event and serve it to the guests. Those attending will be able to fill up their bowl, buffet style, with whatever food they enjoy. Tables will be set up for fellowship.

At previous Empty Bowls of Paducah events guests have dined on food from Olive Garden, Backwoods BBQ, Panera Bread, and Chick-Fil-A to name a few of the 17 local businesses who donate their culinary talent. When the event is over the bowl you selected is yours to keep as a great addition to your home.

Silent Auction

The event also features a silent auction featuring larger and more extravagant bowls. Not only will all proceeds go to the Community Kitchen, but the auction allows people to purchase amazing local pottery for their homes.

“An Amazing Celebration” Paducah’s Community Kitchen is the area’s only free kitchen to serve the community. Their mission is to share “the love and compassion of Jesus Christ one plate at a time.” The ministry provides a warming center - open 24/7, laundry, and grooming spaces. When the kitchen opened in 2007, they served 30 meals a week. They now serve over 1,000 meals every week - a total of over 70,000 meals for the year! The Community Kitchen is located at 1237 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Paducah and is open 11am1pm, Monday through Friday. For more information, visit paducahcommunitykitchen.org.

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“This is a project that doesn’t have a giant underwriter,” explained Terra. “It doesn’t have a large sponsor writing a big check. This is an amazing community event that is completely accomplished with no government support. It’s a celebration of an compassionate community and that community’s ability to care for its most vulnerable members.”

Be Involved

There are many ways to get involved with The Empty Bowls Project. Local artists are encouraged to donate their pottery, either for the main event, or for the silent auction. The project accepts and encourages year-round donations. The Empty Bowls Project of Paducah holds many Throw-A-Thon events throughout the year. These events are a way for community members to come together and throw a bowl, whether or not they have previous experience. The events are updated frequently on their Facebook page @emptybowlspaducah and are usually held at the Paducah School of Art & Design. Other ways to be involved include flexible volunteering at the Community Kitchen to serve food.

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Paducah Citizens’ Academy Your Passport to City Government

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he City of Paducah is launching its 2nd annual Paducah Citizens’ Academy - Your Passport to City Government. The academy is similar in structure to the highly successful Citizens’ Police Academy offered through the Paducah Police Department. The Paducah Citizens’ Academy will offer participants an in-depth look at how government works through an informative, fast-paced, and interactive program. The program is free. The Academy is an exciting initiative that will create new connections between citizens and their city government. As a professionallymanaged city government, Paducah values citizen interactions and participation. Even though Paducah offers a variety of tools, from the website to social media, for citizens to correspond with the City,

public officials know that face-to-face interactions are the best way to engage the public. Assistant to the City Manager Michelle Smolen is the coordinator of the Academy. “The Paducah Citizens’ Academy creates an opportunity for participants to meet and discuss city operations with the City Manager, Directors, and staff,” explained Smolen. “We are passionate about serving the community and want to share how the city organization works.” “The Academy connects participants to their local government through interactive sessions with City officials and managers,” Smolen told me. “They will learn about the inner workings of city government first hand. Participants also have the opportunity to go on public safety ride-alongs, learn about the floodwall, and take tours of city facilities.” In 2017, the sessions were held at night, but after receiving feedback from the participants, organizers decided to hold them on afternoons this year. Beginning in late March, the Academy will be held on Thursdays, in various city buildings, from 3-5:30pm. The sessions will end in May. Participants must attend seven of the eight sessions to graduate. A ceremony will be held during a meeting of the Paducah Board of Commissioners on May 22 for those who complete the program. Class size is limited. Individuals 16 years of age and older who live, work, or attend school in Paducah-McCracken County are encouraged to apply. Paducah residents Jay Downs Siska and Char Downs attended last year’s academy. Siska and Downs own Pinecone Art Agency and

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Pincone Retreat which houses an art gallery and studio. Downs is also the lead artist for the Paducah Quilt Mural Project where Siska is the Project Administrator. Both are former teachers. Siska and Downs wanted to attend the academy to find out more about where they live. “The academy helped answer the question of Where is my money going?” Siska told me. “If you’re paying taxes in the city, you should attend this academy. There are enormous projects going on in our city.”

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Session 1: March 22 City Hall Form & Function of City Government Session 2: March 29 Fire Station 1 Fire Department Session 3: April 12 EPW Facility & Trolley Tour Engineering: Public Works Session 4: April 19 Parks & Recreation Department Session 5: April 26 City Hall Planning & Community Development Session 6: May 3 City Hall & Allie Morgan Communication Center Geographic Information Systems & E911 Session 7: May 10 Police Headquarters Police Department Session 8: May 17 City Hall Finance & Budget Session 9: May 22 (Tuesday) Graduation at City Commission Meeting

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Downs added that this academy is the perfect fit for anyone. “Whether you’re a lay person or business person, it’s important to know how government works,” Downs added. Downs favorite part was climbing the 100-150 foot ladder on the fire truck! “It was dark outside, but I really wanted to do it,” Downs proudly told me. “I was suited up with all the equipment. I went to the very top and then back down again. It was a beautiful sight.” Siska enjoyed a lot of the tours and programs. “The tours of all the facilities were amazing,” he said. “The engineering department took us on a tour of the flood wall, even to the pump stations. We got to go inside one of the pump stations and meet the man keeping everything going. Then we visited the shop where all the City vehicles, from fire trucks, to garbage trucks, to police cruisers, are serviced. It was so awesome to see how all these vehicles are maintained so effectively and efficiently.” Siska was very impressed with all the staff. “There are such quality people working in Paducah,” he said. “The level of professionalism was exciting to see. We spent three hours with the finance department. They showed us the budget. I even found out that Paducah has won national awards for their budget management. That’s pretty cool.” “The folks from Parks and Recreation were so pumped about their jobs… you could tell that they took real pride in all their work. It was exciting to see how they explained their job and were very invested in their positions. Their joy was infectious!” If you are interested in taking part in this year’s Paducah Citizens Academy, please complete the registration form at Paducahky.gov or contact Michelle Smolen, Assistant to the City Manager, via email at msmolen@paducahky.gov or by calling 270.538.9827.

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John Williams & Friends

aducah is a hub for the arts and culture. For almost 50 years, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra has continued to raise the bar for classical music in the area. This year’s concert series includes An Evening of John Williams & Friends. John Williams has a career spanning over six decades. He has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history. The concert, which will be held on February 17 at the Carson Center, will feature music from a selection of classic films including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Schindler’s List, and Raiders of the Lost Ark, among many others. Although the concert is built around the works of Williams, the orchestra will also play scores by his contemporaries, from films such as The Last Samurai, and Spiderman. Maestro Raffaele Ponti conducts the scores from your favorite films in an experience the whole family will enjoy. This is not the first time the symphony has held a Hollywood themed concert. Several years ago they held a similar event which was a huge hit with symphony supporters, classical music aficionados, and film buffs alike. ”Classical music is all around you, every day, but you may not realize it,” said Morgan Walker, Operations Manager at PSO. “Orchestral music plays a major role in many films even when you don’t notice it. This concert is designed to celebrate not only the music of the iconic John Williams, but spotlight the significant impact that orchestral music has on film.” The PSO hopes that this concert will enhance the cinema-going experience of patrons and that they will have a new appreciation of the scores from their favorite movies.

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Ticket Information

The concert will be held Saturday, February 17 at 7:30pm at the Carson Center in Paducah. Tickets are $21, $38, $48. College students with an ID pay only $10. K-12 student tickets are free to this concert in limited quantities. Tickets are available now at paducahsymphony.org. Please contact the PSO office at 270.444.0065 for more information.

Costume Contest

Freight House restaurant in downtown Paducah proudly supports the arts. They are excited to be participating in An Evening of John Williams & Friends. The restaurant is hosting a costume contest and offering a special themed prix fixe menu that evening - both pre and post-performance. (The regular menu will also be available.) Concertgoers and restaurant patrons are encouraged to dress as their favorite character from a Williams-scored film. Maestro Ponti, the PSO’s Artistic Director and Conductor, will assist with judging the contest after the show’s conclusion. The winner will receive a gift certificate to the restaurant.

Maiden Alley Cinema Movie Showing

Maiden Alley Cinema will host a movie night related to the orchestra. More details will develop. Keep in touch at maidenalleycinema.com.

Paducah Symphony Orchestra

Since 1979, the PSO has provided the highest quality orchestral

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and choral music to area residents and employment to professional musicians in western Kentucky. The mission of the PSO is to bring the rewards of great music to a growing and diverse regional audience. The PSO, the Carson Center Orchestra-in-Residence, encompasses a wide range of ensembles, including the Professional Orchestra, adult Symphony Chorus, multi-county Youth and Children’s Chorus, and Music Education Program.

Composer John Williams

Movies like Star Wars and Spiderman are household favorites around the world. What makes these movies great is the award-winning music conducted behind the scenes by John Williams. Williams most popular and well-known films include Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman: The Movie, E.T. the ExtraTerrestrial, the Indiana Jones series, Schindler’s List, and the first three Harry Potter films. He also conducted the theme music for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, “The Mission” theme used by NBC News, the television series Lost in Space and Land of the Giants. Williams has received 23 Grammy Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Academy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. With 50 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the second mostnominated individual, after Walt Disney.

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by Sarah Ladd

Join the 10th Anniversary of One Book Read!

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he One City, One Book programs take the idea of a localized book discussion club and expands it to cover a whole city or region. The idea began in 1998 with a program at Seattle Public Library’s Washington Center for the Book. It was called If All of Seattle Read the Same Book. Other cities copied the idea and now hundreds of similar projects exist throughout the US.

The story revolves around 11-year-old Julia, who on top of the catastrophic events that take place with the slowing, has to also deal with her own personal world: Her parents are divided. Her friends exhibit strange behavior. She experiences the pain and vulnerability of first love, and a growing sense of isolation. But, through it all she finds a surprising, rebellious new strength.

In 2008, West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) started their One Book Read project and it has united the community in reading a common book every year since. It was Todd Birdsong, Technical Director at WKCTC’s Clemens Fine Arts Center, who suggested bringing Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys, to campus as a speaker. Because of the subject of the book, the Clemens staff collaborated with the Challenger Learning Center director, Mellisa Duncan, (who is now the One Book Read Committee Co-Chair). She proposed starting a common reading program at the College and the One Book Read has continued ever since. The program celebrates its 10th anniversary with the New York Times Bestseller The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.

”This is the perfect book for our 10 year anniversary,” said Amy Sullivan, WKCTC One Book Read committee co-chair. “We’ve heard so many amazing comments from its tie-in to the total solar eclipse of 2017 to the idea that this could really happen in the future.”

The One Book Read kicks off as soon students begin the school year at the WKCTC and begin reading the chosen book in their English classes. The One Book committee hosts book discussions, essay and art contests, and other events throughout the fall and winter. They are designed to increase community participation and generate interest in the book prior to the author’s visit in the spring. The program promotes literacy, curiosity and discussion across many diverse groups.

The Age of Miracles

In this years book, The Age of Miracles, the rotation of the Earth that has begun to slow. This makes the days and nights grow longer and longer, disrupting everyone and everything. Gravity is affected; the birds, the tides, human behavior, and cosmic rhythms are thrown into disarray. Crops begin to fail, the oceans rise, and there is talk about the end of the world with the possibility of having to relocate to another planet.

S o c i a l Media Contests

The events surrounding the One Book Read usually include a competition for students. This added incentive to read the featured books always has exciting results. This year, there is a social media contest and a photo contest open to the entire community. The social media contest opened in January. To enter, just upload an original photo, collage, or digital image to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter that represents your vision of this years book, The Age of Miracles. Use the hashtags #onebookread, #tenthanniversary, and #wkctc to your post. Once the post is uploaded, send an email to wkonebokread@kctcs.edu to be entered into the contest.

Winners will be chosen based on the post’s creativity and the number of likes, shares, retweets, etc., that it receives. The first-place winner will receive $50, the second-place prize is $25, and third place will receive $15.

Photo Contest

There is a photo contest being held in conjunction with The Age of Miracles. It is free to enter and open to the public. Photographers may create a scene from the book or an image that portrays the books themes. The competition is ended by Paducah School of Art & Design (PSAD) and Clemens Fine Arts Center.

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through Thursday, 11am - 4pm. An exhibition of all submitted works will open in the Clemens Gallery March 8. and continue until March 23. Entry forms, contest details, loan agreement and One Book Read information are available at onebookread.com. Winners will receive $100 for first-place, $75 for second, and $50 for third. Winners will be announced during the author’s opening reception.

Author Visit

To round off each One Book Read selection, the author, Karen Thompson, Walker, will visit WKCTC and share the book with the community on March 13 and 14. An Opening Reception will be held at 6pm on Tuesday, March 13 in the Student Center on WKCTC’s campus. Walker will make a presentation to the public at 7pm in the Clemens Theatre. The night will end with a book signing in Clemens Gallery at 8:15pm. On Wednesday, March 14, at 11am in Clemens Theatre, there will be a student presentation. All events leading up to the author visit will appear on this website, onebookread.com. “We welcome photographers of all skill levels to enter the contest,“ said Paul Aho, PSAD director. “We hope to see both traditional and nontraditional photo entries, and encourage everyone to start developing their ideas for their photos now. In addition to the annual photo contest, this year we will also include ten photos selected from a One Book Read social media contest.”

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.

Entries will be accepted February 27-28 at the Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery on the WKCTC campus. Gallery hours are Monday

Author Karen Thompson Walker

Karen Thompson Walker was born and raised in San Diego, California, where The Age of Miracles is set. She studied English and creative writing at University of California Los Angeles, where she wrote for the UCLA paper, the Daily Bruin. After college, she worked as a newspaper reporter in the San Diego area before moving to New York City to attend Columbia University where she studied for a Masters Degree in Fine Arts. A former book editor at the publishing house Simon & Schuster, she wrote The Age of Miracles in the mornings before work - sometimes while riding the subway. She received the 2011 Sirenland Fellowship as well as a Bomb Magazine fiction prize. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband. 

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Eat Your Veggies! The Art of Culinary Camouflage

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lmost every parent has faced the same dilemma - how do you get your child, or children, to eat more vegetables? My answer to that is “culinary camouflage”. Having cooked for many years, I’m always amazed at the amount of vegetables that are used to flavor dishes, especially sauces and soups. You would also be surprised at the amount of vegetables you can add to a pizza, hide in a lasagna, add to a smoothie or put into chili so that your picky eater will get their vegetables. Get creative people!

Soup’s On

Many soups and stews start with a vegetable base that generally contain carrots, celery, or onions. Some even have all three and are the building blocks of flavor. Depending on the type of soup you are preparing, you may have a literal cornucopia of vegetables in that pot. Chili is another place that vegetables may be hidden, even butternut squash. The squash adds a creamy texture and is a great addition to chili It is also a source of Vitamins A and C, as well as potassium. Homemade marinara sauce starts with carrots, celery and onions not to mention the tomatoes and garlic. You can boost the veggie content by adding some finely chopped kale or spinach. All these vegetables will get pureed when the sauce is ready effectively hiding them from your picky eater. You can use that sauce for pizza, spaghetti, lasagna or eggplant parmesan.

Pizza With A Health Kick

What child doesn’t like pizza? You can hide a plethora of vegetables in a pizza especially if you chop them up. Broccoli, kale, spinach or scallions (aka green onions) can all be hidden with a little tomato sauce and a bit of cheese. You may also get your tike to eat a few bell peppers if you cut them up into small pieces. I would recommend making your own pizza at home. It’s surprisingly easy especially with pre-made crusts available at the grocery. A bit of homemade marinara (another place to hide some veggies), some lean meat like ground turkey or chicken (precooked) and low-fat

cheese and you have your pizza. This way you can control what the family eats and it will probably be cheaper than most carry out pizza pies.

Got Dip?

Another way to get your child to eat more vegetables is by adding dip or maybe salad dressing. A small container of low fat ranch dressing served with some carrot, bell pepper and celery sticks will make snack time much more enjoyable. Remember to keep things colorful by using red, yellow or orange bell peppers - also good sources Vitamins A and C.

My wife used to make lunch pizzas for the kids when they were little. Start with toasted whole wheat bread and spread a little tomato paste on it. Then add pepperoni slices, grated cheese, sliced mushrooms and finely chopped bell peppers. Sprinkle with a little Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Top off with grated Parmesan cheese and grill until everything is warm, and melted.

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Stir It Up

Can I Have Fries With That?

Introduce new and interesting vegetables to your family by stir frying them. Make a game of it and cook Chinese style. You could make it a learning experience and check out how to use chop sticks. A good stir-fry will have all or some of the following: Broccoli, carrots, water chestnuts, bok choy (Chinese cabbage), onions and mushrooms. Cut the pieces up small enough to use with the chopsticks and flavor with some sesame oil, soy sauce and a bit of hoisin or chili sauce if you like a little heat.

French fries aren’t the healthiest food in the world but why not use their popularity to your advantage. Make your fries out of sweet potatoes and increase your family’s intake of vitamins A, B5 and B6 as well as carotenoids, thiamin and niacin. I also like to make oven roasted “fries” with carrots and parsnips which complement almost any main course.

It’s Not Always Easy

When I was young, I wasn’t the biggest fan of vegetables. Green beans, pickles, potatoes, a bit of lettuce on my burger, and onions were about all I wanted to eat. As I got older, I realized that my mother also used some of the techniques I’ve covered in this article to get me to eat more vegetables - mainly in soups and stews. With a bit of imagination and a little time in the kitchen, you too and get your child to eat their veggies!

Puree It

A puree is a liquidized version of fruits or vegetables. I make a delicious puree of apple and parsnips that is served with pork chops. The tart apple and slightly sweet parsnip complement each other as well as the pork. Smoothies are also a great way to get vegetables into your youngsters. You can camouflage a lot of vegetables in a smoothie. Add some Kale to your next berry smoothie but careful not to turn it green by adding too much.

Marinara Sauce

makes about 6 cups

½ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 small onion chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 carrot chopped 64 oz of fresh tomatoes diced with juices 4 to 6 basil leaves, chopped fine 2 dry bay leaves Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (optional) In a large stock pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until soft and translucent about 2 minutes. Add the celery and carrot and season with salt and pepper. Sauté until all the vegetables are soft, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes, basil, and bay leaves and reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for at least 1 hour or until thick. Remove the bay leaves and taste for seasoning. If sauce is too acidic, add unsalted butter, 1 TBSP at a time, to round out the flavor. Process the sauce with a food processor, blender or immersion mixer until smooth. You may have to do this in batches. If not using the

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sauce right away, allow to cool completely and store in refrigerator for a few days or move to freezer bags and freeze for up to 6 months. Boost the vegetable content by adding some shredded kale or spinach; about a cup of either, after the tomatoes. You can also substitute a bit of vanilla to replace the butter if the sauce is too acidic. Cooking times will vary depending on how fine you chop the vegetables but allow simmering for at least an hour. If you don’t want tomato skins in your sauce, the tomatoes can be blanched or oven roasted while still whole to make for easier peeling.


Eggplant Parmesan 3 or 4 cups of marinara sauce 2 cups of dried bread crumbs ½ TBSP garlic powder ½ TBSP dried oregano 3 Eggs beaten ½ cup flour 2 LBS Eggplant peeled and cut into ½ inch thick segments Extra virgin olive oil Mozzarella or Italian blend of cheese Parmesan cheese Preheat oven to 375°F. In a shallow bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, garlic, and oregano. Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Dredge the eggplant in the flour, then the egg and finally the breadcrumb mixture. Place the coated eggplant in the pan and cook until golden brown. Cook as much eggplant at one time as you can fit into a single layer in you pan. Allow to drain on a paper towel. Cover the bottom of a baking dish with about 1 cup of the marinara sauce. Place cooked eggplant on top of the marinara sauce. Cover the eggplant with the remaining sauce. Top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Place the dish in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until the sauce is heated and the cheese melted. Broil to brown if you like. Makes 3 or 4 servings. Serve with some nice bread and possibly a green salad. Pair with a Zinfandel or a dry Italian wine. You can also make this meal a bit heartier by adding browned ground beef to your marinara essentially making it a Bolognese sauce.

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Oven Roasted Carrots & Parsnips

This recipe works best if you take the time to cut the sticks approximately the same size for the carrots and parsnips. Otherwise the thick ones will be undercooked and the smaller ones will be burnt. 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into sticks 5 or 6 Parsnips, peeled, cored and cut into sticks 2 or 3 TBSP Extra Virgin olive oil Kosher Salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 to 2 tsp of dried thyme leaves Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place the carrot and parsnip sticks in a large bowl and toss with the olive oil. Spread them out on a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle evenly with salt, pepper and thyme. Place in oven and bake about 12 minutes. Turn the sticks over with a spatula and bake for another 12 to 14 minutes. Vegetables should have texture like that of oven baked French fries.

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FREE Heart Photo Magnet Making 4-5pm Metropolis Public Library metropolispubliclibrary.com 618.524.4312 Make decoupage photo magnets. Bring pictures to photo copy or you can print them off on the computer.

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Go Red for Women Healthy Heart Luncheon 11am-1:30pm Walker Hall Events Center westkentucky.kctcs.edu/student_life/diversity_and_inclusion 270.534.3109 Focusing on three areas to support the fight against heart disease in women: heightening awareness of the issue, creating a passionate call-to-action, & generating funds to support education & research. FREE Valentine’s Day Wreath Craft 2-4pm McCracken Co. Public Library mclib.net 270.442.2510 Make a fun Valentine’s Day wreath craft with ribbons. All supplies will be provided.

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A Campus Collaborative to Address Sexual Violence 11am-12:30pm Crounse Hall, Room 101 westkentucky.kctcs.edu/student_life/diversity_and_inclusion 270.534.3109 A presentation outlining the differences between campus investigations, criminal investigations & civil proceedings. Discussion on opportunities for further collaboration following presentation.

MSU Spring Nonprofit Connections Event 10am-2pm Large Ballroom, Curris Center, MSU murraystate.edu 270.809.3144 A great place for students & community members to talk with nonprofit leaders from over 50 organizations about community needs & volunteer opportunities.

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Paducah Tilghman Scholastic Chess Tournament Paducah Tilghman High School westkychess.com 270.933.8228 Open to all K-12 students with current USCF membership. $10 entry fee. West Kentucky Chess promotes chess through education, information, & competitive play. They focus

on chess education for scholastic level players (K-12) & assisting the region in growing the interest in the game of chess. West Kentucky Chess is an Affiliate with the United States Chess Federation & employs USCF certified tournament directors,  coaches, &  rated players to contribute their knowledge & expertise to the region.  They also provide more specific services in the community: chess events, learning the basics, & management of current programs. Their objective is to provide a fun & entertaining option for families & individuals through the game of chess.

4th Annual Puttin’ on the Mitz: Roaring 20’s Style 5:30-10pm Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center bentonwomansclub.org 270.994.6797 Proceeds benefiting the Marshall County Exceptional Center. Event includes a contest for the best dressed & 20’s dance. Luk Nichols Music 8-10pm Fancy Farms Winery & Vineyard fancyfarmvineyardandwinery.com 270.623.8787 Hometown boy with an old-time country flair.

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FREE Pedi’s & Palms 6pm Wildhair Studios’ Rock Shop nicerockshop.com 270.444.6115 Join in a night of pot luck, foot pampering & palm reading. FREE Prune Time: Tree & Shrub Care 5-6:30pm McCracken Co. Cooperative Extension mccrackenextension.org 270.554.9520 Learn from Kathy Wimberly, agent for horticulture, on proper pruning for trees & shrubs.

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FREE Being Aunt Jemima, The Pancake Queen 7-8pm McCracken Co. Public Library mclib.net 270.442.2510 Nancy Green became one of the first prosperous African American women in the U.S. Green was born enslaved in Montgomery County, Kentucky, in 1834. While in Kentucky she worked for the Walker family & moved with them to Chicago just after the Great Fire, in 1872. Eight years later, Nancy Green became Aunt Jemima. Playing the role of Aunt Jemima gave Green financial independence few African Americans & few women experienced at the time. She used her wealth as a means to empower her community.

A la carte Culinary Series with Chef Fletcher 6-9pm West Kentucky Community & Technical College westkentucky.kctcs.edu 270.534.3335 Chef Patrick Fletcher, a native of Paducah, is the nationally accredited culinary arts program coordinator at WKCTC. Come meet him, have fun & create fantastic meals. Register online or via phone.

MSU Men’s Basketball 7pm goracers.com MSU vs Austin Peay.

Paducah Freethinkers February Meeting 6:30-8:30pm Paducah Beer Werks paducahbeerwerks.com 270.933.1265 Join the Paducah Freethinkers for a good time.

FREE Arts & Crafts: Book Paper Folding 9:30-11am McCracken Co. Cooperative Extension mccrackenextension.org 270.554.9520 Come learn to make creations with folded book pages. This is a great way to take an old book & make vintage-inspired decorations for your home.

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Valentine’s Day Jewelry Trunk Show & Open House 11am-5pm Wildhair Studios’ Rock Shop nicerockshop.com 270.444.6115 Meet & greet Blessed Jewelry Designer, Susan K. Edwards, & check out the great selection of new designs, all infused with Divine Healing energy. Additionally, Kelly Colwell of Kelly’s Trinkets will have her spiritual handcrafted necklaces, bracelets & earrings on display. Refreshments & door prizes. Music by Christa-Lauran Hopper 7-9pm Fancy Farms Winery & Vineyard fancyfarmvineyardandwinery.com 270.623.8787 Enjoy a fresh new Comer to the winery, a good mix of music with a hometown gal.

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Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser 12-4pm CenterPoint Recovery Center @CenterPoint-Recovery-Center 270.444.6340 Enjoy a pancake breakfast & raffle. Proceeds benefit CenterPoint. Ready to Work/Work & Learn Financial Literacy Conference 10am-12pm McNabb Elementary School westkentucky.kctcs.edu/student_life/diversity_and_inclusion 270.534.3109 Workshops will focus on basic banking & budgeting, to assist individuals with identifying a manageable plan to reach their financial goals for long-term financial success. Participants will be encouraged to take a proactive approach in learning & making wise financial decisions regarding earning, spending & saving money.

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FREE Credit & Money Management Class 10am-12pm McCracken Co. Public Library mclib.net 270.442.2510 This course will teach you about establishing or increasing your credit score, creating a budget, how to read a credit report & what can be done to correct errors that may negatively affect your credit rating. Grandma’s Recipes Fundraiser 11am-2pm McNabb Elementary School paducah.kyschools.us 270.444.5750 Grandma’s Recipes is a fundraiser for The Hotel Metropolitan.

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Shorts & Stouts Discussions: Alice Walker 7-8pm McCracken Co. Public Library mclib.net 270.442.2510 Focusing on a pair of stories by Alice Walker: Everyday Use & The Flowers.

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FAT TUESDAY Intuitive Readings by Brandt Graves 12-4pm Wildhair Studios’ Rock Shop nicerockshop.com 270.444.6115 Brandt’s mission is to provide spiritual healing, guidance, & insight. Book early, he fills quickly. Music by “Teddy Bear” aka Donovan Woods 2-4pm Fancy Farms Winery & Vineyard fancyfarmvineyardandwinery.com 270.623.8787 Come enjoy the tunes! Tim Hawkins with Comedian Bob Smiley 2-4pm The Carson Center thecarsoncenter.org 270.450.4444 A night of comedy with Comedian Bob Smiley as the opening act.

Intuitive Readings by Michelle Embree 12-4pm Wildhair Studios’ Rock Shop nicerockshop.com 270.444.6115 Michelle is a skilled Oracle who has developed her skills as an Intuitive Reader & a healer of the mind/heart over the course of 15 years. She is proud to offer her ever-evolving services to those who seek a stronger inner compass & a story large enough to hold the great pains & deep joys of being human. Paducah Professional Women’s February Meeting 12-1pm Country Club of Paducah paducahprofessionalwomen.org 270.554.7914 Open networking begins at 11:30am before the meeting begins.

FREE Kids Craft Hour 3:30-4:30pm Metropolis Public Library metropolispubliclibrary.com 618.524.4312 Kids (ages 8 & up) will get a canvas to paint with a variety of paint colors, stencils, embellishments, etc. Please wear old clothes. Please register by February 3 to ensure there are enough supplies. West KY All-Stars 9u Travel Baseball Tryouts 7-8pm 2633 N. 10th Street, Paducah facebook.com/events/826948277467541 270.994.7247 The travel ball team is looking to add four new players to their roster. Most of the travel games will not be over an hour & a half drive. Team fundraising is a must, this is to help keep cost down for each player. $10 preregistration fee. Valentines Steak Dinner Fundraiser 7-8pm American Legion Post 306, Metropolis facebook.com/events/1946860735555167 618.524.2023 Enjoy a delicious steak dinner with a loved one. $15 tickets must be purchased before February 5. All proceeds benefit Supporting our Local Veterans. No refunds.

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. 

Father Daughter Dance 6-8pm Murray First United Methodist Church murrayfirst.com 270.753.3812 Purchase tickets before February 3rd &l be entered into a drawing for a gift basket.

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Lourdes Foundation’s Mardi Gras & All That Jazz 6pm Julian Carroll Convention Center foundation.mercy.com 270.415.3992 An evening of music, food, & fun to support Lourdes Foundation. Lew Jetton & 61 South will liven up the party with Blues & Southern Rock. Empaths. Yes, It’s Real. 6-7pm Wildhair Studios’ Rock Shop nicerockshop.com 270.444.6115 Are you affected by other people’s energies. This is one of our most popular classes. Make reservations early.

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The Illusionists 2-4pm The Carson Center thecarsoncenter.org 270.450.4444 This non-stop show is packed with thrilling & sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

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Mr. Molecule’s Bing, Bang, Boom! Science Show 9:30-11:30pm The Carson Center thecarsoncenter.org 270.450.4444 When Mr. Molecule unleashes the power & excitement of science – Bing, Bang, Boom! - he creates an explosion of learning that K-8 kids can’t resist.

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FREE Evening Upstairs: Reading & Book Signing with Acclaimed Author Crystal Wilkinson 7-8pm McCracken Co. Public Library mclib.net 270.442.2510 Crystal Wilkinson is a poet & fiction writer whose debut novel, The Birds of Opulence, received the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.

Intro to Tai Chi 12-4pm Wildhair Studios’ Rock Shop nicerockshop.com 270.444.6115 This class is a simple into to an ancient & gentle way to fight stress, & reduce stress & anxiety. Also helps increase flexibility & balance.


Colors & Symbols 12-4pm Wildhair Studios’ Rock Shop nicerockshop.com 270.444.6115 Explore the metaphysical of colors & symbols. Learn what colors to use for healing, energizing, or calming yourself & others. Practice with color meditation & running different colors through our energy system. Learn about different symbols of the religion, & ancient secret societies, as well as how to create your own color symbol. West Kentucky DHH Networking Dinner 5:30-7:30pm Snappy Tomato facebook.com/events/454927668238211 270.681.5412 Kentucky Hands & Voices will cover the cost for DHH children & their families. Note: All communication modalities are welcome & encouraged. Massac 4th-6th Grade Valentine’s Ball 5:30-7:30pm Metropolis Community Center cubscoutpack101.blogspot.com 618.524.8340 DJ, Dancing, Professional Photography, Concessions. Roses for your sweetheart. The event will be chaperoned by the parents of Cub Scout Pack 101. Parent or guardian must be available by phone in case of emergency. No drugs, alcohol, weapons, fighting or funny business allowed.

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Western KY Polar Plunge & Polar 5k 9am Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center westernkyplunge.com 270.293.9054 One of the biggest Special Olympics fundraisers of the year. A truly unique event & includes a fun, festive atmosphere with food & great prizes.

regular chores & are designed to come together without much fuss or ceremony. In this workshop we will learn three specific spells: Love, Prosperity, Protection. We will discuss basic magical tools & dress a protection candle to take home. Kentucky Lake Eagle Viewing Cruise 1:30-4:30pm Paris Landing State Park goracers.com 270.642.4311 Step on board the CQ Princess, a 96-foot luxury yacht, for a guided eagle viewing experience, while you relax in the comforts of its indoor heated cabin. Wraparound windows ensure good views from either inside or out on deck. Cruise down Kentucky Lake, & scan the shores for bald eagles. FREE No Sew Emoji Pillow Craft 3:30-4:30pm Metropolis Public Library metropolispubliclibrary.com 618.524.4312 Making no-sew pillows that can look like almost any emoji. For this craft, kids will use different fabrics & glues, fiber fill & some embellishments. This craft is intended for kids ages 10 & up. Graves Co. High School Sweetheart Serenade 7pm Graves Co. High School graves.kyschools.us 270.970.3416 This event will include performances from Graves High’s various bands, choirs, orchestras & drama, as well as light refreshments. In keeping with the Valentine’s season, the music features love songs. Paducah Symphony Orchestra:

Crystal Basics 10-11am Wildhair Studios’ Rock Shop nicerockshop.com 270.444.6115 Explore the folk lore & science behind healing crystals. Separate myth from fact & discover how & why crystals work. Learn how to select, cleanse & care for your crystals. Elk Bison Buffet & Artist Showcase 12-8pm Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park parks.ky.gov 270.362.4271 Enjoy a unique meal including roasted steamship of bison, elk meatloaf, slow-roasted wild boar, bison taco pie, spicy duck stir fry, & more in the Light Harbor Restaurant. Local artists will be exhibiting crafts such as woodworking, leatherworking, furniture making, jewelry making, & nature photography in the lodge lobby. MSU Men’s Basketball 7pm CFSB Center, MSU goracers.com 270.809.3000 MSU vs Tennessee Tech (last regular season home game). Kitchen Folk Magic 12-2pm Wildhair Studios’ Rock Shop nicerockshop.com 270.444.6115 This fits easily into most daily routines. They are intentions set into our

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An Evening with John Williams & Friends 7:30pm The Carson Center thecarsoncenter.org 270.450.4444 Maestro Raffaele Ponti conducts the scores from your favorite films in a concert the whole family will enjoy. Revel in the music from cinema classics including Star Wars, Apollo 13, Shindler’s List, Raiders of the Lost Ark & more.

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Purchase Teen Leadership Round-Up 9am-3pm McCracken Co. Extension Office mccrackenextension.org 270.628.5458 An experience by teens & for teens in the areas of leadership, communication, teamwork & service.

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Fantastic Fibers 2018 Deadline for Entry theyeiser.org 270.442.2453 All entries must be submitted to Yeiser Art Center by this date.

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Shopkins Live! 3:30pm & 6:30pm The Carson Center thecarsoncenter.org 270.450.4444 See your favorite shoppies in an original new live show featuring musical performances by Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette, Polli Polish & more.

FREE 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration 3:30-6:30pm Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion mercy.com/paducah 270.444.2444 Corbin Snardon will provide music with spoken word by Samuel “Snacks” Hawkins. Refreshments served.

FREE Love on a Leash 6:30-7:30pm McCracken Co. Public Library mclib.net 270.442.2510 Children have a chance to meet & interact with pet therapy dogs in training. The patient, loving therapy dogs love to hear stories, & especially love it when children read to them.

Challenger Learning Center - Trivia Night Fundraiser 6:15-9:30pm St. Thomas More Church clcpaducah.org 270.534.3101 10 rounds of 10 questions, prizes for the top 3 teams, & silent auction. Popcorn & soft drinks provided. All proceeds benefit the Challenger Learning Center at Paducah.

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Quad A Regional Chess Tournament Marion, KY westkychess.com 270.933.8228 Open to K-12 students with current USCF membership. $25 entry. Teams must comply with KCA Bluebook rules. West Kentucky Chess promotes chess

through education, information, & competitive play. They focus on chess education for scholastic level players (K-12) & assisting the region in growing the interest in the game of chess. West Kentucky Chess is an Affiliate with the United States Chess Federation & employs USCF certified tournament directors, coaches, & rated players to contribute their knowledge & expertise to the region. They also provide more specific services in the community: chess events, learning the basics, & management of current programs. Their objective is to provide a fun & entertaining option for families & individuals through the game of chess.

Crystal Wire Wrap 10-11:30am Wildhair Studios’ Rock Shop nicerockshop.com 270.444.6115 Learn simple wire wrap techniques incorporating beads to capture your healing crystal. Tuition includes instruction, tools, materials for wrapping & some beads. Bring your own crystal point to wrap or buy one from the store. Fabulous February Vendor Event 10am-3pm Murray State University murraystate.edu 270.809.6119 There are 80 vendors spots available. Electricity is limited & cannot be guaranteed. Empty Bowls Project 11:30am- Julian Carroll Convention Center @emptybowlspaducah 270.908.0090 Make & glaze bowls that will be used to serve food donated by local restaurants at the annual event. There will be a silent auction at this

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year’s event, which will feature handcrafted artisan bowls. Proceeds benefit Paducah’s Community Kitchen. FREE Delta Blues Presentation with Lew Jetton 4-5pm Metropolis Public Library metropolispubliclibrary.com 618.524.4312 Lew Jetton will be discussing the history of the Delta Blues, answering questions & performing Blues guitar music. Light refreshments will be served. FREE 5th Annual Trivia Night 4-5pm Lone Oak Church of Christ npfc.net 270.816.0257 Proceeds benefit New Pathways for Children. A silent auction will go on throughout the evening. Prizes for Grand Champion & Best Table Decor. Refreshments will be available or you can bring your own.

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FREE Read It. Make It. Take It. 6:30-7:30pm McCracken Co. Public Library mclib.net 270.442.2510 A book & craft club offering a mix of old & new classic book selections that kids & grownups can share together with a craft inspired by each month’s books. Read the book, come to the library for discussions & games, make a cool craft, & take it home with you! This month’s book: Raymie Nightingale by Katie DiCamillo. Craft: build a birdhouse.

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Auditions for Barefoot in the Park & Sister Act 6:30pm Market House Theatre markethousetheatre.org 270.444.6828 Learn all you can about the play so you are familiar with it when you come to auditions. Auditionees may check out a perusal script 1-2 weeks ahead of time.

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Infant/Child CPR Class 6pm Borders Community Room mercy.com/paducah 270.444.2243 During this class, the certified CPR instructor will teach you the

steps for performing infant & child CPR with practice & return demonstrations. Size limit is six people per class. All classes are held in the Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion. Auditions for Barefoot in the Park & Sister Act 6:30pm Market House Theatre markethousetheatre.org 270.444.6828 See February 26th description. Sheep & Goat Profitability Series 6:30-8:30pm Marshall Co. Exceptional Center @mcecky 270.527.3285 Look at increasing on farm profits for small ruminant producers from three different angles. Jersey Boys 7:15pm Marshall Co. Exceptional Center thecarsoncenter.org 270.450.4444 This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds & sold 175 million records worldwide.

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Enneagram. What’s Your Personality Type? 2-3pm Wildhair Studios’ Rock Shop nicerockshop.com 270.444.6115 Learn the nine types of personalities in the Enneagram, how to recognize particular types, find your own type & understand the three drives behind each personality type. Included is a self test which will assist you in finding your own type.

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KCA Scholastic State Individuals Paducah westkychess.com 270.933.8228 Open to K-12 students with current USCF membership. $25 entry. Teams must comply with KCA Bluebook rules. West Kentucky Chess promotes chess

through education, information, & competitive play. They focus on chess education for scholastic level players (K-12) & assisting the region in growing the interest in the game of chess. West Kentucky Chess is an Affiliate with the United States Chess Federation & employs USCF certified tournament directors, coaches, & rated players to contribute their knowledge & expertise to the region. They also provide more specific services in the community: chess events, learning the basics, & management of current programs. Their objective is to provide a fun & entertaining option for families & individuals through the game of chess.

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ON-GOING EVENTS & NOTICES FREE Awakening the Sage Within You McCracken Co. Cooperative Extension. MONDAYS 9:30am-12pm A new & positive approach to aging that involves cultivating the wisdom of life experience through life review, life repairs & life legacies. 270.554.9250 or 303.517.1137 retirementlifecoachllc.com FREE Baby & Me McCracken County Public Library. TUESDAYS 11-11:30am; FEBRUARY 10 & 24 11-11:30am. Special story time for babies 0-2 years of age. mclib.net Bags of Love McCracken Co. Cooperative Extension. 3 RD TUESDAYS 9:30am-12:30pm Bags provided to care for children's immediate needs. 270.554.9250 mccrackenextension.org Ballard-Carlisle Historical & Genealogical Society Ballard-Carlisle Society/ Library Building, 257 4th St, Wickliffe. 4 TH SUNDAY 2pm (November-March). People who share a common interest in history & preserving the primary & secondary records in these counties. 270.210.3538 Chakra Healing Retreat Wildhair Studios’ Rock Shop, 311 Broadway, Paducah. FEBRUARY 23 5-7pm & FEBRUARY 25 1-3pm Come one a journey of awakening & growth. Learn to understand, develop, heal, & awaken seven major chakras… root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, & crown chakras. These chakras impact every aspect of our lives. Guided meditation, gentle exercises with soul specific crystals, loving affirmations & lectures. Handouts for continuing work will be provided. 270.444.6115 nicerockshop.com Charitable Bingo Ballard County Board of Education, 264 E Kentucky Drive, Barlow. THURSDAYS 270.665.9844 FREE Creation Station McCracken County Public Library, 2nd Floor Conference Room. SATURDAYS 1-4pm Turn your child's creativity into something they can design & build. Parents welcome to help! mclib.net FREE Daughter Date Night. Graves County Public Library. 1ST TUESDAYS 5pm. Moms & daughters (ages 5-12) meet to make a craft.

the age of 10 should be with an adult. gravescountypubliclibrary.org FREE Family Movie Night. Graves County Public Library. 3RD 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 Food4Fines. Graves County Public Library. TUESDAYS-SUNDAYS 9am-5pm. Turn in non-perishable food to removes fines. 270.247.2911 French & Spanish Story Time. McCracken Co. Public Library. THURSDAYS 10-111m. An exciting new foreign language story time! Madame Valerie will read entertaining stories in French & Spanish, alternating between each week. Learn new language skills & explore the stories of the world in French & Spanish. 270.442.2510 mclib.net Guided Meditation. Wildhair Studios' Rock Shop. 1ST TUESDAYS 6-7pm. 270.444.6115 nicerockshop.com Hearts for Hunger Food Drive. WKCTC Anderson Technical Building, Room 100, Paducah. FEBRUARY 1-28 8am-4:30pm. Donate non-expired canned goods & other non-perishable items such as peanut butter, canned tuna, dry pasta, tomato sauce, soups, canned fruit & vegetables. Donations will be made to local churches to support community outreach & its food pantry. 270.534.3109 westkentucky.kctcs.edu/student_life/diversity_ and_inclusion FREE International Story Time McCracken County Public Library. THURSDAYS 10am. Alternating French & Spanish stories each week. mclib.net Karaoke Mondays Big Apple Cafe, Murray, KY. MONDAYS 8pm-Midnight 270.759.8866 bigapplemurray.com FREE Knitting (& Crocheting) Club. McCracken County Cooperative Extension. 1ST MONDAYS 9:30am Beginner through seasonal knitters welcome. 270.554.9520 mccrackenextension.org FREE Lego Night. Graves County Public Library. 1ST MONDAYS 5pm Children K-6 grade: bring your adult over to the library & build some memories! gravescountypubliclibrary.org

FREE Family Game Night. McCracken County Public Library, 555 Washington Street, Paducah. THURSDAYS 5-8pm. mclib.net

FREE L.I.F.E. Community Marriage Enrichment. 1 ST SUNDAYS 6-7pm. Discuss issues that hinder marriage & how to overcome them. 270.575.3823.

FREE Family Game Night. Graves County Public Library. 2 ND TUESDAYS 5pm Clue, Monopoly, Apples to Apples Jr., & Blink. Wii also available. Kids under

FREE Love Books & Love Bikes? McCracken County Public Library. Check-out books; check-out a bike lock. (Use your library card.) mclib.net

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McCracken County Humane Society Pet Adoptions. PetSmart. 3 RD WEDNESDAYS 10am–5pm mccrackenhumane.org

FREE Story Hour. Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis Street. THURSDAYS 11am. 618.524.4312

FREE Mother Goose. Marshall County Public Library @Benton. WEDNESDAYS Stories, crafts & games for children 2-3. 10-10:30am marshallcolibrary.org

FREE Story Hour. Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis Street. THURSDAYS 11am. 618.524.4312

FREE Paducah Community Chorus. First Christian Church. TUESDAYS 7pm. Open to the public. 270.443.8251 jnatpat@comcast.net

FREE Story Time McCracken County Public Library. TUESDAYS (except Oct. 10) 10am & 1pm. Join Ms. Nicole, Brary Bear, Ms. Michelle, Ms. Retta & Boby Dog for story time. mclib.net

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. FREE Paws to Read. Graves County Public Library. 1ST THURSDAY Allowing children to read aloud to a therapy dog/cat for 15 minutes. Open to children in grades K-6. gravescountypubliclibrary.org

FREE TAB (Teen Advisory Board). Graves County Public Library. EVERY OTHER THURSDAY Join TAB & help the library. There will be crafts, snacks, library projects, & special programming. Teens receive community service for participating. Must be between the ages of 1318. gravescountypubliclibrary.org FREE Tech @ Night. McCracken County Public Library. MONDAY-THURSDAY 5-8pm. Call 270.442.2510 to register. mclib.net

Paducah Photographer’s Club. Paducah School of Art & Design, 905 Harrison St. 1ST MONDAYS 6:30pm. An opportunity to learn, share, network & form new friendships! pjgrumley@gmail.com

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

FREE Story Hour. Graves County Public Library. THURSDAYS 10am Stories, games, crafts, playtime, & snacks! gravescountypubliclibrary.org

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

FREE Story Hour. Marshall County Public Library @ Benton WEDNESDAYS 1-2pm; @Calvert City TUESDAYS 10-11am; @Hardin. THURSDAYS 1-2pm marshallcolibrary.org

West Kentucky Treasure Preservation Society. Lebanon Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 4620 AT Massa Drive, Paducah. 1ST THURSDAY 7pm. Educational topic related to metal detecting/relic hunting. wktps.com

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FREE Women Inspiration Network Monthly Meetings. Curris Center Ballroom, MSU. FEBRUARY 8 7-8:30am. Enjoy breakfast & coffee with a mentoring program just for women. Everyone matched with a mentor. Monthly lunch meetings with speed mentoring, networking & professional development programs. 270.761.4403 eventbrite.com FREE Wonder Time McCracken County Public Library. TUESDAYS 4-6pm. Encouraging curiosity & promoting self-expression. mclib.net

ART GALLERIES, EXHIBITIONS & MUSEUMS

Hotel Metropolitan Museum 724 Oscar Cross Drive, Paducah. Once a hotel (built in 1909) to house African-American travelers, this museum pays tribute to African-American heritage & 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, & more. Everyone welcome. Call for price. 270.443.7918 thehotelmetropolitan.org Jefferson Street Studios 1149 Jefferson Street, Paducah. MONDAY-FRIDAY 1-4pm ; Home to Helene's Hand-Dyed Fabrics & Robert Wyatt Davis Nerikomi Beads. 270.217.3976 jeffersonstreetstudio.com

Art Guild of Paducah 115 Market House Square, Paducah. 1ST TUESDAYS 6pm. 270.554.4803, 270.210.1465, 270.331.3087

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 paducahky.gov/museums

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

Murray Art Guild 500 North 4th Street, Murray. TUESDAY-SATURDAY 10am-3pm; THROUGH MARCH 11 Interwoven: Community Weave Project Everyone invited. No experience necessary. 270.753.4059 murrayartguild.org

Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery 6th Floor, Price Doyle Fine Arts Building, Murray State University. MONDAY-FRIDAY 8 am-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 murraystate.edu

National Quilt Museum 215 Jefferson Street, Paducah. Scheduled school groups of 10 or more are FREE. Guided tours available if preregistered a minimum of two weeks in advance. Twisted (Modern Quilts with a Vintage Twist) THROUGH MARCH 13; School Block Challenge THROUGH APRIL 3; Volunteer Meeting 1 ST THURSDAY 2-3pm 270.442.8856 quiltmuseum.org

Clemens Fine Art Center Gallery 4810 Alben Barkley Drive, Paducah. 270.534.3212 artsinfocus.org

Paducah Railroad Museum 200 Washington Street, Paducah WEDNESDAYFRIDAY 1-4pm; SATURDAY 10am-4pm; $5 admission for adults, $2 for children under 12. 270.908.6451 paducahrr.org River Discovery Center 117 S. Water Street, Paducah. MONDAY-SATURDAY 9:30am-5pm. SUNDAY 1-5pm 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 in the pilothouse simulator. 270.575.9958. riverdiscoverycenter.org Second Saturday Studio/Gallery Walk Lower Town Paducah 2ND SATURDAY Visit galleries & studios; open by appointment & special event weekends. paducahmainstreet.org Super Museum 517 Market Street, Metropolis Features 20,000+ items from the life's work of a longtime Superman enthusiast & collector, Jim Hambrick who has amassed one of the greatest collections of Superman memorabilia in the world. $5 admission. supermuseum.com Yeiser Art Center 200 Broadway Street, Paducah. A permanent exhibition space & permanent collection as well as rotating exhibits. 270.442.2453 theyeiser.org 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

CHILD CARE Immanuel Baptist Church Preschool 3465 Buckner Lane, Paducah. Half-day enrichment classes beginning at 9am for 2-5 year olds. Lunch Bunch extended days on TUESDAYS THROUGH THURSDAYS until 2:30pm.

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Minimum of two teachers per classroom. Professional & dedicated teachers. Imaginative learning environment where your child gets ready for their next step. 270.443.5306 dprice@vci.net ibcpaducah.org

CHILDREN'S & TEEN GROUPS Boy Scout Troop 1 Grace Episcopal Church, 820 Broadway Street, Paducah. MONDAYS 6:30pm 270.559.1515 troop1paducah.com Girl Scout Activity Listings kyanags.org & gskentuckiana.org.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES & EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

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 FREE Trinity Shop 604 S 21st Street, Trinity Baptist Church, Paducah. Does your family need some extra help with clothes? This community closet is open the TWO THURSDAYS each month. No limit & no ID required. 10am-2pm Clean donations accepted. 270.442.1013

DANCE, PERFORMING ARTS, FITNESS & SPORTS CLASSES

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

Adult Ballet Class MHT Multi-Use (Finkel) building, Paducah. FRIDAYS 6-7pm Barre exercises, center floor combinations, & across the floor combinations. 270.444.6828 markethousetheatre.org

Domestic Violence Information Session McCracken County Courthouse, Family Court, Room “E” , Paducah. 270.443.6071, ext. 5.

Adult Jazz Dance Class Barre Evolution, 701 Jefferson St, Paducah. WEDNESDAYS 6:45-7:30pm 270.519.2770 barreevolutionco.com

Feeding the Hungry–Community Ministries 1200 Jefferson Street, Paducah. Volunteers (age 14 & up) are needed to help serve FREE lunches. Shifts available from 9:45am–1:15pm, MONDAY-FRIDAY. Financial support welcomed! 270.575.3400 community-ministries.org

Barre Fitness Barre Evolution, 701 Jefferson St, Paducah. WEDNESDAYS 5:306:45pm; FRIDAYS 9am-9:45pm; SUNDAYS 10am Infuses yoga & pilates with fundamentals of ballet. 270.519.2770 barreevolutionco.com

KY Poison Control Center kypoisoncontrol.com

Kosair Children’s Hospital. 1.800.222.1222

FREE The Lord’s Door 604 S 21st Street, Paducah. Does your family need some extra help with groceries this month? This food pantry is open 3 RD TUESDAYS from 9am-12pm No ID required. Non-perishable food donations are accepted Monday-Thursday, 9am-2pm. 270.442.1013 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 merrymanhouse@hcis.net. 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 operationhomefront.org Paducah Lifeline Ministries. Counseling & help for life–controlling addictions. Call 270.443.4743. 2801

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Barre/Flexibility Class Barre Evolution, 701 Jefferson St, Paducah. FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 10-10:45am Infuses yoga & pilates with fundamentals of ballet. 270.519.2770 barreevolutionco.com DanceMHT. Market House Theatre. Children PreK through high school. $30-35 per month. 270.444.6828 markethousetheatre.org 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 Evening Bike Rides BikeWorld, 809 Joe Clifton Drive, Paducah. TUESDAYS 5:30pm 270.442.0751 bikeworldky.com FREE Family Track Run Practice Noble Park Picnic Shelter #10. TUESDAYS 6-7pm. 270.444.8508 Footlights Clubhouse Creative Drama Class. Market House Theatre. SATURDAYS 11am Students create a secret handshake, learn the word of the day & act out a story from the Rainbow Storybook. Divided into two 6-week sessions (Session One ends February 10; Session Two is February 17-March 24) Financial scholarships available. 270.444.6828 markethousetheatre.org Footlights Musical Theater Audition Class. Market House Theatre. SATURDAYS 11am Students learn 16 bars of an audition song & will learn typical choreography which is taught during an audition. (great for anyone auditioning for GSA or college programs) 270.444.6828 markethousetheatre.org

Footlights Rising Star Performance Class. Market House Theatre. SATURDAYS 10am Students rehearse a short play with a performance on March 24. Learn the basics of play production & play skill building theater games. Must attend regularly (12 week sessions) Financial scholarships available. 270.444.6828 markethousetheatre.org Group Training Run. West Kentucky Runners Club. Summer Hill Ct (off Friedman Lane between Pines Road & Hwy 60 in Paducah). TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 5am. 8 mile run. Mat Yoga. WKCTC, Haws Gymnasium. MONDAYS 3:30-4:20pm. Register each semester to join the class. Seniors 65+ are free to audit the class. 270.559.1409 westkentucky.kctcs.edu Morning Power Yoga. True North Yoga, 3121 Broadway, Paducah. MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS 5:30-6:30am 270.331.1914 truenorthyoga.com Murder Mystery Dinner The Badgett Playhouse, Grand Rivers. FRIDAYS 6-7pm Beyond Uganda invites you for a night of Intrigue -Murder- Laughter & more for a who done it?! that you will never forget! Includes dinner & a show. 888.421.6878 beyonduganda.org 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 Sorry, Not Sorry Choreography Workshop Barre Evolution, 701 Jefferson St, Paducah. Two-part workshop FEBRUARY 3 & 10 9:30am-12:30pm Learn choreography to Demi Lovato’s Sorry Not Sorry. 270.519.2770 barreevolutionco.com Tarzan. MainStage School of Performing Arts, 164 S. 31st Street, Paducah. FEBRUARY 23-25 & MARCH 2-4 Watch as local children perform this classic story. 270.558.4249 mymainstageschool.com Tennis Apprentice Program Chad Gamble Tennis Facility, Paducah Tilghman High School. TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 6-7:30pm For adult beginners. 270.217.0717 paducahtennis.usta.com 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 yogafit.com Yoga Foundations True North Yoga, 3121 Broadway, Paducah. THURSDAYS 10am For beginners & continuing beginners. Everyone welcome. 270.331.1914 truenorthyoga.com 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 THROUGH APRIL 9 4:455:45pm. 270.534.3335. westkentucky.kctcs.edu

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EDUCATION & CAMPS Adult Beginner Quilting Class National Quilt Museum, 215 Jefferson Street, Paducah. THURSDAYS 5:30-8:30pm 270.442.8856 quiltmuseum.org FREE 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 mccrackenextension.org 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 landbetweenthelakes.us Back to the Moon for Good. Golden Pond Planetarium & Observatory, 238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond. MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY 12-12:45pm. Not since the Apollo missions 40 years ago has there been this much lunar exploration. 270.924.2233 landbetweenthelakes.us Center for Gifted Studies. 3205 Alexander Hall, Murray State University. Professional development programs for teachers, regional & international enrichment opportunities for gifted students during the academic year & summers, informational & assessment services to parents. 270.809.2539 or joy.navan@coe.murraystate.edu FREE C.H.A.M.P., Christian Homeschoolers All Meet & Play. United Methodist Church Gym, Ledbetter. TUESDAYS 2:30-4:30pm. Bring skates or sports equipment. RussAnn Stephens 270.898.8040 FREE Computer Basics for Beginners Class. Calloway County Public Library. TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 6-7:30pm. 270.753.2288 callowaycountylibrary.org 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. 270.924.2233 landbetweenthelakes.us Families on the Spectrum Lourdes Garden Room. Refreshments provided & guest speakers quarterly. See our Facebook page for upcoming meetings & times. info@familiesonthspectrumky.org 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 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 omnivisions.com From Earth to the Universe. Golden Pond Planetarium & Observatory, 238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond. EVERY DAY 2-2:45pm. landbetweenthelakes.us

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Heartland Christian Home Educators Support, field trips, & fellowship for home school families in the area. 618.638.3289. Family Night on the 3RD FRIDAYS

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Homeschoolers A small, growing group loyal to the Pope & the Magisterium. Moms meet every other month & with their children on the off months. stewart4aj@yahoo.com

Junior Quilters National Quilt Museum, 215 Jefferson St, Paducah. 1 ST TUESDAY 2:30-4:30pm. For details, call 270.442.8856 or visit quiltmuseum.org

Paducah Parks Services offers classes for children, teens, & adults. Classes include art lessons, martial arts, soccer & dance. 270.444.8508 paducahky.gov

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 kycap201@calldialog.net 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. 800.525.7077 landbetweenthelakes.us 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. 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 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 Parents as Teachers in Christian Homes LBL 211 Lansing Court, Paducah. 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 callowaycountylibrary.org 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 callowaycountylibrary.org FREE Quilt Club. McCracken County Cooperative Extension Office. Any age & any skill level is welcome. 3RD MONDAYS 9:30am-2pm. 270.554.9520 mccrackenextension.org Sign Language Classes West Kentucky Technical & College. Beginning sign language class includes introduction to deaf culture. Over 200 signs will be taught with classroom time utilized to practice these words & phrases. $45. Register online. 270.534.3335 ws.kctcs.edu/ westkentucky/category/category.aspx?C&S=51 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 Afraid to speak in public? Learn to speak powerfully in an exciting, fun environment. Visitors welcome. 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 events, such as the 2017 total solar eclipse. Recommended for ages 6 & above. 800.525.7077 landbetweenthelakes.us FREE Tours for Teachers. Wickliffe Mounds. FRIDAYS 10am-3pm. Must make advance reservations. 270.335.3681 kentuckystateparksfoundation.org

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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 landbetweenthelakes.us 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. 270.534.3206 westkentucky.kctcs.edu

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 Exercise Classes for Seniors Paducah–McCracken County Senior Center MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS. 10-11am. 270.443.8579 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 purchaseadd.org 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. nancy.wallace@uky.edu 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 mccrackenhumane.org

Senior Dance. Trigg Co. Senior Citizens Center, 127 Joy Lane, Cadiz. 2ND & 4TH THURSDAY 6:30-8:30pm. $5 admission. 270.522.8341 Senior Medicare Patrol Sr. Center 1400 HC Mathis Drive. 8am-4pm most TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS 270.442.8993 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 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 leisurely walk around the mounds; view birds & wildflowers along the nature trail; learn about the site's history. 270.335.3681 parks.ky.gov 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. redcross.org Baptist Health has meetings & groups for: Cancerport Breast Cancer, Prepared Childbirth, Baby Care, Family, Sibling Class, CPR, Menopause, Radiation Therapy for New Patients, Weight Loss & more. Call 270.575.2229 or baptisthealthkentucky.com/paducah Dream Factory Volunteer Meetings US Bank Bldg. 4th & Broadway. 5th floor. Interested in helping or donating? Janice Harris, 270.441.7611 dreamfactory.com 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; 270.442.7121

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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). 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 eLourdes.com/classeseventssupportgroups.asp

Paducah Area Amputees in Action. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion Rosenthal 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. paducahcoopministry.org. 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 starfishorphanministry.org St. Nicholas Healthcare Payment Assistance Program provides assistance to uninsured working adults in our community by helping pay for basic healthcare needed to stay healthy & employed. Assistance is available for primary care, prescription medicine, dental care, prescription eyeglasses & hearing aids. Clients must live &/or work in the counties of Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Marshall, McCracken & Massac (IL). Eligible individuals receive services from approved St. Nick program partners. 270.538.9010 info@stnickassistance.org 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; stvincentpaducah@yahoo.com

PARENTING SUPPORT 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 Hope Unlimited Family Care Center empowers families & supports our community to grow stronger. Some of the free & confidential services include pregnancy testing, mentoring, & job training. The Paducah location has sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing, as well as a prenatal care clinic & 4-D ultrasound. All locations have a Hope's Closet Community Store, offering items for the entire family at thrift store prices. 270.442.1166 or 618.524.5730 in Metropolis. 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 themominitiative.com

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FREE Mothering Through Breastfeeding. Grace Episcopal Church 2 ND TUESDAYS 10am. Open to all pregnant & nursing mothers & their children. 270.443.2373 or 270.442.4891 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.

RELIGIOUS SERVICES & MEETINGS Amazing Grace Lutheran Church 1601 Jefferson Street, Paducah | 270.933.1215 AmazingGraceLutheranPaducah.com 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 | ArcadiaChurch.org SUNDAY School 9am; Worship Service 10am; TUESDAY Men’s Prayer Gathering 7:30am

Broadway Church of Christ 2855 Broadway St, Paducah | 270.443.6206 | broadwaycoc.com 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 Broadway United Methodist Church 701 Broadway St, Paducah | 270.443.2401 | bumc-paducah.org 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. Brookport Church of God 4th & George Street, Brookport, IL | 618.564.2264 | brookportcog.com SUNDAY School 10am; Worship & Junior Church 10:45am; Evening Worship 6pm; WEDNESDAY Family Night 6pm; Servant's Heart Meal 6:30pm (W.O.W. Kids, GPS Youth Group Grades 7-12, Shield College & Career, Adult Bible Study)

Bardwell Baptist Church 323 Hwy 51 N, Bardwell | 270.628.3645 | bardwellbaptistchurch.com SUNDAY School: 9:45am; Morning Worship: 10:50am; Evening Bible Study: 6pm; WEDNESDAY Adult Prayer Meeting: 6pm; Ministries for Preschool-Youth: 6:30pm; FEBRUARY 3 Silent Auction & Dinner for Adalynn Rogers: 5:30-8pm Bellview Baptist Church Bleich & Old Mayfield Roads | 270.554.3173 | bellviewbaptistpaducah.com 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 | bethelchurchkevil.org SUNDAY Coffee & Donuts 9am; Sunday School 9:15am; Worship Service 10:30am Broadway Baptist Church 2435 Broadway St, Paducah | 270.442.3739 | broadwaybaptistchurch.org SUNDAY School, 10am; Sunday Worship, 11am; Sunday Evening, 6pm; WEDNESDAY Worship, 7pm

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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 Calvert City First Presbyterian Church 639 Evergreen St, Calvert City | 270.395. 4700 | fpccalvert.com SUNDAY School 9:30am; Fellowship 10am; Worship 10:45am

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 christchurchpaducah.com SUNDAY Coffee & Donuts 9am; Bible Classes 9:30am; Morning Worship & Junior Church (ages 10 & under) 10:30am; WEDNESDAY Bible Study 7pm

Calvert City United Methodist Church 571 Oak Park Blvd., Calvert City | 270.395.4746 | calvertcityumc.org SUNDAY First Light Worship Service, Contemporary 9am; Sunday School 10am; Traditional Service 11am; WEDNESDAY Children, Youth & Adult Bible Studies 6pm; Adult Choir 7pm

Community Fellowship Baptist Church 90 State Route 408 West, Hickory | 270.856.4463 | cfbc.tv 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

Calvary Temple Church 2685 US 641, Murray | 270.753.7389 ctcmurray.org SUNDAY School 9:45am, Worship 10:45am, Prayer Service 6pm; WEDNESDAY Group study 7pm

Concord Christian Center 3661 James Sanders Blvd., Paducah |270.441.7900 | churchbythemall.com SUNDAY Small Groups 9:45am Worship 10:45am, 6pm; WEDNESDAY Service 7pm; FEBRUARY 17 Country Breakfast Buffet 6-10am. $6/ Adults & $3/Children under 12. Proceeds benefit mission projects.

Central Church of Christ 2201 Washington St, Paducah | 270.442.1017 |centralcofcpaducah.org 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

Concord United Methodist Church 5178 Hinkleville Road, Paducah | 270.443.2669 |concord.church 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;

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THURSDAY Men’s Prayer Breakfast 8am Prayer Room is open to the public; 6pm; FEBRUARY 17 Country Breakfast Buffet 6-10am 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 | thecrossing.net/paducah SUNDAY Worship 10:45am Elevation Point Church Paducah Exp Convention Center, 415 Park Ave. | 270.705.1045 | elevationpointchurch.org SUNDAY Service 10:30am Faith Center of Paducah 4465 Hansen Rd, Paducah | 270.443.3110 | faithcenter.tv SUNDAY Service 10am; WEDNESDAY Service 6:30pm The Fellowship Downtown - Starfish 1000 Broadway St, Paducah | 270.442.2728 | rwilson@fbcpaducah.org SUNDAY Worship & Light Meal 5pm First Baptist Church, Paducah 2890 Broadway St, Paducah | 270.442.2728 | fbcpaducah.org 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

Fountain Avenue United Methodist Church 300 Fountain Ave, Paducah270.443.1724 | fountainavenuechurch.com 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 | friendshiponthenet.org SUNDAY School 9am; Morning Worship 10:15am; Evening Worship 6pm; WEDNESDAY Evening Worship 6pm; THURSDAY Women's Bible Study 9pm Gospel Mission Worship Center 6905 Benton Rd, Paducah | 270.898.3613 | gospelmissionworship.com 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 | gracepaducah.net 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

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 2515 S Main St, Benton | 270.527.8560 | fccdcbentonky.org 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 | firstchristianmetro.wordpress.com 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 | fccpaducah.org SUNDAY School 9:30am (Classes for all ages); Worship 10:45am; Study Group 4pm; TUESDAYS Girl Scouts 4:30pm; Choir practice 5:15pm; 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 | firstprespaducah.org 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 | fumcmetro.com SUNDAY Worship Service 10am & 5pm; Classes for all ages 9am

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Grace United Methodist Church 3752 Paducah Rd, LaCenter | 270.665.5195 | gracechurchlacenter.org SUNDAY Worship 10am; THURSDAYS Celebrate Recovery 7pm; TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS Hot Meal Program (for those struggling & in need of a hot meal) 11am-12:30pm; MONDAYS-THURSDAYS Office Open 8:30-11:30am Harmony Baptist Church 9215 Ogden Landing Rd,W. Paducah | 270.488.3115 | harmonybaptistchurchwestpaducahky.blogspot.com 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 | heartlandworship.com 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; Bible Journaling 9am-12pm Highland Cumberland Presbyterian Church 3950 Lovelaceville Rd, Paducah | 270.554.3572 | highlandcpc.org 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 facebook.com/pages/Hillcrest-Baptist-Church/116223055104678 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 | hohmin.org SUNDAY Worship Service 11am; WEDNESDAY Fill-Up Service 6:30-7:30pm Immanuel Baptist Church 3465 Buckner Ln, Paducah | 270.443.5306 | ibcpaducah.org 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 | islamiccenterofpaducah.org 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 | journeycalloway.com SUNDAY Adult Services 9 & 10:30am The Journey Church, Marshall Co. Creason Building, 1600 Park Ave, Benton | 270.761.4403 | journeymarshall.com 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 | loneoakchurchofchrist.com 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 | loneoakfbc.org SUNDAY Morning Worship 8:30am, 9:45am & 11am; Evening Worship 6:30pm; WEDNESDAY Prayer Meeting 6:30pm

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Lone Oak United Methodist Church 3835 Old US Hwy 45 S | 270.554.1272 | loneoakumcpaducah.org 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 | lutheranchurchofcross.org SUNDAY School 9am; Worship Service 10am; 1ST & 3RD SUNDAY Holy Communion Margaret Hank Memorial Cumberland Presbyterian Church 1526 Park Ave, Paducah | 270.443.3689 | margarethank.org SUNDAY School 9:30am; Worship 10:30am; Evening Service 6pm Massac United Methodist Church 2065 Mayfield-Metropolis Rd, Paducah | 270.554.2921 | massacumc.weebly.com SUNDAY School 10am; Worship 11am; Youth Group 4:30pm; Evening Worship 6pm; WEDNESDAY Bible Study 6:30pm Mayfield First United Methodist Church 214 S 8th St, Mayfield | 270.247.5678 | mayfieldfirst.com 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 | mckendreetoday.com SUNDAY School 9am Worship 10:30am Youth & Children Activities 4:30pm Evening Worship 6pm; WEDNESDAY Bible Study 6:30pm; 3RD SATURDAY Senior Citizens Social Dinner 4:30–6pm. Clothes Closet MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY 10am–3pm SATURDAY 9am–Noon

9:50am; Traditional Worship Service 11am Nursery care available during

all services for infants & toddlers. Children 3-2nd grade are invited to attend Children’s Church following the children’s message. EVERY DAY Sew-a-thon 9am-3pm. Open to the public. Light lunch served Monday-Thursday

New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church 7680 New Hope Rd, Paducah | 270.554.0473 | facebook.com/NewHopeCPCPaducah 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 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 | oaklawnbaptistky.org 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 | facebook.com/OlivetBaptistChurchPaducah 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 Pathway Baptist Church 229 W 5th Ave, Calvert City | 270.395.5683 | pathwaybaptist.org SUNDAY School 9:30am; Worship Service 10:30am; Evening Services

Milburn Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian 3760 Metropolis Lake Rd, West Paducah | 270.488.2588 | milburnchapel.homestead.com 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 | mtzionpaducah.org 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 | ngccarp.org 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 Murray First United Methodist Church 503 Maple Street, Murray | 270.753.3812 | murrayfirst.com SUNDAY Early Light Worship Service 8:45am; Sunday School

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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 Connect

Reidland Christian Church 5300 Kentucky Dam Rd, Paducah | 270.898.3904 | reidlandchristian.org SUNDAY Sunday School 9:30am; Worship 10:30am; Bible study 6pm; WEDNESDAY Family Meal 6pm; Bible Study for Children/Adults 7pm

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church 1110 N 14th Street, Paducah | 270.442.1000 | pgmbchurch.50webs.com SUNDAY Explorer Hour 9:30am; Worship 11am; 1ST SUNDAY Lord Supper ; WEDNESDAY Prayer/Bible Study 6pm; 1ST WEDNESDAY Youth Bible Study 6pm

Reidland Seventh Day Adventist Church 5320 Kentucky Dam Road | 270.898.3010 | paducah22.adventistchurchconnect.org 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

The Potter’s House Baptist Worship Center 881 Cutoff Rd, Smithland | 270.928.9905 | pottershousebwc.com SUNDAY Bible Study 9:30am; Worship 10:45am; Evening 6pm; WEDNESDAY Prayer/Bible Study 6pm

Reidland United Methodist 5515 Reidland Rd, Paducah | 270.898.2114 | reidlandumc.org WEDNESDAY Faithweaver Friends preschool-6th grade 5:15-7:30pm FREE dinner & fun, interactive bible discussions for kids.

Reidland Baptist Church 5559 Benton Rd, Paducah | 270.898.6243 | reidlandbaptistchurch.com Nursery provided for all services & Sunday school. 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

Rosary Chapel Catholic Church 711 Ohio St, Paducah | 270.444.6383 | rosarychapel.org SUNDAY Mass 10:30am Rosebower Baptist Church 1120 Tyree Road, Paducah | 270.898.3385 | rosebower.org SUNDAY School 9:45am; Worship Service 10:45am & 6pm; Adult Choir practice 4:45pm; WEDNESDAY Awana & Youth Service 6:30pm; Evening Service 7pm Spring Bayou Baptist Church 11205 Woodville Rd, Kevil | 270.462.3014 | springbayoubaptist.com SUNDAY School 9:45am; Morning Worship 10:45am; Youth & Children's Programs/Evening Worship 6pm; WEDNESDAY Services 7pm Southland Baptist Temple 927 Yarbro Ln, Paducah | 270.444.9678 | southlandbaptisttemple.com 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 St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church 1518 J H O'Bryan Ave, Grand Rivers | 270.395.4727 | stanthonygrandrivers.org WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY Mass 9am; SUNDAY 8am St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church 116 S 6th St, Paducah | 270.442.1923 | stfrancisdesalespaducah.org Mass Schedule TUESDAY–FRIDAY 12pm; SATURDAY 5pm; SUNDAY 8:30 &11am; Quilt Display & Meal St. John Catholic Church 6705 Old Hwy 45, Paducah | 270.554.3810 | stjohnspaducah.com Mass Schedule TUESDAY–SATURDAY 7:30am; SATURDAY 5am; SUNDAY 7:30am & 9:30am 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 | stpaulpaducah.org SUNDAY Worship 8 & 10:45am; Bible Study & Sunday School 9:30am;

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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 | stpetersofthelakes.com 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 | stpiusx.us Mass Times TUESDAY 6pm; WEDNESDAY–FRIDAY 8am; SATURDAY 4:30pm; SUNDAY 10am; 1ST FRIDAYS MASS 6pm with Adoration St. Thomas More Catholic Church 5645 Blandville Rd, Paducah | 270.534.9000 |stmore.org 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 Temple Israel 330 Joe Clifton Dr, Paducah | 270.442.4104 | templeisrael.us FRIDAY Lay–led Services 5:30pm; Rabbi–led Services 7pm Trace Creek Baptist Church 330 Joe Clifton Dr, Paducah | 270.442.4104 | templeisrael.us FRIDAY Lay–led Services 5:30pm; Rabbi–led Services 7pm

Trinity United Methodist Church 6125 Blandville Rd, Paducah | 270.534.9516 | trinitypaducah.com 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 | 12oaksbaptist.com 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 | uccpaducah.org SUNDAY Worship celebration 10am; Coffee & refreshments 1111:20am; Christian Education until Noon Victory Assembly Worship Center 1345 N. Friendship Rd, Paducah | 270.554.7500 | voiceofvictory.net SUNDAY School 9:30am; Worship 10:30am & 6pm; WEDNESDAY Worship Service & Bible Study 7pm Waldo Baptist Church 6970 Waldo Church Rd, Metropolis, IL | 618.564.2180 | waldobaptist.org SUNDAY Bible Study 9am; Morning Worship Service 10am; Evening Worship Service 6am; WEDNESDAY Fellowship Meal Ministry 5:30pm; Mid–Week Service 7pm

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Washington Street Baptist Church 721 Washington St, Paducah | 270.442.8033 | washingtonstreetbaptist.org SUNDAY Morning Alive (Sunday School for All Ages) 9:30am; Worship Service 10:45am Way of Christ Bible Fellowship Church 1301 Park Ave, Paducah | 270.575.0039 | facebook.com/pages/Way-of-Christ-Bible-Fellowship SUNDAY Morning Service 10:45am; WEDNESDAY Youth Bible Study 5:30pm Adult Bible Study 6:30pm West End Baptist Church 324 S 28th St, Paducah | 270.443.1043 | westendchurchpaducah.com 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 | facebook.com/woodlawnchurch 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 | sshauf@hotmail.com SUNDAY School 9:45am; Morning Worship Service 10:45am; WEDNESDAY Bible Study 6:30pm

SUPPORT GROUPS FREE Alzheimer's Support Group. Graves County Public Library 1ST WEDNESDAY Respite provided with one day notice for $6.60/hour. 270.564.4498. FREE Grief Support. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Borders Community Room. Sponsored by Milner & Orr. 1ST FRIDAYS 5-9pm 270.898.8796 FREE Grief Support Lunch. Luke’s Truckstop, Arlington. 1ST TUESDAYS 11:30am. lfondaw@lourdes–pad.org 270.415.3607. FREE Healthy Grieving Group. Paducah Lourdes North Plaza. MONDAYS (except holidays). 5pm. 270.415.3636 FREE Hospice Grief Support Group. Lourdes North Plaza, 911 Joe Clifton Drive, Paducah. MONDAYS except holidays. 5-6:30pm. 270.415.3636 FREE Men’s Coffee Grief Education & Support Group. Bob Evans Restaurant, Paducah. 1ST THURSDAYS except holidays. 8am. 270.415.3632 FREE Now & Beyond Grief Support Group for Widows & Widowers. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Borders Community Room. 2ND FRIDAYS 6-8am 270.898.8796 or 270.534.4200. FREE Overeaters Anonymous. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Rosenthal Room, Paducah. WEDNESDAYS 5:30-6:30pm Spiritual program of recovery. No weigh-ins, dues or fees.. 270.556.8873 FREE Smoking Cessation Series. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Lourdes Board Room. With the support of Smoking Cessation Counselors trained by the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking program, this is catered toward those who have made the decision & are ready to quit smoking. Program focuses on hot to quit successfully & offers a structured, systematic approach to quitting. THURSDAYS THROUGH MARCH 8 & FEBRUARY 19 Please register as the class is limited to 20 people. Classes can also be arranged with employers or at locations throughout the area. 270.538.5867 FREE Survivors of Suicide United Church of Paducah, 4600 Buckner Ln. For anyone whose life has been touched by the unique grief of suicide. 1 ST TUESDAYS 270.442.3722

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iSUPPORT by Amy Noles

Mardi Gras & All That Jazz

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local Fat Tuesday tradition continues, this February 13th. It’s Mardi Gras time and that means region’s premier charity event is taking place - Lourdes Foundation’s 16th annual Mardi Gras & All That Jazz! Mardi Gras is a fun-filled evening of music, food and fun to support the Lourdes Foundation.  Proceeds from the upcoming event help Lourdes improve clinical areas and provide excellence in care through technology, and facility upgrades.

vendors will serve dishes and samples such as Cajun sauces, gourmet coffees, King cake, and other assorted desserts and appetizers. Guests will enjoy stilt walkers, balloon twisting, and more provided by Mel Rhea Balloon Creations. As always, Mardi Gras masks and beads will be available for all attendees. This year, be sure to look for specialty Mardi Gras beads, including a limited supply of UK beads, available throughout the night.

Dance the Night Away

This annual fundraiser will be held in the Julian Carroll Convention Center in downtown Paducah at 6pm. The night’s musical entertainment for 2018 will be Lew Jetton & 61 South who is back by popular demand. They will certainly keep the party hopping with both blues and southern rock.  Guests can satisfy their Cajun cravings with gourmet treats from popular restaurants and caterers throughout the region. Over ten food

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Dr. Christopher Sperry, primary care physician with Mercy Primary Care – Paducah, will share a special story during the event on how important the Lourdes Foundation is to the Lourdes patients that he interacts with daily.

Funds to Assist Patients

“Mardi Gras and All That Jazz supports the greatest needs of Lourdes Hospital,” said Jessica Toren, Lourdes Foundation President. “This year our efforts are dedicated to pediatric suites, an epilepsy monitoring unit, and support for our patients.” The event will raise funds to provide the pediatric rooms with bright paint colors, comfortable furniture for family members, and updated storage systems to provide a home like environment. The epilepsy monitoring unit will double the space currently used by Lourdes neurologists to diagnose and monitor epilepsy patients. Proceeds will also benefit their Patient Mission Fund, which assists Lourdes patients with the greatest need for items such as medications, food, clothing, or even a ride home. “Both of these projects are needed in our community and will help us support of our mission of building healthier communities through mind, body, and spirit,” Toren said. Past Mardi Gras dollars have provided the hospital with tomosynthesis: state-of-the-art 3D breast cancer detection technology and a pediatric intubation device for the emergency department. Proceeds have also contributed to concussion testing for young athletes, blood clot busting technology, iPads for inpatient use, and the Lourdes Center for Sleep Disorders. It has also supplemented the Patient Mission Fund that is dedicated to helping patients in crisis.

$1mm & Counting

This year’s event hopes to build off of the success of year’s past. Mardi Gras hit an impressive milestone last year, hitting the $1 million mark in total fundraising dollars since the annual event was established in 2003. “We are blessed to have the support of the community to help us fund the greatest needs of Lourdes hospital and its patients. We look forward to hosting a fantastic Mardi Party for Lourdes Foundation supporters,” Toren said. Individual tickets will be sold at the door for $50. Corporate sponsorships are still available for $2,500 or $1,500, with the added benefit of reserved seating and special gifts.  To arrange a sponsorship or purchase tickets, call Lourdes Foundation at 270.415.3992 or visit foundation.mercy.com/paducah/events.aspx. The 2018 Mardi Gras & All That Jazz would not be possible without presenting sponsors: Ray Black & Sons, WPSD, Supply Solutions, US Bank, Paducah Bank, and Mercy Mission Partners; or the 2018 Mardi Gras planning committee: Leigh Ann Ballegeer, Melissa Clark, Cathy Crecelius, Cathy Elliot, Whitney Evans, Lisa Hancock, Heather Jackson, and Anna Vanderburg.

Lourdes Hospital Lourdes is part of Mercy Health, one of the largest Catholic healthcare ministries in the country. Lourdes’ faith-based Mission, values and promise form the cornerstones of its healthcare system. These bedrock beliefs unite its doctors, nurses and employees to strive to deliver the highest quality healthcare possible. Lourdes Hospital is a 359 licensed-bed facility accredited by The Joint Commission and was named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission. Lourdes is home to the region’s largest multi-specialty physician network, Mercy Medical Associates, which consists of over 100 providers serving in over 30 locations throughout western Kentucky. For more information, visit mercy.com.

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by Will Brandon

What’s In The Box? How Does a Subscription Box Work?

Even though each company has developed their own business model and way of doing things, there are a few different styles of subscription boxes that share similarities. In one scenario, you start your subscription with the company of your choice who sends you a standardized box. While monthly does seem to be the common standard and popular choice, there are some companies that offer the option to receive your items in increments like every two or three months. The box has pre-picked products that may fit a particular theme of that month. Some subscriptions are simply the same items you ordered the month before, and other companies offer a completely personalized box that is curated just for you.

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ver the past few years, one of the biggest trends we’ve seen consumers adding into their schedule is boxing – subscription boxing that is. As an industry that was able to bring in roughly 6 million shoppers in the US during 2017, the subscription box trend is stronger than ever. Whether it’s fashion, food, cosmetics, collectibles, or even your pet – there is a box that can accommodate your needs. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, iShop the box and explain how these companies work and why you might want to consider them as a present for yourself or your partner.

For example, if you are opting for a food subscription box service, companies like Blue Apron and Home Chef will send you pre-packaged meals that come with the ingredients and instructions to prepare them yourself. If you opt for something like Dollar Shave Club, you select your type of razor which will be shipped to you at the same time every month, so you never run out. When it comes to beauty and cosmetics, Ipsy sends their monthly subscribers a Glam Bag consisting of five deluxe samples or full-size goodies.

The Winston Box

To satisfy my curiosity and dive into this industry, I have personally been enjoying my first subscription box experience through a company called The Winston Box. I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and found a sponsored post with their signature logo of a black Homburg hat, a signature staple of Sir Winston Churchill. The Winston Box is a clothing company that is dedicated to big and tall men ranging from sizes XL-6XL, and as someone who is 6’2” and impossible to shop for, I was immediately hooked.

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As you create your account, aside from entering your traditional information like shirt and pant sizing, you choose criteria to help them personalize your box. You can choose the type of style you are aiming for, casual, classic, trendy, or a mix of the three. Sample looks are shown for each of the styles to ease any uncertainty, along with getting to choose whether you prefer darker and subdued colors in your clothing, or bright and exciting. Every month Winston has someone personally curate a box specified to your criteria, and you will receive a mixture of both tops and bottoms made specifically for the company. After three months of using this service, I have a new wardrobe of high quality garments for a fraction of the price it would have cost me to purchase the pieces individually. Perhaps the best part is that I have the opportunity to wear things I love that I probably wouldn’t have looked at, or even tried on, in a brick and mortar store.

Why Should I Try a Subscription Box?

I have admittedly never been good at finding the right gifts to give, or knowing what to ask for as a present from someone else, so a subscription box could be a valuable and exciting alternative. Subscription boxes work for a variety of reasons: It’s fun and exciting not knowing exactly what you are going to receive in your box every month.

They can bring attention to products and services that you never knew existed, and may not have tried without the incentive. Most of the time the products in your box have a greater value than the price of your subscription - so you save money.

Can I Return the stuff I don’t want?

At the same time, it’s only fair that we recognize the importance of being a conscious consumer and look at possible downsides. Aside from the excitement of not knowing what you will receive, there is always the looming chance you receive a box of products that don’t satisfy or meet your needs at all. While a lot of companies offer the chance to return items in a box for either an exchange or refund, the inconvenience of the return process could drive people to not subscribe for another month, or keep people from returning items and just staying unhappy with their purchase. You don’t want your subscription service to become like a gym membership that you keep paying for but never actually go.

What if I want to stop my subscription?

When asked about the process of cancelling their subscription service, aside from just being able to cancel your membership completely, The Winston Box offered some flexibility to their customers. A little consumer research indicates many subscription box services have similar polices. You may be given the option to pause payments for a couple of months, giving you the chance to keep your membership in good standing and lock in your current pricing should that change. You may also given the options to make your monthly payment date to one of your choosing to better manage expenses. Some companies will also offer switching to a bi-monthly payment schedule where you would receive six boxes per year instead of 12.

SPECIAL OFFER

Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day or any other gift-giving occasion, a subscription box is something you should consider adding to your repertoire. Here’s a few companies that I would suggest based on market research and talking to people that have tried them:

The awesome team at The Winston Box has been kind enough to offer a discount code of ibox for $20 off of your first box!

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Birchbox, Mantry, Stitch Fix, Darby Smart, Loot Crate, and Scentbird. If you give any of these services a shot or know of any other awesome ones we should try, let us know!

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by Amy Noles

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A Makerspace for Paducah

here’s a new makerspace in Paducah called Sprocket. What’s a makerspace I hear you asking? It’s a collaborative work space for making, learning, exploring and sharing that can use both high tech and no tech tools. Sprocket is open to kids, adults and entrepreneurs and has been created to get folks interested in tech related careers – and the tech companies that are springing up in western Kentucky.

Sprocket in Paducah

Makers & Hackers

This not-for-profit organization believes their greatest impact will be felt in Sprocket learners who are middle school aged and younger.

Since the mid-1990s, makerspaces have been popping up all over the US and the world. Originally known as hackerspaces or FabLabs, they are all places for making, collaborating, learning and sharing. The concept of a hackerspace started as  places where a group of computer programmers could meet, work, and share infrastructure. They would hack technology and try to make it do something it wasn’t meant to do. This term hacking or hacker soon progressed and expanded into the hacking of physical objects. 

Sprocket is a new Makerspace housed the Historic Coke Plant, in Paducah. The 800 square foot space has been donated for this three-year pilot project. (More space has been promised). Sprocket is available for students and adults to access through memberships, partnering agencies, and educational partners. It provides workshops, computers and digital tools, as well as tools for fabrication.

“Sprocket serves lifelong learners, tinkerers, engineering students, art and design students, regional Kindergarten – 12th grade students, entrepreneurs, and those who wish to explore career opportunities in emerging industry,” said Monica Bilak Development Director at Paducah Public Schools. “However, we believe the greatest impact will begin to be felt in those Sprocket learners who are middle school age and younger.”

Over the years, the price of maker tools such as 3D printers, desktop laser cutters and CNC routers became more affordable and hackerspaces naturally evolved into makerspaces. But a makerspace however doesn’t need to include all of these machines or even any of them to be considered a makerspace. It’s more of the maker mindset of creating something out of nothing and exploring your own interests that’s at the core of a makerspace.

21st Century Skills

Makerspaces such as Sprocket help to prepare kids with the critical 21st century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They provide hands on learning, help with critical thinking skills and even boost self-confidence. Some of the skills that are learned in a makerspace pertain to electronics, 3d printing, 3D modeling, coding, robotics and even woodworking. Makerspaces are also fostering entrepreneurship and being utilized as incubators and accelerators for business startups.

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Sprocket will officially open its doors this month when they launch more workshops and their after-school programs.

Creative & Critical Thinking

Sprocket has been a couple of years in the making. It began with indepth conversations between industry leaders in the region. They were in search of talent that could communicate effectively and solve problems in a rapidly changing technological environment. As one COO of a cyber security company put it: “I don’t care about the math, we need people who can think and solve challenges we’ve never had before.” They hear this need for creative, critical thinkers repeatedly from industry leaders in every sector. A recent poll of CEOs found that they deemed creativity to be “the number one leadership competency of the successful enterprise of the future.” Educators began to understand that there was a critical need for our education systems to cultivate creative and critical thinking in it students. They had to know how to tackle, and deal with, real world problems. The Paducah Public Schools (PPS) began to envision an Innovation Hub that would allow for exploration in the 21st century

world of work through more project based learning. They then won a grant for this space for $3.8M from the Kentucky Workforce and Education Cabinet. PPS staff have spent the last two years gathering input and data from schools, parents, students and meeting with local industry. They know the “sit and get” style of learning that was good for production line work needs to be replaced with in-person opportunities to actively apply knowledge as solutions to real world problems.

Join Sprocket

Sprocket is funded by grants and memberships. Any one, or any age can come and learn, pay and creative at Sprocket. Children who attend Paducah Public Schools can go to Sprocket free of charge. If you would like to use the 3D printers, computers and other equipment or attend workshops and classes you can do so for a small monthly fee.

Events at Sprocket

Tech On Tap at Dry Ground Brewery is one of two on-going, monthly events designed to get the word out about Sprocket. “We meet once a month at Dry Ground Brewery (in their back room near our studio),” Bilak told me. “We bring out some pizza around 5:30 pm and have a discussion from 6-7pm. We are always looking for speaking ideas and discussion topics so shoot us a line if you have some. This is very informal but because of the beer, it’s an adult only event. For more information and to join the group, you can find topic and schedule on meetup.com.” They also just started a Saturday group called Makers MeetUp. This group is helping to design the maker experiences and studio space. “We meet on the second Saturday of each month at 9am in our studio which you can access via the back parking lot of the Coke Plant,” explained Bilak. “Grab a cup of coffee ahead of time at Pipers Tea & Coffee and join us! Topics, or actual making workshops, are posted on our Facebook page @SprocketInnovation and the MeetUp app.”

Volunteers & Mentors

Sprocket has some great 3D printers and equipment thanks to donations and grants they’ve received. In fact they have just received a large number of computers from a major car manufacturer. They strive to be ‘the place’ where you can learn and use specialized equipment that you’re not likely to keep at home. There’s still a lot of tools and equipment they would like to have – stuff you may have lying around in your home, garage, or tool shed! View the wish list here: sprocketpaducah.com/wp-content/ uploads/2017/11/SprocketWishlist.pdf Sprocket is always looking for volunteers and mentors as well. If you are interested in either of these, email info@sprocketpaducah.com.

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by Sarah Ladd

Freezin’ For A Reason 2018 Western KY Polar Plunge

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or years, Western Kentuckians have flocked to rivers and lakes in the middle of winter to raise money for Special Olympics Kentucky. In often frigid conditions they are Freezin’ for a Reason! Through registration fees and donations, the plunge funds many of the programs and sports supported by Special Olympics of Kentucky (SOKY). Events such as this make it possible for athletes to compete. Last year, the Western Kentucky Polar Plunge raised $95,000 to support Special Olympics athletes.

The BEAR Minimum

More than 600 brave folks are expected to return to the Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park and take a chilly dip in Kentucky Lake this February. The Plunge works just like a walk-a-thon with Polar Bears raising a BEAR  minimum of $75 ($50 for Junior Polar Bears) to earn the right to plunge. Every Polar Bear receives the official Polar Plunge T-shirt, and participants who raise more money can earn even better rewards.

The 2018 Western KY Polar Plunge and 5k is presented by Peel & Holland. It will be on Saturday, February 17 this year from 9am-2pm at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park.

Polar 5k

Before the plunge, polar bears can get warmed by running or walking a scenic 5k through Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park for a $40 entry fee. It’s one of the most beautiful race courses in Kentucky and goes across the top of the dam and along the lake front.

Event Schedule

Friday, February 16 Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park Convention Center Early Check-In/Packet Pick-Up 4 - 6pm - Early Check-In & 5k Packet Pick-Up

THE PLUNGE!

Saturday, February 17 Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park 7:30am - 5k Registration Opens 9am - 5k Starts

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9-10:45am - On-Site Plunge Check-In 10:45am - Opening Ceremonies 11am - Plunge begins For more information, contact Laura Miller at 270.293.9054 or via e-mail at lmiller@soky.org.

Getting Started Is Easy...

Go to westernkyplunge.com and follow the step-by-step instructions to form a team, join a team or participate as an individual. Next, using the My HQ Page, send your friends and family emails to let them know you are jumping for the athletes of Special Olympics Kentucky. They can join your team, if you created one, or send you an online donation. Sign in and pick up your prize redemption coupon and Plunge wristband (you must have your wristband to Plunge) at either Early Check-in or at the On-Site Check-in tables on the day of the Plunge. NOTE: Even if you sign up online, you still must check in one of these two days.

Polar Plunge Triple Crown Challenge

The Triple Crown isn’t just for horses - that’s right, participants have the chance to get into the water not once, but twice, in addition to running the 5k! These overachievers will begin their day off by running the 5k. Then, they will enter the water twice - once from the dock, and another time by running in through the beach! Those who complete the challenge will get a separate medal and will be crowned a Triple Crown Champion. They will get a special photo op on the golden throne with a golden scepter. This fun challenge was a lot of fun and very successful last year.

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Miller encourages people to both participate in the Polar Plunge challenge and financially support Special Olympics. “It is more than one day of running around a track,” she explained. “Special Olympics is a movement that changes the lives of everyone who is fortunate enough to be touched by it.”

To register online now, visit westernkyplunge.com

For more on how you can get involved in the Western Kentucky Polar Plunge or for sponsorship information, contact Laura Miller at 270.293.9054 or lmiller@soky.org.

Special Olympics Kentucky

Too Chicken to Plunge?

There will be people who cannot jump into ice cold water for a variety of reasons. No worries! The plunge has options for people who are Too Chicken to Plunge. Persons can register as Too Chicken to Plunge, and will get a Too Chicken t-shirt. Many of the Chickens will be part of a larger team of friends or co-workers. They will commit to raising the same amount of funds and can participate in our costume contest and earn fundraising awards.

“What’s Important in the World”

“It’s difficult for me to give words to people and experiences that are so meaningful,” said Laura Miller, the West Regional Director for Special Olympics Kentucky. “Special Olympics and its athletes serve to remind me of all that is important in this world. Our athletes are often a beacon that illuminates the best of people; kindness without prejudice, determination, joy, and a general spirit that will simply make your heart happy.”

Special Olympics is the world’s largest program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This incredible family of families, athletes, and volunteers work together to ensure that everyone reaches their greatest potential. Participation is open to all individuals eight years of age or older. Training and competition in local, area, state, and national programs is offered year-round in 15 sports in Kentucky. Participation in Special Olympics helps athletes improve physical fitness and increase confidence and self-esteem. Through Special Olympics athletes learn valuable skills that they carry with them off the playing field and into their schools, jobs and communities. In addition to sports, Special Olympics offers health screening programs through its Healthy Athletes initiatives and early childhood programming for young children with intellectual disabilities through the Young Athletes Program. For more information, please visit soky.org.

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Miller said that being a part of Special Olympics enables people, both with and without disabilities, to let their inner selves shine. “Without Special Olympics, some people never have a stage or opportunity to develop and show the world their light, their goodness, their talents, and leave lasting contributions in this world,” she told me. “I have heard parents describe their children as withdrawn, lonely, and a ‘shell’ before they started Special Olympics.”

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iPARENT

by Kerrie McLoughlin

Teen Dating: How Young is Too Young?

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think many of us can relate to Deanna, mom of three girls (one a teen), when she said, “Dating? Not my babies!” My own first date happened when I was a few months past my sixteenth birthday and and my parents were hard-core. If I missed curfew by one minute I was grounded tfor two weeks - and I was grounded quite often.

that. When she’s dressed to go out and all made -up she could easily be mistaken for a kid in high school or even college! I don’t want to scare anyone unnecessary but predators don’t only exist on the internet, they could be hanging out at our local movie theater.”

For me, 13 or 14 would have been too young for official dating because boys still freaked me out then, and I had no siblings to learn from. So, what do parents in 2018 feel about teen dating? Where should those first dates take place? How young is too young?

Small group, or mall dates, are a great place to start when kids are in junior high. Kids can meet up to walk around, shop, hit the food court and maybe see a movie. They can also meet at places like trampoline parks, friends’ homes and sporting events.

Middle School/Junior High

Kids in sixth through eighth grade often meet up at school events such as sports tournaments and dances. They “friend” each other on social media and sometimes even check the “in a relationship” tag! But this isn’t really dating as an adult would define it - unless one of them is paying for the pizza! By the time they are in 8th grade, these 12 and 13 year olds may be meeting up in small groups at the mall, or at friend’s home to watch a movie, play video games or just “hang out”. This is when parents should probably be the most cautious and supervise social activities. Some kids mature more quickly then others and may think they are ready for an “exclusive relationship”. At this age girls in particular often look older then they actually are. “My 12-year-old daughter wants to wear make-up to school events,” said Crystal. “ I have concerns about

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“Lets Meet At the Mall!”

“I usually drop my son and his friends off to make sure they’re going where they say they are,” said Mike. “ I also pick them up at a designated time. I ask him about what they plan to do and who’s tagging along. That way I know if he’s with just his name friends or if girls are part of the equation.”

What Age is the Right Age?

Many parents take the issue of teen dating on a case-by-case basis because every kid is different. Some are more mature at age 15, while some may not be ready for a first date until they’re working or in college. “We don’t have a set age yet for dating and our oldest is 14,” said Wendy, Mom of five. “I think a numerical age is way too hard to pinpoint because of different maturity levels. I do see being a responsible driver as somewhat related to being able to handle dating.”


House dates are a next step for teens or parents, who may not be quite ready for one-on-one dating yet. Tonya, mom of one, said, “My daughter is 17. For the last year or so I have allowed her to have a boy come over and as long as I am home. Of course her room is off limits!”

Asking Someone Out

Intelligent Dating

When responding, your teen should always be considerate … if your teen is not interested in going out with someone who has asked them on a date, they need to kindly let the asker down.

Sean Covey’s book, The Six Most Important Decisions You Will Ever Make: A Guide for Teens, talks about teens being ready to date and knowing the difference between intelligent and brainless dating. Intelligent dating is making decisions not based on hormones, popularity, money and what the crowd is doing. Brainless dating is the opposite. When you feel your teen is ready for one-on-one dating, keep these pointers in mind: •

Try to model healthy romantic relationships at home. Talk to your child about dating and how it’s not always as the media portrays it. Discuss how some of the very best dates are free and about being realistic on how a date might play out.

Talk to your teen about what a good relationship looks like - how your partner should never push, hit or degrade you. Make sure you discuss that your child should never be forced into doing things they know they shouldn’t be doing.

Have a plan. Teens should decide in advance about things such as the qualities they are looking for in a partner. How they want, and don’t want, a date to go. What they will do if they find themselves in a bad situation, etc.

Teen dating is about meeting many different kinds of people to find out what they eventually might like in a life partner, so don’t flip out if your teen brings a guy home who you don’t love. Chances are this will not be your future son-in-law.

Talk to your teen about being true to themselves. They shouldn’t have to act directly or wear clothing they’re uncomfortable in to please a potential date.

Let your teen know he or she can always come to you with questions. Don’t be afraid to tell them about your own best and worst dates and mistakes. Everybody has bad judgment sometimes, so let your teen know you understand that and you are willing to pick them up at any time of the night if a bad situation arises.

As far as asking someone out goes, kindness and common sense are the key. Asking someone out can happen in person, over the phone or on Snapchat! Texting and social media are the norm these days.

Kim, a mom from Indianapolis, put it well when she said, “I think the best thing you can do is set the rules and guidelines for your daughter or son and do not let society set them. It’s called: you have to parent them, not be their friend, and not be their matchmaker.” Kerrie McLoughlin (TheKerrieShow.com) is the seasoned mom of five, including 3 teenagers.

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iDOCTOR

by Brian Kern, M.D. Sports Medicine Specialist The Orthopaedic Institute of Western Kentucky

Overuse Injuries in Youth Athletes

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t may surprise you to learn that approximately half of all youth injuries evaluated in sports medicine clinics are associated with overuse. An overuse injury is defined as a chronic injury that occurs with repetitive stress on the musculoskeletal system over time, without allowing time for adequate recovery. Youth athletes are prone to overuse injuries due to stresses placed on their growing bones. Factors that contribute to this type of injury include inappropriate increases in training intensity and durations, hard training surfaces and improper equipment. Other factors include decreased muscle flexibility and strength or extremity malalignment, such as excessively flat feet. Overuse injuries may manifest themselves in the youth in a multitude of ways. Any occurrence of chronic pain, decreased performance, limping or swelling are signs of overuse injuries - and should be evaluated by an orthopaedic specialist. The most common overuse injuries include irritation of the growth plate (apophysitis), issues with tendons, stress fractures, and patellofemoral (knee) pain. It is important to remember that children are not just small adults. The type of injuries that young athletes sustain are very different than those of adults. The big difference is the fact that a young athlete skeleton is still growing, and its growth plates are still open. The growth plate is made up of cartilage that is becoming bone, and as such, does not yet have the strength of adult bone. That is why, the growth plate tends to be injured before the surrounding bone or ligaments in young athletes. It is difficult to recognize injury to the growth plate, as they are not always palpable, and can be difficult to detect on X-ray. There is great variability in the location and closing (fusing) of growth plates. So, an expert orthopaedic opinion of the injury is vital in ensuring the injury is diagnosed and treated properly. There is a trend of early specialization in a sport for young athletes. Because of early sport specialization or concentration and increased availability of indoor training facilities, young athletes are increasingly playing one sport year-round. As a result, we are seeing more overuse injuries. With year-round training in a single sport, children don’t give their bodies adequate time off for rest and recovery. Actually, the best

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athletes tend to experience more injuries, because they spend more minutes training and playing on a club or travel team, in addition to participating with their school team. It is impossible to know exactly how much is too much when it comes to youth sports participation, but one month off from a year-round sport every six months is a good rule. While we do not suggest complete rest . . . we do suggest rest from the primary sport. Cross-training with other sports is also encouraged. Other standards suggest: one day off per week, one sport per season, one team per sport. Gradually increasing training intensity over a period of weeks is also highly suggested. Overuse injuries are common in young athletes. We must be aware that there are different types of overuse injuries and the diagnosis defines the appropriate treatment. The common thread among all overuse injuries is over training. Education of athletes, parents and coaches is essential for prevention. We must let them know that adequate rest and recovery is an integral part of training. Additional resources for overuse injury prevention are available at the website of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. Overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries to middle and high school students. Children ages 5 to 14 account for nearly 40 percent of all sportsrelated injuries treated in hospitals. On average the rate and severity of injury increases with a child’s age. Although 62 percent of organized sports-related injuries occur during practice, one-third of parents do not have their children take the same safety precautions at practice that they would during a game. According to the CDC, more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable. orthopaedicinstitute.com/kentucky

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