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he neighborhood is adorned with pumpkins We wish everyone a wonderful Fall, a Happy and hay bales. The cooler evenings have Halloween and remember…it's just 85 days until arrived and I can finally enjoy my lovely Christmas! deck. Time to make some yummy soup and chili because summer is officially over! This is absolutely my favorite time of the year.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and also the month when I found out I had breast cancer. The good news was that I would never need to have another mammogram – the bad news was that I had a double mastectomy! As we celebrate all the incredible people who have survived cancer in our community, we must also remember those who lost the battle. Science inches ever closer to a cure for cancer and survival rates have never been higher. Yet, we still do not always beat cancer and our community loses incredible people each year. It’s especially tragic when it’s someone close to you; a young mother, a small child, a parent or your best friend. We must all do whatever we can to help find a cure for cancer and we must also take the time to learn the symptoms, be aware of our bodies’ changes and get regular physical exams. Which leads me right back to mammograms and October. Please, schedule your mammogram today - cancer is curable, and I want everyone to be a survivor!
Win a Family 4-Pack of Tickets to A Charlie Brown Christmas at The Carson Center
A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Emmy® and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over fifty years ago. Now the classic animated television special comes to life at the Carson Center in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Purchase Area Family Magazine has partnered with the Carson Center to give away a family 4-pack of tickets to the show which takes place on December 7, 2017 at 6:30pm. After your child has colored in the picture on page 5, mail the coloring page to us and we’ll automatically enter you into this contest. Remember to mail your completed coloring page and include your name, phone number and email address to: P.O. Box 8061, Paducah, KY 42002. Entries MUST be received by October 31, 2017.
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Adventure Begins in Metropolis: The 44th Annual Fort Massac Encampment ................................. 6
iPlay: Thriller on Broadway! Flash Mob & Fundraiser Supporting Family Service Society .................... 9 iLove It: WHO Are You?! The 1st Annual WHO Festival ....................................................... 12 iLearn: Howling & Hunting at McLib .................................... 14 iDoctor: Mammograms Save Lives! What to Expect When You Get Yours ............................... 1 6
iPet: A Pet Howl-o-ween Party .................................................... 51 iAge: The Science Behind a Seasonal Slump The Secret to the Sunshine Vitamin ........................................... 53 iSupport: Beer. Sausage. Dance. Repeat. It's Time for Paducah's Oktoberfest ....................................................... 55 iWin: The Old, Red Barn.... Spooktacular Short Story Contest Winners ............................. 58 iSecure: Is Your Personal & Business Data Secure? ..................... 60
iCook: Halloween Feasts ..................................................................... 19
iDoctor: Pediatric Hospital Dentistry. for Special Needs Children ........................................................................ 63
iSupport: Adam Is Your Buddy! The 2017 Down Syndrome Buddy Walk ......................................... 2 2
Advertiser's Index ............................................................................................ 65
October Calendar & Community Directory .................................... 25 4
Clip & Save .......................................................................................................... 66
Color and mail to All Good Media P.O. Box 8061 Paducah KY 42002 by October 31 for the chance to win a 4-pack of tickets to this event at the Carson Center in Paducah!
Adventure Begins in Metropolis The 44th Annual Fort Massac Encampment
f you have never been to see the encampment and reenactment at Fort Massac you have really missed out on amazing family fun. Always held the third weekend in October, this year’s encampment will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22.
Each day opens at 10am with the Posting of the Colures ceremony. Encampment participants and visitors assemble for a march and for the raising of the flags. Saturday activities end at 5pm and Sunday the encampment will draw to a close at 4:30pm. “The 2017 encampment will feature the thunderous boom of cannons and a tempting assortment of foods and activities,” explained Trish Steckenrider, Director at Greater Metropolis Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It is more than an oldtimey crafts fair - it pays tribute to Illinois' rich frontier history. Historical re-enactors and skilled craftspeople representing French, British and Americans gather at the encampment to demonstrate the skills and lifestyles of early residents in this area. You’ll be amazed at how large this event is and how much your children will enjoy seeing the people and activities as the encampment portrays life in the area from roughly 1750 to the early 1800s.” The encampment is famous for its colorful sights, tantalizing smells, fabulous tastes and stirring music. Visitors to the two-day event view military camps and buck skinner lodges, music groups and shop at booths with period food and drinks.
Battles & Tipis!
“The battle is always at 3pm! “ Steckenrider explained. “Canons fire and musket’s pop – there’s smoke and lots of noise! Re-enactors use the creek bed and visitors can stand up on the road with an excellent view of the whole battle. The crowds will be able to watch the authentically-garbed troops face off in the Battle of Drouillard Creek.” The battles do not portray any specific battle — none of the French, British or American soldiers actually stationed at the fort ever saw real battle there. The battles do depict how a typical battle of those times between French, British and colonial troops and their Indian allies might have looked.
Authentic Costumes & Dwellings
Participants in the encampment include French, British, colonial, Spanish and other military units; buck skinners and traders who dealt in the exploration and fur trade of the early territory and of course Native Americans. Re-enactor groups represent different time periods and areas in early Illinois history. Military re-enactors set up camps using materials and techniques of the 18th century and authentically uniformed troops engage in mock battles and tactical demonstrations each day. Participants stay in tents or tipis that are historically accurate for the time period and people represented by that group.
Lots to Browse & Shop
As usual there will be a large collection of craft stalls and craft demonstrations this year. They will be gathered near the fort and will turn wood, wool, clay, metal, leather, dried flowers and fabric into items for decoration and practical use. “All vendors have lean to tents as their display area,” explained Steckenrider. “The products that they sell and display must have been available during that time period. You can buy everything from a wooden sword to a wool blanket. There will be handmade baskets, forged metals items and period clothes and essentials such as candles, lanterns etc.”
Schedule of Events •
9am Sunday: Authentic Period Church Service
10am: Gates open with the Posting of the Colures by all garrison troupes and re-enactors at the Old Fort Area
10:30am: 2nd Royal Highlander’s Bagpipe Band at main event area
10:30am-4pm: Children’s Activities. storytelling, puppet shows & games
11:30am: Voyaguers Canoe welcome with Indians at the Riverfront
1pm: A Period Fashion Show takes place on the main stage.
3pm: Mock Battle/Military Tactical Demo at the Battlegrounds
11am - 3pm: Live Period Musical Entertainment at the main stage
5pm Saturday & 4:30pm Sunday: Military Retreat Closing Ceremonies at the Old Fort Area
5pm Sunday: Event Concludes
Delicious Homemade Food
For those who find that lively music, crisp autumn leaves and the smell of wood smoke from cooking fires have sharpened their appetites, the problem is not finding something to eat but deciding what to choose! “Food vendors, primarily local, will have a huge variety of items,” said Steckenrider. “The food they serve must have been available back in the early 1800’s. You can find ham and beans, elk burgers, barbecue, pumpkin pie, buffalo chili, delicious soups, stew, turkey legs, cookies, caramel-covered apples, and homemade lemonade and root beer. There is something to please every palate! Many churches and local organizations use this as fundraiser and are dressed in period costume just like all the other re-enactors.”
Fort Massac State Park
If you’ve driven through Metropolis you can’t miss Fort Massac State Park. Operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Park is the oldest state park in Illinois. It sits on the Ohio River on a strategic bend in the river which is probably why it was chosen as the site for a fort. There has been a fortification on the site since its first occupation during the French and Indian War from 17571763. The abandoned fort later was burned to the ground by a group of Chickasaw Indians, but the British, who occupied the area during the Revolutionary War, decided not to rebuild or garrison it. In 1778 the site came under the control of the United States, and in 1794 the fort was rebuilt to protect U.S. military and commercial interests in the Ohio valley through a commission from George Washington.
Fun For All Ages
During the encampment, children get their own special activities, too. Each year offers something different. Past years have included storytellers with folktales and legends, as well as volunteers who lead old-time games, including pumpkin rolling and needle-in-the-haystack. “Mother Goose, the story telling lady, will be there again to spin her wonderful tales and engage the younger attendees,” said Steckenrider. “Johnny Appleseed will also be performing for the children.
The encampment features a stage with live music. “As with everything else its authentic to the period,” explained Steckenrider. “It’s all 18thcentury music and the headliner is Highland Rain – always a huge crowd pleaser!”
Friday is School Day!
This year schoolchildren from around the southern Illinois and western Kentucky region will again visit the park on Friday before the encampment. The popular event has grown each year. “Over 3,500 children in grades K – 12 visited the encampment in 2016,” Streckenrider told me. “Children visit many of the vendor to learn how they are relevant to the time period and explain commerce at that time. We even fill a cannon full of candy and shoot it off. It may taste like gun powder but they love it! It’s great to see these kids, without their modern devices and phones, playing in the haystacks and rolling pumpkins in the races! Old fashioned games that are new and interesting to them.” If you would like to bring your group, or class or school to this day, please call ahead and register with Fort Massac State park. For more information about the Fort Massac Encampment, camping details, or other park activities, contact park staff at 618.524.4712. For more information about Metropolis area events, attractions and lodging, visit metropolistourism.com or call Greater Metropolis Convention and Visitors Bureau at 877.424.5025.
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It was destroyed for a second time by the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811 and 1812. The last time U.S. troops were stationed at the site was during the Civil War when the fort briefly served as a training camp. Replicas of forts have been built over the years. By the 1990’s, the 1794 American fort was deteriorating but funding for a new replica of the 1802 fort came in the nick of time. The fort and newly constructive visitors were used for fundraising dinners and even Boy Scout sleepovers. Unfortunately, structural damage resulting from improper construction has made the fort unsafe at this time. Plans for a new renovation are pending. The gate is open and visitors can walk through the site but the buildings can’t be entered. Friends of Fort Massac have raised funds for new playground areas and for emergency equipment around the fort. They have also secured the old Laidlaw building adjacent to the fort. Plans are in the works to renovate and clear the site and eventually to create a Massac village. Like the Homeplace at Land between the Lakes, this will be a living history site.
iPLAY by Amy Noles
Thriller on Broadway
Flash Mob & Fundraiser Supporting Family Service Society
ad you ever had a moment where a brilliant idea came into your head and you knew it was something you had to make happen? Last November, local dance teacher and Barre instructor Marci Paris, had just such an epiphany. She was watching a video where a flash mob of zombies danced to Michael Jackson’s song Thriller on the streets of Lexington, Kentucky. Although Paris was stuck at home at the time recovering from surgery after breaking her foot, she thought the idea and the dance were amazing. She instantly knew she had to recreate this event in Paducah once her foot had healed.”
Zombies for Charity!
The Paducah Zombie Walk is an annual event that takes place in October around Halloween. The event is created by a team of volunteers to give residents of the region an opportunity to put their
Paris shared her concept with Paducah Main Street’s director, Melinda Winchester, who also fell in love with the idea. They agreed to add a flash mob and Thriller dance to the Paducah Zombie Walk for 2017. Then she enlisted the help of Brandi Bone, owner of Soirees Event Center. Bone agreed to let Paris use Soiree’s for her practice sessions. Thriller on Broadway was born! “My husband and I love the Paducah Zombie Walk,” Paris told me. “We thought this would be the perfect addition to it and add more excitement to the event.”
“We want to have our dancers to emerge from behind cars and buildings and come together for the dance,” Paris told me. “Brandi Bone and I are not the kind of people to do anything carelessly. We plan to have many surprises up our sleeves!”
horror obsessions to good use - by dressing themselves up as zombies and infecting downtown Paducah! Organizers work hard to make this event fun for all ages to attend and participate in. It’s important to note that cost associated with the walk are paid for by the organizers. In order for this event to continue and get bigger and better, monetary donations are accepted at the walk.
Donations for Family Service Society
There is no cost to dance along with Thriller on Broadway. This event is planned as a charity event for the Family Service Society and they are asking for donations of canned foods and other items.
Professional Zombie Make-Up!
The 2017 Paducah Zombie Walk will be on Saturday, October 14, beginning at 4:30pm, at 9th Street and Broadway, next to Maiden Alley Cinema. Registration and make-up services will begin at 4pm. Have your make-up done by zombie professionals for a small donation of $3, or some canned food. The Thriller on Broadway dance team will assemble at approximately 5:45pm near Maiden Alley Cinema. For those not participating in the actual Paducah Zombie Walk, but who want to dance, Paris and her team will be set up at 2nd Street & Broadway around 5pm to provide make-up services as well.
Be A Part of Thriller!
Practices will be every Tuesday and Thursday until October 14 at Soirees Event Center from 6-7:30pm. It should only take you three sessions to learn the dance and be Thriller ready for the event. Can’t make these practices? You can visit their Thriller on Broadway Facebook page to see video tutorials of Paris teaching the dance. After the zombies from the walk make their way to the foot of Broadway, there will be a costume contest. Once this happens the Thriller dance is set to take place. Paris and Bone are envisioning having a giant, outdoor movie screen behind the dancers where the original Thriller scene will be on display behind the dancers.
Family Service Society In 1927, a group of men and women from Paducah came together to form a service agency to help the working poor in our area. They saw a need that was not being filled by the government and stepped in to help. 89 years later, Family Service Society (FSS) is still essential to this community of Paducah-McCracken County. They work hard to meet the needs of those with crisis needs situations in our community. You can help FSS by supporting them financially. They accept
Here's What You Can Donate:
Cereal, spaghetti, canned tuna and chicken, peanut butter, boxed potatoes, Ramen noodles, and canned fruit are great items to donate. New or gently used: adult clothing, children’s clothing, plus-sized clothing, undergarments, shoes in all sizes, clothing accessories, plastic hangers, and pant hangers are always appreciated too. Toiletry items such as shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, shaving cream, disposable razors, liquid hand soap, household cleaner, and laundry detergent are great donation items as well. Monetary donations are also needed and will go towards dental needs, utility bills, the food pantry, prescription assistance, clothing, eyeglasses, personal hygiene items, and cleaning supplies - to name a few. “We want this to become an annual charity event,” Paris added. “You know the kind where everyone looks forward to it each year.” For more information on this spooktacular event, please contact Marci Paris at 270.519.2770 or email her, email@example.com. You can also contact Brandi Bone at 270.816.3947 or events@soireeseventplanning. com.
monetary donations through cash, check, credit and debit card. You can also make a donation in honor or in memory of someone you love. FSS can always use volunteers at the center to help with clothing, canned food, daily activities, and special events. The Society provides Christmas Assistance Baskets to approximately 200 individuals and families. They also participate in two large fundraising events for Family Service Society each year: Barbeque on the River and Lourdes Paducah Iron Mom Half Marathon.
Addiction is a disease, not a choice. Seeking treatment is a choice. The Hazelden/Betty Ford designed COR-12 treatment program is the newest option for opioid abuse treatment at Four Rivers Behavioral Health. The program offers individually tailored medically assisted treatment in conjunction with intense counseling and a 12-step component. Addiction is a disease, and much like other illnesses, it is treatable. Addiction is not a character flaw and you are not to blame. However, you are to blame for choosing not to get treatment. For information about our substance abuse services, contact Four Rivers Behavioral Healthâ€™s Center for Specialized Addiction Services at 270.442.8039 or visit our COR-12 website at www.4rbhAddictionTreatment.org.
Substance Abuse Services
iLOVE IT by Amy Noles
WHO Are You?! The 1st Annual WHO Festival
ne of the joys of living in western Kentucky is the plethora of opportunities to enjoy local wildlife and the outdoors. Whether you like biking or walking on the Greenway trail in Paducah, or canoeing and paddle boarding around Land Between the Lakes, this region has something for everyone. It goes without saying that hunting and fishing are more popular than ever with families in the region. The Friends of Clarks River have partnered with several local organizations and businesses to host a new festival that will celebrate our wildlife, heritage and more! The public is invited to come and enjoy the first annual Wildlife, Heritage and Outdoor Festival (WHO Festival) at Mike Miller Park on October 20-21, 2017.
Wildlife, Heritage & The Outdoors
This festival will bring local communities together so that they can celebrate and promote the outdoor legacy unique to our area. The Wildlife, Heritage and Outdoor - WHO Festival has been planned as
a family-oriented event that celebrates all of the community assets, opportunities, and traditions which have contributed to a longstanding outdoor heritage in western Kentucky. Partnering with The Friends of Clarks River are the Marshall County Fiscal Court, Mike Miller Park, Community Financial Services Bank, Kentucky Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, Kentucky Lake Chamber of Commerce and Murray State University (MSU).
Friends of Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge The Friends of Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge is a group of volunteers that recognize the refugeâ€™s benefits to the community and are dedicated to its goals. The Friends assist with various activities such as the establishment and restoration of habitat, grant writing, promotion of refuge events, environmental education programs, and increasing wildlife recreation opportunities. Joining the Friends gives you an opportunity to help link the public to the refuge in order to promote awareness and a broader understanding of the refuge and the communityâ€™s role as stewards of the environment. 12
Festival will serve to attract a broad audience of outdoor enthusiasts to our community. Public land managers, organized community groups, outdoor recreation supply vendors and food vendors have been invited to contribute to the attraction and goals of the event. This festival is the first step towards promoting and enhancing the unique outdoor recreational opportunities available on both public and private lands in western Kentucky and the associated economic benefits of these opportunities. It’s an opportunity to highlight our connection with nature and our outdoor heritage, and the various ways we can contribute to the conservation and sustainability of our unique area. “The western Kentucky area has so many great opportunities for families to get outside and enjoy nature,” Friends of Clarks River member Maggie Morgan told me. “The Friends of Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge really thought that a festival showcasing many of these opportunities could be a great thing. We hope to create a culture that celebrates and values our outdoor heritage, and plans accordingly to maintain this heritage long into the future as our communities grow.”
For more information about this festival, visit kentuckylake.org or contact the Friends of Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge at 270.493.6196.
Wildlife Calling, Photography Contest, A Fishing Derby & More!
Festival activities will include a Big Buck Professional Scoring Exhibit and a Ducks Unlimited Wildlife Calling Contest with the MSU Wildlife Society. There will be live music from Garret Todd, the Liberty Boys, Jennifer Knight, Jenny and Jamie Jameson, and the Badgett Theater Performers and Band. Marshall County Photography Club is hosting a Wildlife Photography Contest. Kids can participate in a Youth Fishing Derby with Crappie USA. There will be a family bike ride, guided bird walks and various wildlife exhibits. The Jackson Purchase Foundation has even organized a Clarks River Family Float.
Something For Every Outdoor Enthusiast
The event will also include a Hunter Education Range Day which will be provided by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Festival attendees can take Archery Tutorials with Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, and there will be various other educational seminars. Additional family activities at the festival will include: • Jumping Like Wildlife bounce houses - The Friends of Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge • Animal Olympics - The Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge • Pumpkin Painting - Hutson, Inc. • Duck Hunt Simulation - Ducks Unlimited • Rocking Painting • Wildlife Furs - MSU Wildlife Society • Snakes - MSU Wildlife Society • Petting Zoo - Kara’s Creatures • Bowfishing Simulation • Face Painting • Wildlife Costume Contest & Trick or Treating • Smokey the Bear - US Forest Service • Get Your Goose on - Puddles & US Fish & Wildlife Service • Bee Keeping - Andy Todd • Illegal Wildlife Trafficking - US Fish & Wildlife Service
Protecting Our Heritage
Organizers are confident that with this much going on the WHO
iLEARN by Amy Noles
Howling and Hunting at McLib
ctober is upon us which means Halloween is right around the corner. Our area is packed with fall-related activities, but the McCracken County Public Library has two phenomenal events - the 5th annual Howl at the Moon community festival and Evenings Upstairs: Paranormal Ghostology.
Howl At The Moon
The library’s signature, free autumn event is set for Thursday, October 5 from 6:30-8:30pm in the library garden. Howl at the Moon is a fun, family friendly, free event. This year, the event is bigger and better than ever with a slew of activities and spectacular live music. This year’s concert features The Cruisers, whose musical styles include blues, classic rock, pop, country rock, funk, soul, and Motown. Hang out at the library and snack on free hot dogs and popcorn. “With Howl at the Moon, McLib aims to offer one of the best, free events in Paducah,” said Sarah McGowan, Adult Services Manager at McLib. “This is the fifth anniversary. It’s become one of the library’s signature programs, and library staff are looking forward to bringing the community together for one of the best free fall events in town. It’s a fun celebration for our current patrons, but also an invitation to everyone in the community to come discover what the library is all about.”
Door Prizes, Cornhole & More!
Crafts and activities for kids will be available, as well as cornhole games for festival-goers who prefer a competitive edge to their seasonal fun. Specially designed t-shirts will be available for purchase as well.
October’s edition of Evenings Upstairs blends perfectly with Halloween. McLib hosts Paranormal Ghostology presented by Gavin
Kelly, host and lead investigator for Amazon Prime's original series, The Paranormal Journey: Into the Unknown. The Paranormal Journey: Into the Unknown is a new paranormal TV show which will air on October 31st at 7pm. There are four episodes in season one, and production is underway on season two. Season
two will include ghostly excursions inside Tilghman House, the Hotel Metropolitan, and the Massac County Courthouse as well as many other locations they have lined up. At the McLib event on the 26th, Paula Purcell (researcher and historian for the TV show) will be joined by Gavin Kelly. They will be sharing their experiences while investigating and filming the TV show during their seminar on the 2nd floor of McLib. Those attending will find out just what it takes to be a paranormal investigator, the do's and don'ts of ghost hunting, and demonstrations of how the devices they use during the investigations work. There will also be a Q&A session.
Gavin Kelly grew up in Pasadena, California. As well as being a paranormal investigator he is also a country music singer, signed with an independent label. On October 12, 2012, he started flipping through the stations on his television and stopped on a show which has made him into the Investigator he is today. “I watched this particular show religiously. It started with three guys with cameras, going to the most haunted places in America,” Kelly told me. “I was glued to the screen. I never knew in my wildest dreams I would become friends with Aaron Goodwin from Ghost Adventures and Brad Klinge from Ghost Labs.”
He eventually found the courage to do an investigation of a residential house - armed with the bare minimum for gear: one Sony Handycam with night vision, two ghost meter pros, two digital cameras, and a digital recorder. Kelly made contact with the other side on his first attempt!
Paula Purcell was born and raised in Paducah, and is a mother of redheaded, teenage twin daughters. She has been working with children since she was 16. She has always been interested in the paranormal and got into the field about four years ago. Her first encounter was when she was a child. When she’s not working as a historical paranormal investigator, you can find her with the Girl Scouts; she has been a scout leader, service unit manager, cookie chair and camp counselor. This seminar will be filmed by the Public Access Network. The library is located at 555 Washington Street in downtown Paducah, across from Dolly McNutt Fountain Plaza. Call 270.442.2510 for more information or visit mclib.org.
iDOCTOR by Amy Noles
Mammograms Save Lives What to Expect When You Get Yours!
ctober marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness month, an annual campaign that aims to increase knowledge and awareness of the disease. It may seem surprising to many that there are still women that do not have regular mammograms. PAFM urges every woman over 40 to start having mammograms. Here is what to expect at these kinds of appointments. A closer look at the staggering stats about breast cancer reveal why this is an important cause to so many people. According to the American Cancer Society, every two minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer -- that’s everything from “stage zero” cancer (which some doctors believe shouldn’t even be called cancer) to the deadliest form: invasive breast cancer. The cancer organization also estimates that 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the United States this year. And an estimated 2,350 new cases will be diagnosed in men. Yes, men can get breast cancer too.
What Is A Mammogram?
A mammogram is a specific type of breast exam used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. This quick medical exam uses a noninvasive X-ray targeted to each breast, producing pictures that your doctor can use to identify and treat any abnormal areas, possibly indicating the presence of cancer.
Why Are Mammograms Important?
Annual mammograms can detect cancer early — when it is most treatable. In fact, mammograms show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Mammograms can also prevent the need for extensive treatment for advanced cancers and improve chances of breast conservation. Current guidelines from the American College of Radiology and the Society for Breast Imaging recommend that women receive annual mammograms starting at age 40 — even if they have no symptoms or family history of breast cancer.
When Should I Get A Mammogram?
Dr. Daniel Howard, a general surgeon at Mercy General Surgery, recommends that women start having mammograms at age 40 if a woman is at average risk for breast cancer. “Things that can increase risk for example include prior radiation to the chest, a strong family history of breast cancer, prior breast biopsies, or a history of dense breast tissue. If you have any of these risk factors, you may want to consider getting a mammogram earlier at age 35.” The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a part of the World Health Organization, estimated that in 2012, around 1.7 million new cases of breast cancer in women occurred worldwide. These numbers have influenced the need for early detection and screenings.
Mammograms Save Lives
According to the Food and Drug Administration, more than 39 million mammograms are performed each year in the United States. And those mammograms seem to have had an impact. The American Cancer Society reports that the breast cancer death rate is down 34% since 1990. As of Jan. 1, 2014, there were more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. “One in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime,” said Dr. Obiageli Ezewuiro, MD, Baptist Health Paducah oncologist. “It is the most common cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. Because early detection improves survival rates, the American Cancer Society recommends annual mammograms beginning at 40, or earlier if there is a family history of breast cancer.” Both Lourdes and Baptist Health Paducah offer three-dimensional mammography to detect the signs of early breast cancer. “Many doctors now recommend 3-D imaging mammography because up to 30 percent of cancers can be missed with traditional mammograms.” Dr. Ezewuiro told me. “Three-dimensional mammograms are the most advanced breast imaging technology, providing more detailed images of breast tissue for earlier and more accurate cancer detection while reducing the chance of being called back for a second look.”
How To Prepare For Your Mammogram
If you have a choice, use a facility that specializes in mammograms and does many mammograms a day. Try to go to the same facility every time so that your mammograms can easily be compared from year
to year. If you’re going to a facility for the first time, bring a list of the places and dates of mammograms, biopsies, or other breast treatments you’ve had before. If you’ve had mammograms at another facility, try to get those records to bring with you to the new facility (or have them sent there) so the old pictures can be compared to the new ones. Schedule your mammogram when your breasts are not tender or swollen to help reduce discomfort and get good pictures. Try to avoid the week just before your period. On the day of the exam, don’t wear deodorant or antiperspirant. Some of these contain substances that can show up on the x-ray as white spots. You might find it easier to
wear a skirt or pants, so that you’ll only need to remove your top and bra for the mammogram. Discuss any new findings or problems in your breasts with your health care provider before getting the mammogram. Don’t be afraid of mammograms! Remember that only two to four screening mammograms in 1,000 lead to a diagnosis of breast cancer.
Tips for Getting A Mammogram
These tips can help you have a good quality mammogram: •
Always describe any breast changes or problems you’re having
to the technologist doing the mammogram. Also describe any medical history that could affect your breast cancer risk - such as surgery, hormone use, breast cancer in your family, or if you’ve had breast cancer before. Before getting any type of imaging test, tell the technologist if you’re breastfeeding or if you think you might be pregnant.
What To Expect When Getting A Screening Mammogram
You’ll undress above the waist for your mammogram and the facility will give you a wrap to wear. A technologist will position your breasts for the mammogram. You and the technologist are the only ones in the room during the mammogram. To get a high-quality picture, your breast must be flattened. The technologist places your breast on the machine’s plate. The plastic upper plate is lowered to compress your breast for just a few seconds while the technologist takes a picture. The whole procedure takes about 20 minutes. You might feel some discomfort when your breasts are compressed. Tell the technologist if it hurts. Two views of each breast are taken for a screening mammogram. But for some women, such as those with breast implants or large breasts, more pictures may be needed.
What To Expect When Getting a Diagnostic Mammogram
More pictures are taken during a diagnostic mammogram with a focus on the area that looked different on the screening mammogram. The images are checked by the radiologist while you’re there so that more pictures can be taken if needed to look more closely at any area of concern.
How Will I Get My Mammogram Results?
A full report of the results of your mammogram will be sent to your health care provider. Mammography clinics must also mail women an easy-to-understand summary of their mammogram results within 30 days - or as quickly as possible if the results suggest cancer is present. If you want the full written mammogram report as well as the summary, you’ll need to ask for it. If you don’t hear from your health care provider within 10 days, do not assume that your mammogram was normal; call them or the facility where the mammogram was done. Mammograms save lives…do the smart thing and get yours!
by Britt Allgood
he fall leaves are changing and the cooler nights are here. My neighbors are putting up decorations and deciding on this year’s costume – yes, it’s starting to look a lot like Halloween!
Halloween has quickly become one of the biggest, non-gift giving, (although I guess they aren’t counting that candy we hand out,) holidays in the United States. It’s now being adopted in other countries – the traditions have been brought over by families at US military installations overseas. We not only decorate and get costumes but many people host parties on, or near, the 31st. Of course there’s themed food and I’m going to share some innovative Halloween meal ideas that will appeal to young and old. This is a cooking column after all.
The office favorite was the chocolate filled pumpkin made with cake and hazelnut spread. (This sounds so good I’m going to make a batch).
For the Adults
Every party needs a signature cocktail, especially a Halloween soiree. How about a Bloodsucker? They look tempting and will fit a Halloween theme. Live, Laugh, Love and Eat Well.
A Special Meal
Time is always a premium but you may not have time to spend in the kitchen while handing out candy or trick-or-treating with your kids. Stuffed Jack-olantern peppers can be made ahead of time and popped into the oven to bake. A ghoulish rat meatloaf is just gross enough to make Halloween dinner fun.
For the Kids
Halloween party treats should include more than just prepackaged candy. During my search, I found loads of recipes that contained gummy worms but two caught my attention.
tomato, garlic, chili sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper in a bowl. Wash the peppers and cut jack-o-lantern faces into them using a sharp paring knife. Slice off the tops of the peppers and scoop out the seeds and cores. Stuff the peppers with the meat mixture and place them into the prepared baking dish so that they lean against each other. Place the tops back on them peppers. Bake about 1 hours or until the peppers are tender and the stuffing is cooked through and juicy.
Ghoulish Rat (Meatloaf ) Serves 4 to 6
Jack-o-Lantern Stuffed Peppers Makes 6 peppers
6 bell peppers – red, orange or yellow work best 1 LB ground beef or turkey 1 small onion, chopped 1 small tomato, diced 1 egg 4 slices whole wheat bread, cubed 2 cloves garlic, minced ½ cup chili sauce ¼ cup prepared yellow mustard 3 TBSP Worcestershire sauce ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
2 LBS Ground beef ½ onion chopped 1 cup dry bread crumbs 1 package of meatloaf seasoning or onion soup mix 1 cup cubed cheddar cheese Three – 10oz cans of tomato sauce or a large jar of Marinara 1 cup white sugar (Personally I omit the added sugar) 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce 1oz uncooked spaghetti, broken into ¼ lengths ½ to 1 carrot, peeled and cut into 1/8 inch thick slices 1 TBSP frozen green peas Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, egg, bread crumbs, and seasoning. Use your hands to mix until well blended. Measure out 1/3 cupful’s of the meat mixture and mold it around a cube of cheese like a meatball. Shape into a point at one end and lengthen the body a bit by rolling between your hands. Place your “rat” into a shallow baking dish and repeat the process until you have used all the meat. Insert a piece of uncooked spaghetti into the rounded end of each rat to make a tail. In a medium bowl, stir together the tomato sauce, sugar and
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x8 inch baking dish. Lightly mix together the ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, onion,
Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the rats in the dish and cover with lid or foil. Bake for 45 minutes and then uncover the dish and bake for another 20 to 30 minutes, basting occasionally with the sauce to glaze the rats. While the rats finish baking, heat the peas and carrots in a small bowl in the microwave for about 15 to 20 seconds. Carefully transfer the rats to a serving platter so that their delicate tails don’t fall off. Press peas into the pointy ends like eyes and insert carrot slices to make ears. Spoon some of the tomato sauce around them to serve. You could pair the rats with some macaroni and cheese. Spread the mac and cheese on a plate and place the rat in the middle and coat with a bit of the sauce.
Chocolate-Filled Pumpkins 1 batch of vanilla cake batter, prepared per manufacturer’s directions 1 container orange food color paste ½ cup heavy cream 12oz white chocolate chips 2 cups chocolate hazelnut spread 6 cinnamon sticks, cut in half (for total of 12 sticks) Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 12-cavity mini Bundt cake pans, or make in two batches with one pan.
When cakes are firm, use a serrated knife and level each mini cake so the bottoms are flat. Place the cakes back into the pan for stability and use a teaspoon to dig out a ¼ inch deep trench around the center hole, leaving ¼ inch of cake on both sides. Repeat for all cakes. Place the chocolate hazelnut spread into the trench to just below level with the cake. Place the orange ganache into a zip lock bag and cut off a small corner creating a piping bag and pipe a thin line along the outer and inner rims of the cake. Pair up a top and bottom cake, turning one upside down and placing it on top of the other to glue them together. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Place the white ganache into another zip lock bag and cut off a small corner. Pipe the white ganache over the cakes, starting in the center and allowing the ganache to drip down the sides. Place a piece of cinnamon stick in the center of each cake to be the stem.
The Bloodsucker (for adults) Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz. Bacardi "0" 1/2 oz. Cointreau 2 oz. pineapple juice 1 Tbs. strawberry or raspberry puree Preparation: Pour rum, Cointreau and juice into a shaker with ice. Shake mixture, then pour into a rocks glass. Dip the end of a drinking straw into the berry puree, hold the tip of your finger over the other end and use the straw to squirt puree into the bottom half-inch of the drink, where it will sink in red blobs. Do not stir.
Fold 1 tsp of food coloring into the cake batter. Divide the batter among the Bundt cake cups, filling them about ¾ full. Bake until the tops spring back when touched, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Chill in the freezer for 20 minutes or until firm. Make the ganache: In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the heavy cream and white chocolate chips and microwave on high in 1 minute intervals, stirring for 2 minutes in between, until there are no lumps. Measure out ½ cup ganache and stir in ¼ tsp food coloring and set aside. Leave the remaining ganache white.
iSUPPORT by Amy Noles
Adam Is Your Buddy The 2017 Down Syndrome Buddy Walk
can't imagine my life without my spunky, sweet, precious Adam,” McCracken County Public School teacher Lana Dycus told me. “He is truly my favorite person in the world! Adam is an 18 year old boy who attends high school, loves watching St. Louis Cardinals’ baseball games, listening to music and going on trips. Adam is a typical kid except he has Down syndrome! ” Down syndrome (DS) is a chromosomal abnormality that affects around 700 births per year in the United States. DS has no known cause but does occur more often the older the mother when she becomes pregnant. Down syndrome is a condition that results in the child having special needs with development delays. They can be more likely to have many medical conditions and may require more assistance with daily living.
Annual Buddy Walk
Each year Dycus, together with other parents of DS children, celebrate them at the Buddy Walk. The Buddy Walk was developed by the
National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate National Down Syndrome Awareness month which is October. At Buddy Walk they promote acceptance and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome. Paducah’s 16th annual Buddy Walk will be held October 21, 2017, at Noble Park in Paducah. The Down Syndrome Association of Western Kentucky (DSAWK) organizes the Buddy Walk. DSAWK considers the event a celebration of those with DS. The walk starts at 12pm at the pavilion area across from the ballparks, and it is free. Activities include bouncy houses, dancing, talent show, face painting and a silent auction. Food and shirts are available for a donation. If you are a special guest with DS, your t-shirt is free.
Join The Celebration!
A short program recognizing the sponsors of the event and the grand marshals is held at 2pm. Following the program everyone lines up to take the short walk to celebrate those with DS. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend, and it's guaranteed to put a smile on your face! If you would like to volunteer, make a monetary donation, make a silent auction donation or would just like more information, please contact Lana Dycus at 270.564.0949.
Funds Raised Really Make a Difference
The DSAWK Buddy Walk’s main goal is to promote awareness and acceptance of Down syndrome but it is also the main fundraiser for
the DSAWK. Funds raised benefit local families and individuals with DS and a portion of proceeds also go to their affiliate of National Down Syndrome Society. Monies raised have benefited both local families and the community. It has assisted with funding for therapeutic horseback riding and purchased current books about Down syndrome for local and school libraries. It has funded technological devices for individuals with DS and assisted parents in attending conferences to gain information about DS. It has also paid for the design and purchase of packets for new parents of babies with DS, and much more.
A True Blessing
If you’re unfamiliar with DS it may be a frightening diagnosis but it
The Down Syndrome Association of Western Kentucky
The Down Syndrome Association of Western Kentucky (DSAWK) strives to promote public awareness and acceptance of individuals with Down syndrome by providing information, resources and support in our community. Locally DSAWK provide doctors and hospitals with new parent packs and phone numbers of members for support. When possible, they go with families if they are having surgery. They host social events throughout the year hoping to connect with new families so members can see the support that’s available.
shouldn’t be. “All the parents of DS kids that I know would agree that having a child with Downs is a blessing,” said Dycus. “Even though people with DS are all different they love life and bring a lot of joy to everyone who knows them.” “I have heard so many people tell me that people with Down syndrome are some of their favorite people,” Dycus told me. “My son, Adam, practically has a fan club and I’ve grown accustomed to people coming up to me in a store, party, or restaurant and asking how Adam is doing – whether he’s with me or not. I feel very blessed to know that so many other people love my son.”
DSAWK can help families obtain medical coverage or additional coverage, therapies, and respite, regardless of their income. DSAWK has purchased communication applications and other educational materials for children. They have hosted educational symposiums, so parents can learn more about successful learning tools and strategies. They have a library of DVDs from Down Syndrome Education International, DownsEd. DownsEd is an organization in which researchers from around the globe come together and study how children with Down syndrome learn. This provides a wealth of knowledge for parents and educators in this community, who otherwise could not go to the conferences. The DSAWK also pays conference fees for parents to attend Down syndrome related conferences. DSAWK is made up of mostly family and extended family members whose lives have graciously been touched by Down syndrome. They are also privileged to have individuals with DS and other individuals in our community to serve with them.
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Elf, Jr. Auditions @MainstageSchoolOfPerformingArts MainStage School of Performing Arts mymainstageschool.com 270.558.4249 A children's theatre production. Prime Rib Lunch 10am-2pm The Parlor, Lone Oak @5thAnnualPrimeRibBruchFundraiser 270.558.4249 Proceeds benefit Impact One Initiative in Zambia. Buffet & drink, silent auction with original African artwork & crafts. $18 minimum donation requested. 4th Annual Blanket Drive 12-6pm Mayfield High School facebook.com/groups/497015877125056 270.247.4461 Proceeds benefit Impact One Initiative in Zambia. Buffet & drink, silent auction with original African artwork & crafts. $18 minimum donation requested.
FREE Taco 'Bout Your Favorite Book 10am-4pm Metropolis Public Library metropolispubliclibrary.com 618.524.4312 Kids age 12 & under are invited to read some books & earn some prizes. The kid who reads the most will win a grand prize
FREE Toolbox Garden Series: Azaleas 5-6pm McCracken Co. Cooperative Extension mccrackenextension.org 270.554.9520 Learn from gardening expert & horticulturist Randall Channell as he talks all about azaleas; how to grow them, when to grow them, & best care taking practices.
FREE Read It, Make It, Take It 3-4pm McCracken Co. Public Library mclib.net 270.442.2510 This month's book: Esperanza Rising. Craft: yarn dolls. Hurricane Harvey Animal Shelter Relief 9am Chip Wynn Motors missingbella.org 270.443.1728 Missing Bella will be traveling to Texas to assist shelters with animals. We are gathering a need list from Texas. Chip Wynn Motors will be our drop-off location.
FREE Striving for Silver 6:30-8pm 711 Jefferson St., Paducah gskentuckiana.org 888.771.5170 Teaching girls how to look around their neighborhoods/schools & find ways to make a change for the better. Adults learn to guide girls to identify issues cared about by exploring/developing projects. Let's Plan A Future Together 6:30-7:30pm Dry Ground Brewing mclib.net 270.442.2510 Join director Susan Baier In an open discussion about the future direction of the McCracken Public Library.
FREE Feast of St. Francis & Blessing of the Animals 5-7pm Grace Episcopal Church, Paducah graceepiscopalpaducah.org 270.443.1363 In celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals & ecology. Bring a dish to share & your beloved pets. No creature too large or small
FREE Musical Story Time! Mozart Was a Little Boy 11:30am-12:30pm McCracken Co. Public Library mclib.net 270.442.2510 3rd-5th graders learn about the life & times of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. iluminate 6:30-8pm The Carson Center thecarsoncenter.org 270.450.4444 An entertainment technology company that combines state-of- theart technology with electrifying entertainers who perform in the dark to create the ultimate performing arts experience. FREE 5th Annual Howl at the Moon 6:30-8:30pm McCracken Co. Public Library mclib.net 270.442.2510 Fall-themed activities, food, & live music that everyone can enjoy.
FREE Adult Night: Spades 7-10pm metropolispubliclibrary.com Bring a partner & play spades.
Hotel Metropolitan 270.443.7918
FREE Flu Shot Clinic 10am-Noon McCracken Co. Public Library mclib.net 270.442.2510 Sponsored by Lourdes Hospital. No insurance required. Minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. FREE Go for the Gold - Ring Event 4-7pm Noble Park facebook.com/Xtra-Inning-Baseball-1529594717297730 731.614.8395 12U West KY Outlaws. Hocus Pocus 4pm Maiden Alley Cinema maidenalleycinema.org 270.441.7007 After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem on Halloween night, & it is up to two teen-agers, a young girl & an immortal cat to put an end to the witches' reign of terror once & for all. Book for Hope Silent Auction 7-10pm rhccgolf.com Dinner, dancing, & silent auction.
Rolling Hills Country Club 270.554.4508
FREE Trelawney's Tea Party 2-3pm McCracken Co. Public Library mclib.net 270.442.2510 Teens can concoct their own blend of tea, then read their fortune from the tea leaves that remain.
FREE Racer Day II 2-3pm Murray State University mclib.net 270.442.2510 Open house style visits where students have the opportunity to meet the Office of Recruitment & Transfer Center staff, professors, & student organization representatives. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with Financial Aid & Scholarship office staff. Campus tours will be available at the close of the event.
FREE Taco 'Bout Your Favorite Book Party 4:30-5:30pm Metropolis Public Library metropolispubliclibrary.com 618.524.4312 Kids age 12 & under are invited to read some books & earn some prizes. The kid who reads the most will win a grand prize.
Diversity in the Workplace 8am-12pm Emerging Technology Center ws.kctcs.edu 270.554.9200 Information on the different ways that we are all diverse & how this can have a positive impact. Lunch included.
FREE Hogwarts Homecoming 5-7pm McCracken Co. Public Library mclib.net 270.442.2510 Harry Potter-themed events for all ages. Polyjuice potion, pumpkin juice, a sorting station, photo ops, a potions class, quidditch try-outs, & a horcrux scavenger hunt!
Murray State Kappa Delta Fall Festival 5-7pm 909 Waldrop Drive, Murray gskentuckiana.org 888.771.5170 Lots of fall themed activities including face painting, bobbin' for apples, etc.
Tyler Kinchen & The Right Pieces 9pm harrahsmetropolis.com Enjoy some fresh R&B music.
Harrah's Metropolis 618.524.2628
FREE Credit & Money Management Class 10am-Noon McCracken Co. Public Library mclib.net 270.442.2510 Space is limited. Learn how to establish or increase your credit score, create a budget, read a credit report & what can be done to correct errors that may negatively affect your credit rating. FREE CASA Carnival & Chili Challenge 10am-2pm Mike Miller Park casabythelakes.org 270.761.0164 Chili Challenge, Corn Hole Tournament & games for all ages. Come dressed as your favorite movie character for a chance to win the Costume Contest.
FREE 2nd Annual Harvest Festival 1-6pm Jonathan Creek Camp & Conference Center gocrossings.org/events 502.491.7000 Enjoy free popcorn, cotton candy & nachos along with a pie baking contest, pumpkin patch, hay maze, sack races, zip lines, pumpkin games, laser tag, live music, pumpkin painting, bazooka ball & more! Dinner available for $5.
FREE Paducah Zombie Walk 4:30pm 9th & Broadway @thepaducahzombiewalk 270.331.1574 Put your horror obsession to good use, dress up as a zombie & infect the downtown Paducah area. Participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food or money donation. Professional makeup services available beginning at 4pm with a $3 donation. Proceeds benefit Paducah Family Services.
Thriller on Broadway 5pm Broadway, near Maiden Alley Cinema facebook.com/thriller-on-broadway 270.519.2770 Have you ever wanted to learn the Thriller choreography? Ever wanted to dress up as a Zombie? Ever wanted to dance in the middle of a street? Well here's your chance! After Paducah Zombie Walk, the community is invited to come perform the Thriller dance! Give a donation of non-perishable foods or cleaning supplies to learn the dance & participate in the BIG dance.
2017 Infertility, Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Walk 5-8pm Noble Park facebook.com/thriller-on-broadway 270.519.2770 Honoring babies gone to soon, walk to remember them, walk in hopes of ones that haven't been, & walk to celebrate others. FREE Something From Nothing Podcast Taping 7-8pm McCracken Co. Public Library mclib.net 270.442.2510 Justin Lewis will host his podcast in front of a live audience in this special after-hours program at the library.
Fall Festival 4-8pm Calvary Temple Church, Murray @CTCmurray 270.753.7389 cookoffs, costume contests, hayrides and more!
NATIONAL BOSSES DAY
St. Jude Charity Golf Scramble 8am-1pm Miller Memorial Golf Course millermemorialgc.com 270.809.2238 Murray State University St. Jude Up 'til Dawn is hosting a charity golf scramble to raise funds & awareness for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital!
FREE Love on a Leash 6:30-7:30pm McCracken Co. Public Library mclib.net 270.442.2510 Children will have a chance to meet & interact with pet therapy dogs in training! These dogs love to hear stories, especially from children. FREE Olive Oil Cooking Class 11am-1pm McCracken Co. Cooperative Extension mccrackenextension.org 270.554.9520 Recipes include Classic Tuscan Bruschetta, You're a Gourmet Chef Pasta, Crazy Good Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin, Balsamic Green Beans & Last Minute Brownies! This workshop is limited to 20 participants & registration is required.
Fright Night 7pm Maiden Alley Cinema maidenalleycinema.org 270.442.7723 When a teenager learns that his next door neighbour is a vampire, no one will believe him.
FREE Entrepreneurship 101 7-8pm McCracken Co. Public Library mclib.net 270.442.2510 Topics discussed include: identifying needs & solving them through business creation, ideas on securing capital & financing for your business, the importance of networking & collaboration, when to leave your day job & experiences on juggling your new business & a family.
FREE WHO Festival All Day Mike Miller Park kentuckylake.org 270.493.6196 Family friendly festival celebrating our wildlife, heritage & outdoors.
5th Annual Slabtown Festival 9am-4pm Symsonia Elementary School facebook.com/events/276514902752763 270.851.3231 Local vendors, food vendors, kids zone, & the annual 5K Dust Dash. FREE Pet Blessing 10am-12pm Broadway United Methodist Church bumc-paducah.org 270.443.2401 Community activities in the back parking lot of the church. Pets must be on a leash or in a cage/crate. FREE 44th Annual Ft. Massac Encampment 10am Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis metropolistourism.com 618.524.4712 Step back in time to the late 1700â€™s & celebrate the heritage of Fort Massac. Period food, vendors, & re-enactors. Annual Tymeless Hearts Carnival 10am-5pm Chestnut Park, Murray facebook.com/events/276514902752763 Raising money for local children with congenital heart defects & their families. Lots of fun with family-friendly events. Children's Halloween Party 11am Fancy Farm Vineyard & Winery @FFVandW 270.623.8787 Bring the children out for some special fun. Make your own trick or treat bags. Face painting, hay rides through the vineyard. Treats provided. All children accompanied by an adults. 16th Annual Buddy Walk 12pm Noble Park dsawk.com/buddy_walk 270.564.0949 Bouncy houses, dancing, talent show, face painting & a silent auction. Food & shirts available for a donation. If you are a special guest with DS, your t-shirt is FREE.
FREE 44th Annual Ft. Massac Encampment 10am-5pm Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis metropolistourism.com 618.524.4712 See October 21 description. FREE Knitted Knockers 2-3pm Itty Bitty Knitty Shop ibkshop.biz 270.709.3270 In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness come join others in making knit/ crochet prostheses for women who have had mastectomies & are waiting for, or choose not to have reconstructive surgery. There will be contest & door prizes as well as pink food & beverages.
FREE Shorts & Stouts Discussion: The Lottery and The Possibility of Evil 4-7pm Dry Ground Brewing Co. mclib.net 270.442.2510 ext. 119 Led by Matt Jaeger. Copies of Shirley Jackson's Collected Stories can be checked out from the library. Kidâ€™s Fall Fishing Derby 4:30-6pm Country Club of Paducah ccofpaducah.com 270.554.7914 Age Ranges for Prizes: 7 & Under, 8 & Over. Bring your own bait & equipment. Complimentary hot dogs while they last. $5/child.
UNITED NATIONS DAY
HR Employment Law 5:30-7pm Cyber Cafe, Emerging Technology Center firstname.lastname@example.org Attorney David Kelly will present this month's program on HR Employment Law. Dinner, program & business meeting will follow. RSVP required. First time guests are always FREE.
FREE Landscape Drawing Class 9:30-11am & 1-2:30pm McCracken Co. Cooperative Extension mccrackenextension.org 270.554.9520 Hands-on interactive workshop where we'll learn all about designing your dream landscape! All supplies are provided, no green thumb required. Hunter's Night Out 6-9pm Paducah Shooter's Supply paducahshooters.com 270.443.3758 Lowest prices of the season throughout the entire store. A gun will be given away daily & a bow will be given away on Saturday. FREE Evenings Upstairs - Paranormal Ghostology 7-8pm McCracken Co. Public Library mclib.net 270.442.2510 In-depth look at ways you can learn the difference between normal (man-made) & the paranormal. Discussing how to detect & avoid false positives. Also examining various instruments used for investigations & The Phantasmic Ghost Hunters will share from their unique experiences working in the field.
Hunter's Night Out 9am-6pm paducahshooters.com See October 26 description.
Paducah Shooter's Supply 270.443.3758
m-pact 7pm Clemens Fine Arts Center artsinfocus.org 270.534.3212 A cutting edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music.
Run LBL Half Marathon & 10K 8am Lighthouse Landing, Grand Rivers ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=43208 270.362.0152 Finish line in front of the Grand Rivers Tourism Office. Chip timing & rapid results. Medals given as soon as participants cross the finish line. Wizarding World of Spells & Potions 9am-2pm Bear Creek Aquatic Center, Benton gskentuckiana.org 888.771.5170 Try your hand at spell writing & make your very own spell book during Spells Class, explore mixing ingredients in Potions Class (& sample the Polyjuice), use your magic to keep the Dementor at bay during Defense Against the Dark Arts Class. Demonstrate your skill at indoor Quidditch! Hunter's Night Out 9am-6pm paducahshooters.com See October 26 description.
Paducah Shooter's Supply 270.443.3758
The Beach Boys 7:15-10pm The Carson Center thecarsoncenter.org 270.450.4444 Led by Mike Love & Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill & Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. This tour will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks.
FREE Trunk or Treat 7:15-10pm benchmarkfamilyservices.org An evening of spooktacular fun.
Benchmark Family Services 270.408.1361
FREE Reed & Ashton Masterson's Impossible Magic 6pm WKCTC benchmarkfamilyservices.org 270.554.9200 Get ready to be curious, wowed, & mystified as magical talents are displayed.
Woof-tober & Howl-O-Ween 10:30am-4pm Stuart Nelson Park paducahky.gov/parks-services-department 270.444.8508 Rover Run/Walk, free pet parade & costume contest, free spooky pet pictures will be taken as well as a free raffle. Discounts on vaccinations, micro chipping & much more. Get a Clue 4-8pm Bear Creek Aquatic Center, Benton gskentuckiana.org 888.771.5170 Put on your thinking caps & join Troop 774 for a Clue inspired murder mystery dinner. Collect & compare fingerprints, conduct blood splatter analysis, & interview suspects to solve the murder. Dinner will be spaghetti, fettuccine Alfredo, salad, & toasted bread (served at 6pm). FREE Halloween Party 5-7pm Metropolis Public Library metropolispubliclibrary.com 618.524.4312 Costume contest, spooky games & ghoulish snacks for the entire family! Please register by October 23. 2017 Distillerâ€™s Dinner 6:30-10pm The Carson Center thecarsoncenter.org 270.450.4444 Begins with reception (appetizers & cocktails) followed by a seated dinner. Beverages include Green Brier Distilleryâ€™s Belle Meade bourbon, house wine or beer & coffee.
31 TUESDAY HALLOWEEN
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 Halloween Parade & Zombie Flash Tour 2-5pm Clinton, KY kygrro.org 270.705.0506 Halloween Kids' Day at the museum (2pm) with walk-through trickor-treating, both museum & Dr. Lamkin Office. Bags provided at the museum. Zombies giving out treats in every room. Halloween parade (4pm) begins near the courthouse. Candy Drop, hot dogs & drinks following the parade (Courthouse Lawn).
ON-GOING EVENTS & NOTICES FREE Baby & Me McCracken County Public Library. OCTOBER 3, 17, 31 11-11:30am. Special story time for babies 0-2 years of age. mclib.net Bags of Love McCracken Co. Cooperative Extension. 3RD 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. 2ND MONDAY 6pm (April-October); 4TH SUNDAY 2pm (November-March). People who share a common interest in history & preserving the primary & secondary records in these counties. 270.210.3538 Charitable Bingo Ballard County Board of Education, 264 E Kentucky Drive, Barlow. THURSDAYS 270.665.9844
FREE Daughter Date Night. Graves County Public Library. 1ST TUESDAYS 5pm. Moms & daughters (ages 5-12) meet to make a craft. FREE Family Game Night. McCracken County Public Library, 555 Washington Street, Paducah. THURSDAYS 5-8pm. mclib.net FREE Family Game Night. Graves County Public Library. 2 ND TUESDAYS 5pm Clue, Monopoly, Apples to Apples Jr., & Blink. Wii also available. Kids under 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 Guided Meditation. Wildhair Studios' Rock Shop. 1ST TUESDAYS 6-7pm. 270.444.6115 nicerockshop.com Karaoke Mondays Big Apple Cafe, Murray, KY. MONDAYS 8pm-Midnight 270.759.8866 bigapplemurray.com FREE Knitting (& Crocheting) Club. McCracken County Cooperative Extension. 1 ST MONDAYS 9:30am Beginner through seasonal knitters welcome. 270.554.9520 mccrackenextension.org FREE Kuttawa Film Fest Kuttawa Glenn Park Baseball Field & Playground. OCTOBER 7, 14, 21, 28 6:30pm Cornhole tournament, costume contest with prizes & giveaways. Free popcorn to anyone in costume related to the movie being shown that night. All food for purchase from nonprofit community groups. 270.388.7151 kuttawafilmfest.com 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 L.I.F.E. Community Marriage Enrichment. 1ST SUNDAYS 6-7pm. Discuss issues that hinder marriage & how to overcome them. 270.575.3823. FREE Love Books & Love Bikes? McCracken County Public Library. Check-out books; check-out a bike lock. (Use your library card.) mclib.net McCracken County Humane Society Pet Adoptions. PetSmart. 3RD WEDNESDAYS 10amâ€“5pm mccrackenhumane.org FREE Mother Goose. Marshall County Public Library @Benton. WEDNESDAYS Stories, crafts & games for children 2-3. 10-10:30am marshallcolibrary.org Oktoberfest. Maiden Alley Cinema. OCTOBER 20 6pm Beer Dinner at Freight House; OCTOBER 21 10:30am-5pm Beer. Sausage. Dance. Repeat; OCTOBER 22 11am New Orleans Style Brunch at Max's Brick Oven Cafe. maidenalleyoktoberfest.com FREE Paducah Community Chorus. First Christian Church. TUESDAYS 7pm. Open to the public. 270.443.8251 email@example.com Paducah Farmers' Market. North 2nd & Monroe Streets. MONDAYS-FRIDAYS 7:30am-3:30pm; SATURDAYS 7:30am-2pm; Variety of local, homegrown products including fresh fruit & vegetables, meats, eggs, dairy products, artisan & baked goods as well as good eats from local lunch vendors. 270.444.8508 paducahky.gov/farmers-market
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 Paducah Photographer’s Club. Paducah School of Art & Design, 905 Harrison Street. 1ST MONDAYS 6:30pm. An opportunity to learn, share, network & form new friendships! firstname.lastname@example.org Smokehouse Magic Homeplace 1850s Working Farm & Living History Museum. WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY 10am-4pm. Peek inside the smokehouse & smell the rich aroma as the green hickory wood works its magic on the salted pork. The rich smoke will put the finishing touches on the family’s pork supply. $5 (13 & up), $3 (ages 5-12), FREE for ages 4 & under. 270.924.2233 landbetweenthelakes.us
ART GALLERIES, EXHIBITIONS & MUSEUMS Art Guild of Paducah McCracken County Public Library. 1ST TUESDAYS 6pm. 270.554.4803, 270.210.1465, 270.331.3087 Downtown Paducah Civil War Walking Tour Paducah Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. Using the map, drawn by hand in 1861 by a Federal Captain of occupying troops in Paducah, follow the path of historical markers to discover the city”s important role during the Civil War. 800.PADUCAH Clara M. Eagle Art Gallery 6th Floor, Price Doyle Fine Arts Building, Murray State University. MONDAY-FRIDAY 8 am -5pm . Closed university holidays. A dramatic & exciting multi-level exhibition space located within the
Smoothie Happy Hour Tropical Smoothie Café, Paducah. EVERY DAY 8-9am. All smoothies half off. 270.557.7348 @TropicalSmoothieCafePaducah FREE Story Hour. Graves County Public Library. THURSDAYS 10am Stories, games, crafts, playtime, & snacks! gravescountypubliclibrary.org FREE Story Hour. Marshall County Public Library @ Benton WEDNESDAYS 1-2pm; @Calvert City TUESDAYS 10-11am; @Hardin. THURSDAYS 1-2pm marshallcolibrary.org FREE Story Hour. Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis Street. THURSDAYS 11am. 618.524.4312 FREE Story Hour. Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis Street. THURSDAYS 11am. 618.524.4312 FREE 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 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. mclib.net 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 Trivia Night Casa Laguna, Calvert City. TUESDAY NIGHTS Get your friends together for a night of great food & fun trivia. 270.395.0045 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 FREE Wonder Time McCracken County Public Library. TUESDAYS 4-6pm. Encouraging curiosity & promoting self-expression. mclib.net
Department of Art & Design at Murray State University. 270.809.6734 murraystate.edu Clemens Fine Art Center Gallery 4810 Alben Barkley Drive, Paducah. A Curated Life: Mediations Between Art, Objects & Ideas THROUGH OCTOBER 13 5-7pm 270.534.3212 artsinfocus.org
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. 270.442.8856 quiltmuseum.org Adult Beginner Quilting Class. THURSDAYS 5:30-8:30pm; Volunteer Meeting. 1 ST THURSDAY 2-3pm; Pieced Together THROUGH OCTOBER 17; Joy: Quilts by Libby Lehman THROUGH OCTOBER 17
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, and more. Everyone welcome. Call for price. 270.443.7918 thehotelmetropolitan.org
Paducah School of Art & Design 409 Broadway Street, Paducah 270.408.4278 paducahschoolofartanddesign.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
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
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
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
Second Saturday Studio/Gallery Walk Lower Town Paducah 2ND SATURDAY Visit galleries & studios; open by appointment & special event weekends. paducahmainstreet.org
Market Square Art Walk Art Guild of Paducah, 115 Market House Square. 3RD THURSDAY 5-8pm. Area art galleries & shops offer a variety of new artwork, plus treats & surprises each month. artguildofpaducah.org
Yeiser Art Center 200 Broadway Street, Paducah. A permanent exhibition space & permanent collection as well as rotating exhibits. 270.442.2453 theyeiser.org
Murray Art Guild 500 North 4th Street, Murray. TUESDAY-SATURDAY 10am3pm. 270.753.4059 murrayartguild.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. Minimum of two teachers per classroom. Professional & dedicated teachers. Imaginative learning environment where your child gets ready for their next step. 270.443.5306 email@example.com ibcpaducah.org
CHILDREN'S & TEEN GROUPS Boy Scout Troop 1 Grace Episcopal Church, 820 Broadway Street, Paducah. MONDAYS 6:30pm (except October 9) 270.559.1515 troop1paducah.com Girl Scout Activity Listings kyanags.org & gskentuckiana.org.
COMMUNITY RESOURCES & EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FREE Alzheimer's Support Group. Graves County Public Library 1ST WEDNESDAY Respite provided with one day notice for $6.60/hour. 270.564.4498. Ballard County Community Food Pantry St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 662 Broadway, LaCenter. Open MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS 9am– Noon for food distribution & to receive non–perishable donations. 270.665.5551
FREE Community Closet 604 S 21st Street, Paducah. Does your family need some extra help with clothes? The community closet at Trinity Baptist Church is open the 2ND & 4 TH TUESDAY & THURSDAY from 10am-2pm for McCracken County residents. Please bring a valid form of ID. Gently-used clothing donations are accepted any day of the week. 270.442.1013 FREE Community Food Pantry 604 S 21st Street, Paducah. Does your family need some extra help with groceries this month? The food pantry at Trinity Baptist Church is open the 3RD TUESDAY from 11am2pm for McCracken County residents. Please bring a valid form of ID. Non-perishable food donations are accepted any day of the week. 270.442.1013 Domestic Violence Information Session McCracken County Courthouse, Family Court, Room “E” , Paducah. 270.443.6071, ext. 5. 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 Grief Support. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Borders Community Room. Sponsored by Milner & Orr. 1ST FRIDAYS 5-9pm 270.898.8796 Grief Support Lunch. Luke’s Truckstop, Arlington. 1ST TUESDAYS 11:30am. lfondaw@lourdes–pad.org 270.415.3607. Healthy Grieving Group. Paducah Lourdes North Plaza. MONDAYS (except holidays). 5pm. 270.415.3636
Hospice Grief Support Group. Lourdes North Plaza, 911 Joe Clifton Drive, Paducah. MONDAYS except holidays. 5-6:30pm. 270.415.3636 KY Poison Control Center kypoisoncontrol.com
Kosair Children’s Hospital. 1.800.222.1222
FREE meals served: Family & Community Kitchen Meals/ Noon-1pm Fellowship. Broadway UMC, 701 Broadway Street, Paducah (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. Men’s Coffee Grief Education & Support Group. Bob Evans Restaurant, Paducah. 1ST THURSDAYS except holidays. 8am. 270.415.3632 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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.
Paducah Lifeline Ministries. Counseling & help for life–controlling addictions. Call 270.443.4743. 2801
Beginner Pole Fitness Verticality Pole and Aerial Fitness, 314 Broadway, Ste 102, Paducah. EVERY DAY 4pm 270.349.0421 verticalitypoleandaerialfitness.com
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
Beginner Silks Verticality Pole and Aerial Fitness, 314 Broadway, Ste 102, Paducah. MONDAYS 5:40pm 270.349.0421 verticalitypoleandaerialfitness.com
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
Market House Theatre.
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 Family Track Run Practice Noble Park Picnic Shelter #10. TUESDAYS 6-7pm. 270.444.8508
DANCE, PERFORMING ARTS, FITNESS & SPORTS CLASSES Adult Jazz & Tap markethousetheatre.org
Co-Ed Pole Verticality Pole and Aerial Fitness, 314 Broadway, Ste 102, Paducah. THURSDAYS 5:45pm 270.349.0421 verticalitypoleandaerialfitness.com
Barre Evolution with Marci Paris The Living Arts Center, 627 Broadway, Ste B, Paducah. SUNDAYS, TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 270.519.2770
Footlights Market House Theatre. Children ages 4-6, elementaryhigh school. 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. Into the Woods. MainStage School of Performing Arts. OCTOBER 1 2pm A twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack & the Beanstalk, & Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker & his wife, their wish to begin a family & their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. .270.558.4249 mymainstageschool.com Junior Silks Verticality Pole and Aerial Fitness, 314 Broadway, Ste 102, Paducah. MONDAYS 5-6pm 270.349.0421 verticalitypoleandaerialfitness.com Mat Yoga. WKCTC, Haws Gymnasium. MONDAYS 3:30-4:20am. Register each semester to join the class. Seniors 65+ are free to audit the class. 270.559.1409 westkentucky.kctcs.edu Night Moves Dance Club American Legion, 425 Legion Drive. THURSDAYS 6-9pm, line dancing & couple’s classes. $4 at the door. 270.442.3186 Pole Choreography Verticality Pole and Aerial Fitness, 314 Broadway, Ste 102, Paducah. TUESDAYS & SATURDAYS 5:45pm 270.349.0421 verticalitypoleandaerialfitness.com FREE SECOND SATURDAY Hikes. WKCTC, Haws Gymnasium. 10am. Go for a monthly hiking series on the second Saturday of each month at Lake Barkley. Each hike features a new topic of discussion. Participation is free, no reservation necessary! Hikers depart from the Lodge Lobby at 10am. 270.924.1131 Story Book Ballet, Market House Theatre, 120 Market House Square. THURSDAYS 270.444.6828 markethousetheatre.org
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 The Hobbit Market House Theatre. OCTOBER 5-15 A new adaptation of the classic tale. markethousetheatre.org 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 Zumba. WKCTC, Haws Gymnasium. For all ages. $20 for 12 sessions. Join the dance fitness program that combines Latin & international music with dance to make exercise fun. MONDAYS 4:45-5:45pm. 270.534.3335. westkentucky.kctcs.edu
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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 email@example.com FREE C.H.A.M.P., Christian Homeschoolers All Meet & Play. United Methodist Church Gym, Ledbetter. MONDAYS 2:30-4:30pm. Bring skates or sports equipment. Sherry Layne–Smith 270.928.4368 smith731@ localnet.com. FREE Computer Basics for Beginners Class. Calloway County Public Library. TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 6-7:30pm. 270.753.2288 callowaycountylibrary.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
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
Afternoon Animal Encounters. LBL Woodlands Nature Station. MONDAYS
Families on the Spectrum Lourdes Garden Room. Refreshments provided
& guest speakers quarterly. See our Facebook page for upcoming meetings & times. firstname.lastname@example.org Family Education on Mental Illness. Baptist Health, Paducah. FRIDAYS 7-9:30pm. Helping individuals understand & support ill loved ones suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, or personality disorder. 270.519.3152 Feeding Time on the Farm. Homeplace 1850s Working Farm & Living History Museum. MONDAY-FRIDAY 3:30-4:30pm. As the day winds down, feeding time starts for the LBL farm animals. Meet at the pig pen to lend a hand & learn how to care for farm animals the 1850s way! Free to children under 4. 931.232.6457
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 Heartland Christian Home Educators offers support, field trips, & fellowship for home school families in western Kentucky & southern Illinois. To 618.638.3289. Parent support group meetings on the 1ST TUESDAY of October, December, March, & May at St. John’s Church, 6201 Waldo Church Rd, Metropolis, IL. Open to the public. Family Night on the 3RD FRIDAYS Junior Quilters National Quilt Museum, 215 Jefferson St, Paducah. 1ST TUESDAY 2:30-4:30pm. For details, call 270.442.8856 or visit quiltmuseum.org KATS Homeschool Club, Paducah meets twice a month. Christian fellowship, play-dates, field trips & more. Field trips twice monthly. email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Parks Services offers classes for children, teens, & adults. Classes include art lessons, martial arts, soccer & dance. 270.444.8508 paducahky.gov Paducah Kennel Club Agility Classes. Paducah Kennel Club, 1325 Fisher Road. TUESDAYS 6am. Six lessons taught on Tuesday Nights for beginner & intermediate dogs, all ages all breeds. 270.217.0150 Parade of Raptors LBL Woodland Nature Station. EVERY DAY 4:30-5pm. Come face-to-face with a host of raptors including a barn owl, barred owl, screech owl, kestrel, & red-tailed hawk as our staff moves these birds from their outdoor perches to their indoor shelter. 270.924.2299 FREE Parents with Ones, Twos & Threes Storytime Class. Calloway County Public Library. Parents with children ages 1-3 are invited to a special story time. WEDNESDAYS 9:30-10am. 270.753.2288 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 Sit & Stitch. Itty Bitty Knitty Shop, 1920 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah. Bring your latest project & enjoy the fellowship of other stitchers. Stay a few minutes or a few hours! TUESDAYS 5:30pm. 270.709.3270 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.
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. email@example.com
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 Water Aerobics. Metropolis City Pool, 312 W. 4th Street. MONDAYS & THURSDAYS 5:30-6:30pm; Advanced WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS 11am-Noon. 618.524.2609 cityofmetropolis.com 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. Recommended for adults. Call 270.534.3206 for pricing & more information. westkentucky.kctcs.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. 2 ND & 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 leisurly 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
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Baptist Health has meetings & groups for: Arthritis, Breast Feeding, Cancerport Breast Cancer, Prepared Childbirth, Baby Care, Family, CPR, Menopause, Diabetes, Radiation Therapy for New Patients, Lymphedema, Parkinson's Disease, Weight Loss & more. Call 270.575.2229 or 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. Call the office, 270.442.7121, to find out more. 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 Free Clinic provides FREE primary care, medicine & specialist referrals to uninsured working adults who live or work in the Kentucky counties of Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Hickman, Livingston,
McCracken, Marshall, & Massac County, Illinois. Households with at least 1 adult working 15 hours or more & fall within 200% of the Federal Poverty Level for household income qualify for St. Nicholas. Call the clinic at 270.575.3247. St. Vincent de Paul Budget Store A volunteer based ministry that sells used clothing, furniture & other goods at a minimal charge to the community & in turn uses the proceeds to help those less fortunate through the Help Line. Help is offered based on need, regardless of religious affiliation or income. TUESDAY-FRIDAY 10am–3pm & SATURDAY 9am–1pm). Budget Store phone number: 270.442.9351; Help Line phone number: 270.575.1008; firstname.lastname@example.org
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 La Leche League of Kentucky 160 South Gum Springs Road, Paducah All breastfeeding mothers & mothers–to–be interested in breastfeeding. 1ST THURSDAYS 10am. 270.534.0512 breastfeedinghelppaducah.blogspot.com 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 FREE Mothering Through Breastfeeding. Grace Episcopal Church 2ND TUESDAYS 10am. Open to all pregnant & nursing mothers & their children. 270.443.2373 or 270.442.4891 FREE Prenatal Classes by the Lourdes Little Miracles Birthing Center. Borders Community Room, Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion. Nurses provide information on childbirth & breastfeeding. Includes a tour of our birthing center. Available either as a four-week course (four MONDAYS a month, 6-8pm), or as a boot-camp course on a SATURDAY (9am-4:30pm). Call 270.444.2243 to register. FREE Prepared Childbirth Classes. Meeting Room A, Doctors Office Building 2, Baptist Health, Paducah. NOVEMBER 4 & DECEMBER 9. Class designed to help expectant parents in their second or third trimester learn about the labor & delivery process. Call 270.575.2229 to register.
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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 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 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.
for Kids, Youth Meeting & Adult Bible Study 6pm; THURSDAY Men’s Prayer Breakfast 8am Prayer Room is open to the public
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
The Crossing 1225 Broadway St, Paducah | 270.201.2810 | thecrossing.net/paducah SUNDAY Worship 10:45am
Calvert City First Presbyterian Church 639 Evergreen St, Calvert City | 270.395. 4700 | fpccalvert.com SUNDAY School 9:30am; Fellowship 10am; Worship 10:45am
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
Elevation Point Church Paducah Exp Convention Center, 415 Park Ave. | 270.705.1045 | elevationpointchurch.org SUNDAY Service 10:30am
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Faith Center of Paducah 4465 Hansen Rd, Paducah | 270.443.3110 | faithcenter.tv SUNDAY Service 10am; WEDNESDAY Service 6:30pm 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 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 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 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 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; Divorce Care 6:30pm 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
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 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; OCTOBER 15 Southern Gospel Concert 6-7pm
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
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
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
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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 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 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
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 School 9:45am; Worship Service 10:45am; Evening Service 6pm; WEDNESDAY Evening Service 7pm
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 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
Rosebower Baptist Church 1120 Tyree Road, Paducah | 270.898.3385 | rosebower.org SUNDAY Mass 10:30am; 2ND FRIDAYS THROUGH NOVEMBER Fish Fry with Rosary Chapel Catholic Church 4:30pm 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 | stpiusx.us WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY Mass 9am 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; 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 8am 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 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; Midâ€“Week Service 7pm 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 | email@example.com SUNDAY School 9:45am; Morning Worship Service 10:45am; WEDNESDAY Bible Study 6:30pm
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iPET by Amy Noles
A Pet Howl-O-Ween Party Wooftober A Dog Howl-O-Ween Event
t's that time of year again. We’re all putting away the sunscreen, bathing suits, and beach shoes. We’re buying cute boots, ugly Christmas sweaters, and carving pumpkins – we’re getting ready for fall! The furry members of our family deserve a fall celebration too and that is exactly what the Paducah Parks Services has planned with their fifth annual Wooftober and Howl-o-ween party!
Wooftober is a fun event which allows our furry friends their own Howlo-ween. For the past five years Stuart Nelson Park, adjacent to the dog park, has hosted this fun and pet–friendly event. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 from 10:30am - 4pm. Paducah Parks Services expects between 100-150 dogs to participate this. At Wooftober, dog lovers and owners come together to support local dog rescues, pet education and raise awareness about the many homeless pets in our shelters. And, as a bonus, their furry friends can wear their favorite regalia and win raffles, contests and giveaways.
New This Year! 5K Rover Run/Walk
Everyone is invited to participate in our first-ever Rover Run/Walk which will take place before the main Wooftober event. Registration begins at 10:30am and there is a $5 entry fee. The run/walk will take place from 11am-12pm at Stuart Nelson Park. Bring your best doggie pal for a fun and laid back 5k run/walk on the Greenway Trail. Do as much or as little of the run/walk as you and your four-pawed-pal can handle. All of the proceeds will go to a local animal shelter of our choice.
Pet Themed Pumpkin Carving Contest
Carve your best pet themed pumpkin at home and bring it to the event. Judging will be at 1pm. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded.
Hotdog! Come out and grab some lunch! Wooftober is all about the dogs – including hot dogs! This year you can buy a delicious lunch from vendor Rivertown Dogs at the event.
Mutt Strutt Costume Contest
The free costume contest is a howl-of-a time and the main event! Tents are set up for the contest and registration. Participants will be required to sign a waiver upon registering and receiving their dog’s entry number. Different groups for both small and large dogs will be judged. The dogs are divided into two categories based upon weight with 30 pounds as the dividing weight between small and large dogs. Beginning at 2pm,
participants will begin lining up for the small-dog division. The judging parade will start at 2:30pm with the large dogs strutting around in their costumes at 3pm. The awards ceremony will be at 3:30pm. There are six chances to win in each size division. The awards are the Clowning-Around Award for the funniest costume, the Scaredy-Cat Award for the scariest costume, the Paws-itively Pup-tastic Award for the most gorgeous costume, the Top Dog Award for the best owner and dog costume combo, the Best Dog “Team” Effort Award for owners who have more than two dogs all in costume, and the Hot-Dogger Award for the best overall costume. Costumes should be unique. The best costumes are often the ones that the owners make themselves as they tend to be more original and memorable. However creative you decide to get, let’s keep the focus on the dogs. Johnson explains it as an all things dog event, so make sure, above all else, that your dogs are comfortable and having fun. Paducah Parks Services expects between 100-150 dogs and their owners to participate this year.
FREE Spooky Pet Pictures
William Carter Photography will be on hand to capture unforgettable memories and a photo booth will be set up with hay bales, pumpkins
The Best Part - It's FREE!
Wooftober only costs one thing - you have to promise to have fun! Remember, you do not have to have a dog to come to this event: Learn about these magnificent creatures, look into the process of adoption, and enjoy the contests!
Please remember... Wooftober is a family-friendly event for all ages; and festive backdrop. Photos will be printed free of charge, on sight, for guests to take home.
Adoption: Give A Furry Friend a Forever Home
There will be animal rescue, education and adoption agencies in attendance to provide a variety of pet-related information and services. Puppies and dogs will be available for adoption. Services and information available include micro-chipping, tag making, nail trimming, vaccinations, pet boarding, grooming and healthcare.
“There will be more vendors and rescues than ever this year!” Molly Johnson, Special Events Coordinator for Paducah Parks Services, told me, including Molly’s Mutts, Unchained Love, McCracken County Humane Society, Mary Hall Ruddiman Canine Shelter, Furkidz Pet Hotel Spa & Daycamp, Ballard’s Tack & Supply, Kylie Sedberry Dog Sitter, Kiss to Canter and so many more!
however, some dogs don’t respond well to new places, children, or other animals. Please use your best judgment in determining if your pet will enjoy the event. If you are participating in Wooftober or using the dog park, please make sure to follow the Paducah Dog Park rules including the requirements to keep dogs on leashes until they are inside the dog park enclosure and to clean up after pets using the available doggie bags. Children under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Stuart Nelson Park is located at 175 Stuart Nelson Park Road in Paducah. For more information on this upcoming event or the Paducah Dog Park, visit Parks online at paducahky.gov or contact Special Events Coordinator Molly Johnson at 270.444.8508, mtjohnson@paducahky. gov.
Discounts on vaccinations and micro-chipping will be available. Other services include nail trimming, tag making, healthcare.
with seniors in the western Kentucky community in mind, this article is sponsored by Parkview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
The Science Behind a Seasonal Slump The Secret to the Sunshine Vitamin
e're all familiar with the "winter blues" during the cooler months. These feelings can actually be messages that our bodies send to us about our health. Science lets us in on an incredibly common and reversible condition medically known as a vitamin D deficiency!
Also at risk are those with a darker skin pigmentation. Melanin is a substance that affects how light or dark your skin color is. The more melanin you have, the darker your skin color. The amount of melanin you have in your skin affects the amount of vitamin D you can produce. So, if your skin has a darker pigmentation you need more sun exposure to make vitamin D than those with a lighter pigmented skin.
The Sunshine Vitamin
Known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D plays an important role in our bodies. According to the Vitamin D Council, â€œHuman skin can make large amounts of vitamin D when lots of skin is exposed and the sun is high in the sky. Your body is designed to get the vitamin D it needs by producing it when your bare skin is exposed to sunlight. The part of the sun's rays that is important is ultraviolet B (UVB). Vitamin D offers a wide variety of health benefits that you may not realize. It supports muscle health, the immune system, cell growth, regulates blood pressure, reduces inflammation and can help prevent rheumatoid arthritis. Research suggests that vitamin D may also play a role in the prevention and treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, glucose intolerance and multiple sclerosis.
Are You At Risk?
Seniors are most likely to be deficient in vitamin D, as well as those who spend little time outdoors.
Upper Limits Set by Vitamin D Council Vitamin D Council Endocrine Society Food & Nutrition Board Infants 2,000 IU/day 2,000 IU/day 1,000-1,500 IU/day Children 2,000 IU/day per 25lbs of body weight
Adults 10,000 IU/day 10,000 IU/day 4,000 IU/day`
Also at risk for a Vitamin D deficiency are people who eat a plantbased diet, those with serious digestive issues and people who are overweight.
A simple blood test from your primary care physician can determine whether or not you have a vitamin D deficiency. There are various symptoms that can surface from a vitamin D deficiency. The most common include: bone pain, muscle weakness, excessive fatigue, anxiety and depression, rising blood pressure, decreased endurance and even infertility. Many of these symptoms can be overlooked or mistaken for other conditions.
Getting You D
There are many ways to boost your vitamin D levels. Some include: • Taking a daily vitamin D supplement (Consult your doctor to determine the accurate dosage.) This is a good way to get vitamin D if you can’t get enough sunlight, or if you’re worried about exposing your skin. Vitamin D3 is the best kind of supplement to take. It comes in a number of different forms, such as tablets and capsules, but it doesn’t matter what form you take, or what time of the day you take it. • Enjoying an afternoon walk, taking a trip to the park or spending a day gardening (Always wear proper skin protection from damaging UV rays.) • Eating more animal-based foods, such as milk, fish, cheese, orange juice, yogurt and eggs. However, the Vitamin D Council believes that trying to get enough vitamin D from your diet alone is unlikely to give you the vitamin D you need. This powerful vitamin may be the boost you need to better your health and well-being. Always consult your physician if any underlying medical conditions are present that may need further treatment. Sources: medicalnewstoday.com webmd.com/diet medlineplus.gov/vitaminddeficiency vitamindcouncil.org
iSUPPORT by Sarah Ladd
Beer, Sausage, Dance, Repeat! It's Time for Paducah's Oktoberfest
or many, autumn is a favorite season – a time to enjoy crisp evenings, cozy bonfires, and bright colors. It also means the return of Oktoberfest in Paducah. This annual fundraiser for Maiden Alley Cinema has become a staple of fall fun in the area .
Three Days of Fun!
This year’s Oktoberfest promises to be exciting and unique. The event has outgrown the original venue – the Kirchhoff Bakery courtyard and now covers several streets and the Riverfront. Organizers have also added a German inspired beer dinner, held the night before and a New Orleans style brunch, held the day after. Yes, three whole days to celebrate and have fun! This year, Oktoberfest will be held in downtown Paducah. Beer selections can be found at Market House Square, on Kentucky Avenue and Water Streets, along Broadway and down on the riverfront where a second music stage will be positioned. The steins are a brandnew design which will be revealed at the event. Also new this year, is a Roof Brothers VIP Tasting Lounge that will offer some premiere beer tastings and unique selections.
Day One: German Beer Dinner
On Friday night, October 20, there will be a Cocktail Hour and Beer Dinner at the Freight House.
Cocktail hour will begin at 6pm and dinner at 7pm. This dinner will feature a four-course German inspired dinner curated by Sara Bradley. Beer pairings will be provided by Mile Wide Beer Company & Dry Ground Brewing Company. There will be a cash bar from 6-7pm. (Beer pairings are included in ticket price).
Day Two: Beer. Sausage. Dance. Repeat!
Saturday, October 21, festivities will begin at 10:30am and last until 5pm; spreading throughout Market House Square, Kentucky Avenue, and Broadway, the entertainment includes live music, craft beer from across the state and region, art vendors, and a German Car Show. The food for the main event will be created by Kirchhoff's Bakery. It will feature a variety of sausages, homemade buns, pretzels, potato salad and more. There will be a wide variety of beers available from local and regional breweries. For a full list of breweries that will be present, please visit maidenalleyoktoberfest. com.
Day Three: New Orleans Brunch
New this year, the event will feature a New Orleans style brunch at Max's Brick Oven Cafe Courtyard & Patio starting at 11am on Sunday, October 22. “Partnering with our friends at Kirchhoff's is such a joy as they are truly a Paducah staple and take so much pride in what they do,” said Landee Bryant-Greene, Executive Director of Maiden Alley Cinema. “Inviting breweries from across our great state and beyond forges relationships, and introduces new people to our amazing town. This event is a joy. We have a truly wonderful committee and set of volunteers without whom it would not be possible. This event is a fundraiser for Maiden Alley Cinema, but I also look at it as an opportunity to showcase Paducah and give people yet another reason to love this town as much as I do!”
2017 Music Lineup
Live music at Oktoberfest is a tradition and this year’s selection is truly great! Bring your dancing shoes and listen to the Solid Rock’it Boosters and the Paducah Jazz Ensemble Polka Band, Fate McAfee and Chris Black and the Eagles of Unemployment. The Savage Radley will be there from Murray, Leonard the Band from Metropolis, and Bit Atomic from Louisville. From a little further afield the line-up includes The Hooten Hallers of Columbia, Missouri, Curio from Chicago, Illinois and Catl, all the way from Toronto, Canada!
Costumes Make It Fun!
Over the past few years the number of attendees in costume has grown. “Everyone is encouraged to dress up in the theme of the day,” said BryantGreene. You can rent a dirndl or lederhosen from local costume shops. It makes the event so much more fun!”
Tickets & More
Only want to attend some of the festivities? Don’t want to miss a thing? The ticket options are broken down so that there is something for everyone. • Tickets are $35. This covers the main event and comes with a commemorative Stein, one fill up of said stein, as well as all the Kirchhoff's food, live music and merriment. • Tickets can also be purchased individually for just the Beer Dinner or just the Brunch. • ALL IN tickets are $175 - These tickets include entry and all the things that come with it for all three events. They will gain you access to the Oktoberfest Beer Dinner @ Freight House, Maiden Alley Oktoberfest, and the Maiden Alley Oktoberfest Sunday Brunch @ Max's Brick Oven Courtyard. These are only available for purchase on-line and cannot be purchased the day of for any of the events. These tickets will have limited availability. • New this year you are able to add on to your regular Maiden Alley Oktoberfest ticket. If you pre-purchase this while buying your ticket it’s just an extra $8. This will gain you access to the Roof Brothers VIP Tasting Lounge located at 126 Market House Square (this area is located within the festival boundaries so you won't be able to gain access without a Maiden Alley Oktoberfest ticket). The RB VIP Tasting Lounge will have an indoor space and private courtyard. You will also receive a commemorative tasting glass and the lounge will offer premiere beer tastings of limited release, or unique picks, from the breweries at the event. You will also have some additional food to pair with your beer. To ADD ON, simply click the quantity you want when you are purchasing your Oktoberfest ticket(s). On the day of the event this ad on will be $10.
this size is truly unique and a gift,” said Bryant-Greene. “We really try to offer programming that appeals to a wide range of individuals.” For more information about MAC and their offerings, be sure to visit maidenalleycinema.org.
For more ticket information, be sure to visit maidenalleyoktoberfest. com/tickets-more .
Profits Maiden Alley Cinema
The three-day Paducah Oktoberfest celebration will benefit Maiden Alley Cinema (MAC), one of only four 501(c)3 non-profit art house cinemas in Kentucky. It opened in 2001 and has continued to grow and expand its programming tremendously. As an independent cinematic art house, the core mission is celebrating film as an art form, but also including programming that will appeal to a broad audience. Their weekend runs of newly released independent films and documentaries offer an affordable way to indulge in the cultural fabric of our community. “To have an establishment like MAC in a town
The old, red barn... Paducah Parks Services "Spooktacular" Halloween Short Story Contest Winners
he Paducah Parks Services Annual Halloween Story Contest has picked their winners! Once again, PAFM is delighted to publish these budding authors.
The rules were that each story had to begin with, "The old, red barn..." and be no longer than 500 words for third-fourth graders, 600 words for fifth-sixth graders and 700 for seventh-eighth graders. Congratulations to this year's winners!
1st Place: Caroline Crouse Concord Elementary School When My Halloween Candy Saved The Day The old, red barn sits on Holly Road. It fills me with thoughts of apple cider, pumpkins and most of all Halloween. But I've heard stories about it - not good, happy stories- scary stories like about vampires, ghosts, zombies and people disappearing. I don't believe in things like that, or at least, I didn't. "Wait up, Will!" Ella and I said in unison. We knew that Will was faster than us, but once again he tricked us into racing him. Of course he won, and he had to tell us even though we clearly saw him win. They were coming over to my house to go trick or treating later that night. It was Halloween, my favorite holiday! Ella dressed as a butterfly, Will was The Hulk, and I was a black cat. My mom did my face paint. She's really good at face painting! It was 4:55pm, five minutes until we were leaving to go trick or treating. While my Mom got our candy bags, we waited. "Anna!" Will said, "Let's go!" We went to Holly Road first. We started to pass the old, red barn when we heard strange noises. Then Will spotted a shadowy figure coming out of the barn. It scared Ella to death! Ella was 6 months younger than us. She was scared of a lot of things that we weren't. "What was that?" I asked Will. "I don't know," he said. Ella was a nervous wreck; I felt curious and a tiny bit scared. But Will opened a Tootsie Roll and popped it in his mouth. "I'm not scared," he said. Ella and I rolled our eyes at each other. When we got home, we were all mystified. Ella was still scared. They went home. I thought about what had happened and I was determined to figure it out. The next day after school Ella, Will, and I went to the old red barn. "Wait," I said "Wasn't it around 5:30 when we saw the shadowy
figure last night?" "Yeah," Will said. "I've got a plan," I said. "First, we're going to leave some candy outside the barn door. Next, we're going to hide so the shadowy figure doesn't see us. Then, the shadowy figure will have to take off his mask so he can eat the candy. Last, we will see who the shadowy figure is!" "Anna!" Will said. "He's coming!" Sure enough, he fell right into our trap. He picked up a package of Reese's Pieces and pulled up his mask to eat one. "Principal Hagan!" we all said in unison. "What are you doing?" I asked him. "Some kid’s toilet papered my house, so I wanted to scare them. You know, get back at them," he said. Principal Hagan promised to never do it again. Everything went back to normal ... until the next Halloween, but that's another story.
2nd Place: Pierce Jones Concord Elementary School Beware of the Old, Red Barn The old, red barn sags weakly into the pasture around it. Its door fell off its hinges years ago and now is lying crookedly on a rock. The roof is covered in moss and fungi. The whole barn reeks of decay and neglect. One Halloween a farmer stumbled across the abandoned barn. He decided to check it out. When he trudged up to the broken door, he had to brush cobwebs out of the way. When he did so, a gigantic hairy black spider jumped directly at his face. The farmer got out of the way just in time to smash the spider into the rock that supported the old rotten door. As the farmer continued through the dark barn, a few rays of sun made their way through the small cracks in the mossy roof. One of the rays fell on something wooden that stuck crookedly out of the wall. As he crept closer to the object, he found out it wasn’t wooden, but a dusty bone that crumbled in his hand. The farmer quickly dropped to his knees and began to dig around where he found the bone. After a few minutes, he stood back up and noticed a dusty door that wasn’t there before. He hesitated to open it, but when he did, he was swallowed up by a shadowy figure hungry for human blood. The old, red barn sags weakly into the pasture around it. Its door fell off its hinges years ago and is now lying crookedly on a rock. The roof is
covered in moss and fungi. The whole barn reeks of decay and neglect and it’s waiting for its next victim. . .
3rd Place: Carson Wallace Lone Oak Intermediate School The Halloween Nightmare The old, red barn was spooky and terrifying. "We need to tell Braden and Elly about this," Carter said. Carter and Alex returned to their treehouse to tell Elly and Braden. "Guys, there's a barn we have to get to. We have to get on our bikes now!" said Carter. "Is it safe to go right now?" asked Elly. "We don't know," said Alex. "Let's go ask the owner," said Braden. "Let's go!" said Elly. They rode their bikes in the dark to the spooky barn. They parked their bikes next to some hay. So why are we here again?" asked Elly "So we can look in here because it is Halloween, and that's good because this place is creepy," said Alex. Suddenly, the barn door opened. They walked cautiously inside. There were human bones on the floor. "Oh, no! This place has human bones in it!" said Alex. They all screamed. "Good evening," said a strange voice. Then they saw him. This guy wearing a hockey mask with a fire ax and blood all over him! "I think he is going to kill us," Braden said. Everyone tried to find a weapon to defend themselves with. "I found a hatchet over here next to the fire wood," said Alex. Alex and Braden got the hatchet and threw it at the man. It hit him, and he dropped the ax!
4th Place: Alex Trussell Lone Oak Intermediate School “The old, red barn”…One Halloween night two boys were coming home from trick or treating. They had gotten so much candy because they went to the rich neighborhood. That is where they go with their friends to get all the candy. Every Halloween they had to pass the old red barn on their way home. Some people thought it was hauntedsome didn't. The boys did not know if it was or not, so every Halloween they wondered. One night they decided to spend the night there, to see if it was haunted. So they got ready to go to the barn. The first thing they needed to do was make a list: flashlights, audio recorder, night vision camera. They loaded all their items in a bag and headed back out. When they arrived at the old red barn. They walked towards the front door. They opened the door to the barn and it made a loud creaking noise. Immediately they heard noises and out flew a barn owl. They jumped back in fear of the owl. Then they looked at each other and decided to go in. After they walked in they got everything ready to go. The boys began to walk through the barn - on the audio recorder it said, “get out!" They were a little scared but moved on. As they continued to walk further and further through the barn, the voice got louder and louder. Suddenly the audio recorder made this shrieking noise and started repeating, GET OUT! GET OUT! GET OUT! The boys dropped everything and ran out of the barn and into an old man. The old man calmed the boys. He said the barn is not really haunted it was me talking. I don't like kids messing in my barn so I started the story about it being haunted. The old man asked the boys not to ever tell anyone. The boys walked back home and never talked about the old, red barn.
"He's chasing us! Run!" The man chased them as fast as lightning. All of them were getting really tired. They split up into groups of two. Let's hide in the horse pen," said Carter to Braden. "Let's hope the other two are okay!" said Braden. Then they heard the screaming in the barn. "That's Elly! Let's go!" said Braden. Elly was laying on the ground. No noise or movement. "She's... She’s... dead!" said Carter. The man with the fire ax started walking to them. "Let's go!" said Alex. "No, we can't leave her here!" said Carter. "She's dead," said Alex. They left to find Braden, but there was no sign of him. Then, they heard another scream. "Carter! Time for school. Wake up!"
iSECURE by David Tindell CEO of Tindell Tech
Is Your Personal & Business Data Secure?
e live in a very different world then our grandparents did. Pay phones are almost nonexistent and you can do all your financial transactions on your mobile phone. Back in
your grandparent’s day, when the President came on TV the whole night was shot. Now we have DVR’s, so no more commercials and interruptions. Everything now is on demand, high definition’ and delivered within hours. Well there’s a bit more to it than that. Now that all our personal information is stored digitally, it seems everything is at risk. Hackers are by far the gravest threat of our time. In moments, someone can steal who you are, all your money, and use your information for whatever nefarious purpose they have. It’s a scary time honestly.
Security Isn't Foolproof
To address this first let’s put a few myths to bed. There is no such thing as foolproof, unbreakable security. Even Equifax, a worldwide credit reporting agency, had their security breached recently, resulting in the publication of millions of people’s sensitive financial data. The idea with security is to make it as difficult as possible for the attacker to gain access, so it’s not worth their time and effort. That’s why signs like ADT, or protected by Ring in your yard are more effective than the security system itself. It lets attackers know that it’s probably not worth their time and effort to rob you. How do you make it harder for attackers to get in and let them know it will be difficult for them to try?
Access Your Current Digital Footprint
Start with an inventory of the computer security technologies you already have in place. Are all of your computers protected by antivirus software? Are all mobile laptops, tablets, as well as stationary desktops, protected by firewalls, virtual private networks (VPNs), and intrusion prevention? Do all your security tools communicate with one another? Taking a security inventory should help you identify potential protection gaps.
Determine the Value of Your Data
Make a list of all your information assets and how they’re accessed. This helps determine how many layers of protection your computer security system needs. For example which of your assets, such as personal financial or business customer data, are most critical? How much are those assets worth? Is all your personal or business financial data in a QuickBooks file on one computer? What could you potentially lose if it was hacked?
Consider the Risks
When developing or strengthening any computer security solution, determine if the consequences of a security breach go beyond lost productivity or service interruptions. How much downtime can you or your business tolerate? How long can you live without access to the money in your bank?
Control Access To Your Data
No matter what kind of data you have, you must control access to it The more sensitive the data, the more restrictive the access. As a general rule, only individuals who have a specific need to access certain data should be allowed to do so. If your home computer is regularly used by your teenage grandson are your financial records and data protected? Once you’ve classified your data create a list of who can access what. For instance you may give your accountant permission to access your tax files. If you’re a small business you should consider developing a straightforward plan and policy – a set of guidelines – about how each type of data should be handled and protected, based on who needs access to it and the level of classification.
Passwords & Encryption
In addition to administrative safeguards that determine who has access to what data, technical safeguards are essential – I’m talking about passwords and encryption. Passwords should be the strongest they can reasonably be. That means passwords that are random, complex and long (at least 10 characters), that are changed regularly and that are securely guarded.
If you’re a small business, employee training on the basics of secure passwords and their importance is a must. Businesses may want to consider two-factor authentication, which often combines a password with another verification method, such as a dynamic personal identification number, or PIN.
Plan For Data Loss or Theft
Every business and individual has to plan for the unexpected, and that includes the loss or theft of their data. Not only can this hurt you and your business, it can also expose you to the costly state and federal regulations that cover data protection and privacy. Data loss can also expose businesses to significant litigation risk. It’s critical to understand exactly what data or security breach regulations affect your business and how prepared you are to respond to them. At the very least,
all employees and contractors should understand that they must immediately report any loss or theft of information.
Small Businesses Are At Risk
Don’t think a data breach could happen at your small business? In 2010, the U.S. Secret Service and Verizon Communications Inc.'s forensic analysis unit responded to a combined 761 data breaches. Of those, 482, or 63%, were at companies with 100 employees or fewer. And in 2011 Visa estimated that about 95% of the credit-card data breaches it discovers are on its smallest business customers.
Every business and individual has to plan for the unexpected, and that includes the loss or theft of their data.
Resources That Can Help
It’s very important to protect your personal and business data – just as important as you protect your home or place of business. If it seems a little daunting. Well, it is. As we keep more and more of our personal and sensitive data on our phone and computers data protection should be on our minds. That’s even truer when talking about the tech support of a business. It’s not something you want to leave to your secretary or manager who’s already busy. Friendly advice from a member of you church or a neighbor, although appreciated, is not the same as a trained, qualified, cyber security professional. The Online Trust Alliance has a comprehensive guide to understand and preparing for data breaches, available atotalliance.org/ resources/2011DataBreachGuide.pdf. The Federal Trade Commission has materials to help small businesses secure data in their care and protect their customers’ privacy, including an interactive video tutorial, at business.ftc.gov/privacy-and-security If you’re currently paying a Managed Service Provider (MSP) or tech company to service your business and they haven’t talked to you in detail about this, you should be concerned. Ask the questions so that you can be at ease. At the end of the day, “Will the people I have chosen help protect, provide support, and be there when I need them?” Cyber security is a complex subject and we’ve just scratched the surface ion this article. I hope I’ve given you food for thought and set you and your business on a path to securing your data.
iDOCTOR by Sarah Ladd
Pediatric Hospital Dentistry for Special Needs Children
or most children a trip to the dentist is routine and uneventful. But what if your child has a disability, or serious anxiety around aural care? It could mean that something such as a simple cleaning can end up being very difficult and traumatic. We’re very fortunate in western Kentucky that dental services for children can be obtained in a hospital setting where your child can be given sedation or even anesthetic. This is not just for emergencies, but routine pediatric dental services - for a child with autism, or for multiple procedures, this may be the answer you have been looking for.
What Is Hospital Dentistry?
Your child’s dentist may recommend general anesthesia in a hospital setting to perform dental treatments. Dental care under a general anesthesia is used when there are special needs, multiple procedures, or to manage a child’s severe anxiety. Hospital dentistry may also be a good idea when several procedures need to be done at the same time, when the safety of a child may be compromised, or if your child has a strong “gag” reflex. Pediatric hospital dentistry services are ideal for: • Physically, emotionally, or developmentally challenged children who are unable to hold still for dental treatment.
Children with complex medical conditions that make it unsafe to receive dental care in an office situation.
Children who have allergies to local anesthetics or experience difficulty achieving numbness.
Children who need oral surgery or other dental treatment that would be difficult for the child to tolerate while awake.
General anesthesia for dental procedures can be provided by an anesthesiologist or dental anesthesiologist. These professionals are trained to deliver medication, monitor your child during the procedure, and handle any complications that may occur. Sedation medication may be given by mouth, through the nose, or directly into a vein through an intravenous (IV) line.
No Memory of the Procedure
The main advantage of dental care performed under anesthetic is that you child will sleep through the procedure and have no memory of it. “With today modern drugs, children wake up with few side effects,”
explained Dr. John Colgan at Colgan Pediatric dentistry in Paducah. “They don’t remember the procedure and all the dental work has been done. It’s much less traumatic for many children and easier than lying with their mouth open, for an extended period of time, while we work on their teeth.” “One thing that I always tell parents is that kids that have been to the hospital, even if they had a bunch of dental work done, come back to office happy and are not scared of me. Many adults are scared of the dentist because of a bad experience they had in the past. Hospital dentistry is a good way to make sure that young child with a bunch of dental needs does not have a bad experience.” “Parent should remember that when anesthesia is needed, there are special rules for eating and drinking at home before the procedure. Your child will also have some restrictions after the procedure.”
Before the day of the procedure, make sure you understand what will happen at the hospital appointment. Take the time to discuss this with your child and the staff at the dental clinic. It’s important to have an open dialogue about what will happen. Knowing what to expect will give them confidence and make it less scary. Bring along a comfort item - such as a favorite toy, stuffed animal or blankie - for your child to hold during the procedure. A simple act such as holding your child’s hand can be reassuring for them. Sing to them! The sound of a parent’s voce can do wonders for a frightened child. In our region only one pediatric dentist offers hospital dentistry. Appointments are available on Thursday of each week. For more information, and to find out if your child is a good candidate for dental care in a hospital setting please contact the office of Dr. John Colgan at 270.554.3131 or visit colganpediatricdentistry.com.
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