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Verticality Pole and Aerial Fitness: Turning Your Fitness World Upside Down ................................. 6
Calendar & Community Directory .................................................. 25
iCook: Tailgating Done Lite! .................................................................... 9
iPlay: Everybody Dance Now! Special Needs Dance Classes ................................................ 52
iLearn: The New Fall QuiltWeek ........................................... 12
iLearn: Benefits of Playing a Stringed Instrument ...................... 54
iPlay: Beneath the Bluegrass - Finding Buried Treasure with the West Kentucky Treasure Preservation Society ....... 14
iSupport: Ending Alzheimer's ..................................................................... 56
iSupport: Going Bananas! 55th Annual Twin Cities Banana Festival ............................... 1 6 iDoctor: Living Fully As We Age ................................................... 18
iPet: Celebrating 20 Years of Straight from the Heart Care ........................................................ 58 iParent: The Kids & Cell Phones Dilemma ......................................... 60
iLearn: MSU Construction Career Day ........................................... 20
iPrepare: Life Insurance 101: Protecting Your Family ........................................................................................... 62
iPet: It's All Going to the Dogs! Missing Bella Month .................................................................................................. 2 2
Advertiser's Index ............................................................................................ 65 Clip & Save .......................................................................................................... 66
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Turning Your Fitness World Upside Down
ears ago, if you wanted to get fit and stay in shape you played a sport or joined a gym. But, in recent years a myriad of new and innovative ways to work out have become available. Dance classes have expanded into Barre exercise and step aerobics has been surpassed by Zumba, and cross-fit! One of the most unique and fun ways to tone and get fit is aerial exercise. Paducah now has an amazing new fitness studio with both pole and silks instruction - Verticality Pole & Aerial Fitness. The studio is located in downtown Paducah at 314 Broadway and boasts 15 foot ceilings – allowing plenty of vertical space for working out. It’s owned by Pole Fitness Instructor, Maranda Whiteley and she’s excited to bring aerial fitness to western Kentucky. Maranda is originally from Florida. She attended Murray State University (MSU) and had decided upon nursing as a career. While she was a student had been looking for a fun way to get some exercise. There was a gym in Murray that offered pole fitness classes and Maranda gave it a try. “Like a lot of women, I wanted to get back in shape after the birth of my son, Tristyn,” she explained. “I tried diets, lots of cardio exercise - but I find most typical exercise routines get boring after a while. Pole fitness is different. It was fun and I wanted to keep learning new things. It has dance elements, strength training, and I was always engaged.” After learning the art of pole dancing, she realized that she would love to help other women learn to channel their inner confidence. "There used to be a misconception that pole dancing and silks was just for entertainers and circus performers. But that has changed. Go to any big city and you will see multiple aerial fitness studios. Women realize that it's a great form of exercise for strength and toning. It's just a bonus that you get to have fun while exercising."
From a Hobby to a Business
Maranda decided to get her certification, taking a yearlong course through Pole Dance Community, a professional instructor hub. Yes, this is serious sport, with national championships held annually where participants from all over the world show their talents - not just in pole dance, but silks, lyra, hammock, trapeze and more! After a lot of practice and study she passed her instructor exam. Now, a couple of years later, she has opened Verticality so she can share her love of dance and aerial fitness with the community.
Learn at Your Own Pace
Verticality Pole & Aerial Fitness is the first studio of its kind in western Kentucky. Students work out at their own pace and a beginner class is nine weeks long. “Every class starts with a warm up and conditioning,” explained Maranda. “We teach at each students pace; if they feel unsure about anything we slow down and take the time to train as safely as possible. I have extensive study in both anatomy and body mechanics from my certification courses and nursing background; I know the proper techniques when it comes to training this art and teaching that is very important.” “Pole and Aerial Fitness is an amazing workout. You will work every muscle in your body as you become more proficient. In the first class series we work towards performing five different moves while strengthening arms, core and your grip. You’ll also practice and improve your balance. Pole teaches strength, body awareness and agility. You have to learn to trust yourself and the pole – especially if you want to learn to spin.”
about each student’s success. It’s fun to help them on the journey to reaching their physical weight and strength goals. At Verticality Pole and Aerial Fitness women and girls come together to laugh and have fun – not to be judgmental. I strive to make my classes as welcoming as possible.”
Classes & Membership
You can purchase single classes or a card good for 4, 6 or 10 sessions. (Visit VerticalityPoleandAerialFitness.com for details.) These are specific for either pole or aerial class but if you can’t decide which you want to take then a membership is a good idea. Unlimited classes are just $60 a month and include a free party during your birthday month!
“Most people have never been on a pole or taken a class like this, and women are typically stronger in their legs than their arms. We practice pull-ups and knee lifts. Don’t be concerned if you have some physical limitations as I can modify the exercises to accommodate those,” said Maranda.
Aerial for All Ages
Students at Verticality range in age from 8 to 63 years old and come from a very wide variety of backgrounds. Many of Maranda’s students enter the studio out of curiosity and then find they love this type of work out. “Personally I hate the gym,” Maranda confided, “and I love my carbs! I can relate to people who come in with weight concerns and want to lose weight and tone up. You’re going to burn 400 – 450 calories a class. This type of workout will get you fit and help you lose weight – it works!” Maranda told me that it makes her very happy to share her love for aerial fitness. She has found a way to give that nurturing and personal attention to her students – this is the career she was looking for. “This business is something I love and I’m sharing it with the public,” she said.” Each and every client is important to me. I truly care
The studio is also available for private rental; perfect for a birthday party, bridal shower or girl’s night out. If you wish to book a class, or rent the studio, please call 270.557.7938 and a friendly instructor will help you with the process. Don't see a time that fits your schedule? Ask about private lessons! Class descriptions, studio rules and more can be found at VerticalityPoleandAerialFitness.com!
What to Wear
You’ll need the proper attire when visiting Verticality: Athletic wear such as opaque fitted shorts or leggings, sports bras and/or tank tops. Leotards or opaque leggings for aerial classes. Remember that the more advanced moves do require skin to pole contact. Please don’t wear body lotion or dangling jewelry.
Classes from Fundamentals to Choreography
The studio is open Monday through Saturday and classes can be scheduled by appointment on Sunday. The entire class schedule is available on the studios website at VerticalityPoleandAerialFitness. com. You can join a beginner class or even an open class for all levels so you can see what the advanced students have learned. Classes are open to everyone, yes you too gentlemen, but please come with an open mind. Learn to combine moves, stretch and tone, and create choreography. You can even have fun with spins and heels if you like. Modifications will be given to assist all levels of aerial and fitness experience. Shift your perspective and push your limits. Come take a class at Verticality Pole and Aerial Fitness and turn your entire world upside down! Verticality Pole and Aerial Fitness, 314 Broadway Street, Paducah, 270.557.7938 email@example.com.
Aerial Silk Classes Aerial Silk performance is perhaps a little better known than Pole Fitness. It’s frequently part of a Cirque de Solei show and has even been used on the Broadway stage. Silk classes at Verticality are taught by Melanie Antonitis. She grew up learning ballet and performing in musical theatre. Originally from Georgia, Melanie and Maranda met at a fitness class in Murray while attending Murray State University. Melanie has a degree in advertising and is a professional copy editor. “I saw a performance of silks, pole and trapeze in St. Louis a few years ago, she told me. “I was intrigued and began to take classes. Pole and silk fitness are closely related - just a half a step from each other really.” Just like Maranda, Melanie found herself getting bored with gym routines and other types of exercise. “Aerial Silk is something I’ve been able to stick with more than any other kind of fitness,” she explained. “It’s more artistic – a blend of dance and fitness. Silks offers a unique opportunity for self-expression. The sheer amount of strength it takes to be able to perform aerial dance is what makes it impressive and visually captivating.” Melanie has over nine years of experience with silk fitness. She assured me that this is something anyone can try. “Don’t worry if you lack upper body strength or flexibility,” she told me. “If you can stand on two feet, lie down and raise your arms above your head you can do this! This is progressive fitness with a lot of stretching, conditioning and warm-up. I always work within a student’s personal limitations and as with pole, exercises can be modified. Silk classes are suitable for all ages and we’re now forming a new junior silks class, so call today for a schedule.”
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Tailgating Done Lite!
s I'm writing, National Football League (NFL) preseason is in full swing. The official opening day for the 2017 season is set for September the 7 between the Patriots and the Chiefs. Why is this important for a foodie like me? Well, it’s time to start looking for great tailgating recipes!
Enjoy the game and the tailgating experiences, and try out these recipes – Perhaps they’ll help you make some healthy choices about the food. Live, Laugh, Love and Eat Well my fellow sports fans!
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I love to eat and I love football. Put the two together and you have reached fan Nirvana for some. The only problem is that most tailgating foods are high fat, high calorie and almost completely devoid of vegetables. I love a chili cheese dog or a Frito pie like the rest of you but, as I get older, I’m trying to eat with good health in mind without giving up on flavor.
We can all make better choices when we eat. Turkey instead of ground beef in your chili, low fat cheese, and baked chips instead of French fries are all good places to start - but why not go a bit farther? How about trying avocado hummus, salsa black bean burgers, or even sweet potato skins? If you can’t go completely vegetarian, then consider lightening up some classics. Transform the lowly hot dog into a Banh Mi Hot Dog using all natural beef or turkey franks and pickled vegetables.
Tailgaters are a different breed. They want to share the comradery of the sports fan with, well other sports fans. They also tend to be somewhat competitive especially about their food as well as their favorite team. For the die-hard hamburger and hot dog lovers, many of these recipes may not excite you. But from a foodie point of view, I would be ecstatic to find any of these tasty combinations at my next sporting event or pot luck for that matter.
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Drain the chickpeas, reserving about 2 TBSP of the liquid. Transfer the chickpeas and the reserved liquid to a food processor and add the remaining ingredients. Puree until very smooth.
Salsa-Black Bean Burgers Recipe by Carolyn Casner
Avocado Hummus Recipe by Devon O'Brien
This recipe only takes a few ingredients and can be prepared in a food processor. It’s great as a dip with veggie or pita chips, crudités or as the base for an heirloom tomato salad. This recipe only takes a few ingredients and can be prepared in a food processor. It’s great as a dip with veggie or pita chips, crudités or as the base for an heirloom tomato salad. 1 1 1 ¼ ¼ ¼ 1 1 ½
15oz can of no salt added chickpeas ripe avocado, halved and pitted cup fresh cilantro leaves cup tahini cup extra virgin olive oil cup fresh lemon juice clove garlic, chopped tsp ground cumin tsp salt ½ 2 1 ½ 1 3 4 2 ¾ 3 8 ½ 8 1 ½
cup prepared salsa (use chunky at a heat you are comfortable with) 15oz cans low sodium black beans, rinsed cup well crushed tortilla chips cup grated white onion large egg, beaten TBSP mayonnaise tsp chili powder tsp ground cumin tsp salt TBSP avocado oil or canola oil, divided whole-grain burger buns, toasted cup prepared guacamole slices of tomato cup alfalfa or bean sprouts cup thinly sliced red onion
Place the salsa in a fine-mesh sieve and stir to remove excess moisture. Mash the beans with a potato masher in a large bowl until no whole ones remain. Stir in the drained salsa, tortilla chips, grated onion, egg, mayonnaise, chili powder, cumin and salt. Let stand for 10 minutes. Form the bean mixture into 8 burgers about 3 inches wide (about 1/3 cup each). Heat 1 ½ TBSP oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Then reduce the heat to medium, add 4 burgers at a time and
cook until browned and heated through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining oil and burgers. Serve the burgers on a bun with guacamole, tomato slice, sprouts and red onion. Note: Individually wrapped cooked burgers can be refrigerated up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Microwave to reheat.
Sweet Potato Skins with Guacamole Recipe by Devon O'Brien
4 small sweet potatoes 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil 1/8 tsp kosher salt ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 ripe avocado 1 TBSP fresh lime juice 1 clove garlic, minced 1/8 tsp salt ¼ cup chopped tomato 2 TBSP minced red onion Chopped cilantro for garnish
Banh Mi Hot Dog
Recipe by Cooking Light 2 large carrots ½ cup sliced red onion 1 cup cider vinegar 1 cup water 2 tsp sugar 8 all beef or turkey hot dogs Cooking spray 8 whole wheat hot dog buns 4 TBSP mayonnaise 24 fresh jalapeño slices 8 tsp cilantro leaves Shave the carrots into ribbons with a vegetable peeler. Combine the carrots, onion, vinegar, water and sugar in a medium bowl; let stand for 15 minutes. Drain and discard pickling brine. Preheat oven to 400°F. Tightly wrap the sweet potatoes in foil and place on a baking sheet. Roast until very tender, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Carefully unwrap potatoes and set aside to cool.
Preheat grill to medium high heat. Coat the grill rack with cooking spray and grill the hot dogs about 6 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the cooled potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out the flesh (save the flesh for another use like mashed sweet potatoes), leaving a ¼ inch border. Place the sweet potato halves skin side up on the parchment paper and brush with oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes at 400 F until browned and crisp.
Spread each hot dog bun with about 1 ½ tsp mayonnaise. Place 1 dog on each bun; top evenly with carrot ribbons and onion. Garnish with 3 fresh jalapeño slices and cilantro leaves.
Remove skins from oven and cut in half widthwise and return to baking sheet, skin side down. Sprinkle each with 1 TBSP of cheddar cheese and return to oven. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Make the guacamole: Halve the avocado and remove the pit. Scoop out the flesh into a bowl and mash it up. Stir in the lime juice, garlic and salt. Top each sweet potato skin with guacamole, tomato, onion, and cilantro if desired.
iLEARN by Amy Noles
The New Fall QuiltWeek
ast year, the American Quilter’s Society, the largest quilting membership organization in the world, announced a second AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah, starting this September. The second show is in response to repeated requests for another annual event. AQS Executive Show Director Bonnie Browning said that the addition of the fall show has been in the works for quite some time. “Different folks have been asking for years to add this fall show,” Browning told me. “There are many people, who because of other obligations, school or work, cannot come to the spring show. We are very excited to be hosting the event here in Paducah.”
From Chattanooga to Paducah
The fall show has been held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the past
three years. That contract has ended and Paducah will be the show’s new location. Browning added that the fall shows were very successful for Chattanooga, and she expects the same results here since it will be attracting much of the same audience. QuiltWeek – Fall Paducah will be held at the Schroeder Expo & Carroll Convention Center from September 13-16. More than 600 quilts will be on display and more than $120,000 in prizes will be awarded at the event for quilting excellence. In addition, AQS Fall QuiltWeek will be hosting a series of workshops with some of the top talents in the quilt industry. Just like the Spring show there will be an extensive Merchant Mall comprised of local, national and international vendors.
Exhibits, Exhibits, Exhibits!
Included in the AQS Fall QuiltWeek special exhibits are Vintage Made Modern Quilts: Collection of Brenda Groelz, New Quilts From an Old
Favorite: Flying Geese from the National Quilt Museum, Australia Wide Five, and more. Evening events feature fun and unique experiences, such as the Winners’ Showcase and Jenny Doan on center stage at The Carson Center. Quilts by Pam Holland will be a popular exhibit. She has been teaching quilting and textile art for more than 25 years. Each quilt she makes tells a story. Using her own photographic imagery taken on her travels around the world, Holland translates images in a variety of ways to make her quilts echo the traditions of quilt making along with cultural distinctiveness. Freehand Patchwork by Danny Amazonas will include a live component to this exhibit at the fall show. Amazonas will be doing live demos from Wednesday through Saturday. Freehand Patchwork is a unique textile art made up of hundreds of pieces of colorful fabric that together form an image. Amazonas creates his works by hand, and chooses each piece of fabric personally.
Fiber Is Da Bomb!
AQS is participating in a public fiber art installation… the Paducah Fiber Bombing! This display of fiber materials in the downtown Paducah area will take place throughout the month of September. The trees of Market House Square and 2nd Street leading to the Schroeder Expo and Carroll Convention Center will be fiber bombed to coincide with the first AQS Fall Paducah QuiltWeek and the Paducah Fiber Festival.
New Public Voting
“This all new fall event will be an exciting time for quilters,” stated AQS President, Meredith Schroeder. “For the first time in an AQS Quilt Contest, the Best of Show award, as well as several other top awards, will be determined by public vote.” At the AQS Fall QuiltWeek event, the quilt contest is all new – new categories, new judging method, and the opportunity for quilt makers to win $121,250 in cash awards. The new AQS Quilt Contest at the AQS Fall QuiltWeek features a Best of Show award of $20,000. There will be no purchase awards for the Fall Paducah contest. The public will take an active role as judge and critic; the top seven prizes will be awarded based on the public votes. After experienced quilt judges select the first through third place awards for the 15 categories in the contest, members of the quilting community will each be able to cast one vote to decide the overall rank of the top winners. All public voting will be online at AmericanQuilter.com/Vote (will not be active until voting starts), starting at 6pm on Tuesday, September 12, during the AQS Fall QuiltWeek Contest Premiere, and conclude at noon on Friday, September 15. There will be voting stations at the show starting on Tuesday evening; you can also vote using your phone. The final awards will be presented at the AQS Winners Showcase at Walker Hall from 6:308pm on Friday, September 15. Hors d’oeuvres will be available in the lobby starting at 6pm. The evening will begin with a tribute to Bill Schroeder, co-founder of the American Quilter’s Society and emceed by Mark Sherman.
This web site includes all the exhibits, classes, instructors, admission, vendors, contest information and rules, travel/lodging, even tips for tours and groups. The site also includes information about AQS sanctioned events and brand new maps for shuttle services in our area for the week.
American Quilter's Society
The American Quilter’s Society is the largest quilting membership organization in the world. For 33 years, AQS has been the leading voice in quilting inspiration and advice. AQS believes that with the proper resources, the creative individual can take their quilting projects beyond what they can imagine. For more information on the American Quilter’s Society, please visit americanquilter.com or call 270.898.7903.
iPLAY by Sarah Ladd
Beneath the Bluegrass Finding Buried Treasure with the West Kentucky Treasure Preservation Society
ave you ever seen someone walking along a beach or a in a field with a metal detector? Ever wonder if they find anything? Well, people have been looking for buried treasure since they could dig with a stick! Metal detectors have made finding things that are buried in the ground a fun and interesting activity. Here’s a few fun facts: The first metal detectors were invented to find gold and other precious metals way back in the 19th century. The first hand held metal detector came along in 1874 and a metal detector was used to locate a bullet lodged in President James Garfield’s chest in 1881! As the design of the equipment was refined and batteries became more advanced, it became easier to locate items of interest and relics that were buried, and lost. Archaeologists in particular embraced this technology.
Finding & Preserving Our Past
Most Americans are addicted to something – working out, school, eating, alcohol, running, smoking, and/or controlled substances. Addiction drives people to using or abusing a thing in excess and that causes physical, social, and psychological damage. An obsession with anything, no matter how seemingly safe, can result in addiction and damage. Opioids are designated controlled substances because if you’re addicted to them you have a much greater possibility of dying from an overdose.
Preserving A Way Of Life
“Our history is what made each one of us who we are today,” said Randy Harris, vice president of the club. “Why wouldn’t I want to help preserve these relics from a simpler time and keep alive our ancestor’s way of life? I love spending my time bringing back parts of history that were almost lost. They helped us all get here. I strive to appreciate that and what they experienced in order to fully respect it.” Monthly meetings unite members as they discuss each other’s progress and exploration of areas they have designated of interest. “We provide guidance to all members and educate them about illegal hunting habits that would upset community members or violate legal authority,” explained Harris. “We support bringing history back into view and we want to assure that it is done correctly and legally.” Sometimes, a member may find a relic and not fully understand its history or value. The meetings offer various education sessions to aide hunters and detectorists in understanding the importance and value of their finds. “We encourage each member to bring forward their recent finds,” said Harris. By peer vote we select what we call ‘Find of the Month’. This helps keep everyone eager to return to their local hunting spots to secure finds - it creates a little competitive spirit in everyone.”
The West Kentucky Treasure Preservation Society recognizes that many of its members have youngsters at home, whether children or grandchildren. The club strives to remain kid-friendly by hosting “kid hunts”. Children search for smaller prizes such as wheat pennies, Susan B Anthony’s, or other semi unique coins.
The club also holds very creative hunts, where they incorporate playing cards. “The card serves as an identifier for the token, and can be played like a game of poker,” Harris told me. “This form of creative hunting really helps us mix people together: novice and advanced as well as adults and children. It gets the whole family involved.” If you are looking for a place that encourages friendship, fellowship, and family, along with a constructive and shared hobby, look no further. The club wants to gain more public participation this year, and they look forward to hearing from you. For more information, contact Randy Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beneath the Bluegrass Club Hunt
October 7 and 8, 2017 is the seventh annual open detector hunt for the club. This will be held at Stuart Nelson Park in Paducah from 12 to 3pm. There will be prizes so check in with the society’s social media page for details as they become available. The club is doing all it can to get more people involved. The club hunt is a two-day affair. There are specially marked metal tokens placed just below the grass for each specific hunt. They’re out of site and this restricts the need for actual digging since it is a public park. The detectorists line up at same time and are released simultaneously – all with the goal of rapidly searching until all tokens are accounted for, or all hunters satisfied that area had been searched to the best of their abilities.
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“This method of group hunting has worked very well for us in the past,” Harris said. Prize selections are changed each year and include baseball caps, hunting pouches, new detectors, grilling kits, TV’s, silver and gold coins, and civil war relics that haven been donated by club members after having been found in our region.
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Club meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 7pm at Lebanon United Methodist Church - 4620 AT Massa Drive in Paducah.
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Going Bananas! 55th Annual Twin Cities Banana Festival
urchase Area Family Magazine is always trying to shine a spotlight on events around the Purchase Area. One that you may have overlooked is the twin cities Banana Festival. The Twin Cities are Fulton, Kentucky and South Fulton, Tennessee and every September they GO BANANAS.
While it is true the weather is not conducive to growing bananas, the twin cities have had a great impact on bananas in the United States. In about 1880 the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad was the first to develop refrigerated cars. Suddenly those not living in tropical regions could enjoy fruit such as bananas year round. The United Fruit Co., now Chiquita, began shipping bananas from South America to the port of New Orleans. The bananas were loaded into rail cars on top of 162 pound blocks of ice, for the trip north. Fulton had the only ice house on the route north to Chicago. The bananas were re-iced with blocks from the Fulton Ice Plant, which is now closed. Empty rail cars were pulled up to the side of the ice
At one point, over 70% of the bananas that were consumed in the US passed through Fulton. Fulton became known as The Banana Capital of the World.
A Festival Begins
house and the ice were loaded end up covering the entire box car. The bananas were then laid on top of the ice to continue their journey.
So, now that the concept of Bananas in Fulton, Kentucky makes sense, why all the fuss? They owe that in part to Carolyn Allen Dunavant. When Carolyn was an 8th grade student at Carr Elementary School, she wrote a letter to Chet Huntly, a news anchor for NBC, inviting him to the International Banana Festival. Chet took her up on her offer and sent national news cameras to cover the small town festival. The International Banana Festival has had many changes over the years. In the early years Amigos, young people from South America, who ranged in age from 16-20, would come about two weeks before the festival to stay with local families. They would attend parties, churches, schools, and socialize with local teenagers. This provided both groups with a wonderful experience that no textbook could match.
Banana Pudding The highlight of the festival has always been the One Ton Banana Pudding, deemed the world’s largest. After traveling in the parade the pudding is then distributed to hungry festival attendees.
2017 Banana Festival This year’s festival will be full of memory making events for all ages. The list of events, concerts, and activities is immense. “We have a lot on the Line here in the Twin Cities, so take it all in during the festival week,” said Festival Chairman Kristina Wilson. “It is great to see two communities come together and celebrate the tradition of the towns,” Krissy Johnston, festival co-chair, told me.
Banana Ball Kick-Off Events are scheduled September 9-16, but the 55th annual weeklong event will kick off with The Banana Ball being held Saturday, September 9 at 7pm at Buck’s Celebration Center, featuring food, drinks and entertainment by Nashville group, The Top Tier. On Wednesday, September 13, the Unity Park Chalk Art Extravaganza will begin at 5:30pm. This is a free family event that will be followed by Faith & Family Night concert with The Joylanders.
Before Anderson takes the stage, Brennley Brown will perform at 7pm. Brown is a 15 year old, country singer-songwriter and finalist on Season 12 of The Voice. Brown holds an Ovation Award, voices characters on Nickelodeon, Disney and DreamWorks and has performed for soldout crowds across the country. Brandon Holland will be the headlining music act on Friday, September 15 at 8:45pm. Holland has played at several fairs and festivals opening for artists including Florida Georgia Line, Dwight Yoakam, Bucky Covington, Frankie Ballard, Jo Dee Messina, and Casey James. He has also played as direct support for artists like Kellie Pickler, David Lee Murphy, and LOCASH. Opening for Holland on Friday will be singersongwriter Shelby Lowe at 7:30pm. Lowe is a native of middle Tennessee and a graduate with a degree in Music Business from MTSU. Shelby’s selftitled debut album was released in October of 2016. Lowe has opened for great artists such as Charlie Daniels, Cowboy Troy, Sister Hazel, Darryl Worley and Big Smo. So, now you know why there’s a Banana Festival in the Twin cities and all the amazing events that happen each year. Check out this family friendly festival! For more information about concerts, events or registration, visit thebananafestival.com.
On Thursday, September 14, at 7pm, the festival will host the Fulton’s Got Talent contest. The winner will receive $500 and will be the opening act for Saturday night’s concert. There will be a Banana 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 16 at 8am. The Grande Parade will also take place on Saturday beginning at 5pm. Saturday evening the One Ton Banana Pudding will also be served. Other events include a Pistol & Turkey Shoot, Miss Banana pageants, photography & school art contests, carnival, fashion show, a kiddie parade, Banana Bake-Off, health fair, Rotary Club Car Show, Banana Brawl, Greased Pig Contest, Doggy Pageant, and Light Pole Decorating Contest. There will also be numerous vendors selling crafts, food, etc. You can also purchase t-shirts, souvenirs, candy/pudding buckets, banana beads, cups, koozies, drinks, ice cream, in the Banana Cabana during the festival beginning Wednesday, September 14.
Dance the Night Away Music is a big part of the Banana Festival. On Saturday, September 16 at 8pm, County music artist Keith Anderson will take the stage. Anderson is a country music artist and was one of several co-writers on "Beer Run (B Double E Double Are You In?), a duet by Garth Brooks and George Jones. In addition to his own material, Anderson co-wrote Big & Rich's single Lost in This Moment, a number one hit on the country music charts in mid-2007.
by Evelyn M. Jones, MD, WellSprings Dermatology
Living Fully As We Age
one of us like to age and for many women the changes we experience with the onset of Menopause are the first real signs that weâ€™re getting older. For some, menopause begins very abruptly due to surgery or other medical treatment. For others, it occurs naturally as ovaries diminish in function over time. However, the underlying health implication is a fluctuation in the level and balance of hormones; leading to emotional, physical and mental changes. I encourage you as women, to embrace the changes and learn to live fully during this time with a beautiful and accepting sense of self, faith and humor. I believe the more informed we become about true expectations, the more empowered we feel. As a
dermatologist, I seek to treat but also educate and guide my patients through this season of skin, hair and nail changes. Throughout menopause, skin begins to show signs of progressive dryness, fine lines, wrinkles, irregular pigmentation, brown spots, larger pores, and oftentimes whiteheads. These skin issues are mostly due to hormonal changes but can also result from environmental influences and ineffective product use. Letâ€™s consider for a moment how we can actually help our skin during this time.
Dry brushing is a helpful technique for full body skin to exfoliate the dead, dry skin cells just prior to showering or bathing. Using a brush with appropriate bristles, all strokes should be directed toward the heart to maximize circulation and lymphatic system benefits.
Every year we lose part of our protective water barrier during menopause so keeping the skin hydrated is important. The type of product used is critical because many of the moisturizers on the market, including coconut oil, consist of large molecules not effectively absorbed into the skin. In spite of the immediate feel good application, they actually lead to further aging and dryness of the skin. Staying hydrated benefits our circulation and our skin. This best occurs with unpolluted waterâ€Ś without any artificial sweeteners, flavorings, colorings and products dissolved in it. This is very important for our skin. Drink about 80 ounces of pure water every day, adding more if caffeinated beverages are consumed that result in further dehydration. Support all levels of your skin with physician strength skin care products. These have been carefully studied, proven to be absorbed effectively, and are regulated
under the FDA. Daily skin cleansing and toning, along with supportive products such as vitamin C, tretinoin, DNA enzyme repair cream, as well as a ‘twice weekly’ scrub is critical in maintaining the overall health and look of the skin. Finish out the morning routine with healthy mineral make-up.
Daily Use of Sunscreen
There are definite and numerous health benefits in spending time outside.
proper weight, and increase endorphin levels. Incorporate a variety of stretching, weight training and cardiovascular exercise into your weekly schedule. Having a friend accompany you adds a beautiful component of social connectedness and accountability. Menopause has a satiric side when it comes to our hair. We lose hair where we want it and gain hair where we do not. We can still take steps to make a difference though. •
H owe ve r, the myth that we need to be in the sun for our vitamin D levels was debunked long ago. Our primary ability to convert a Vitamin D metabolite to active Vitamin D in the skin is maximized at five minutes of sun exposure a day and then it begins to diminish. So, obtain your Vitamin D from food and supplementation while you protect your skin with sunscreen and UPF clothing to decrease aging of the skin as well as skin cancer.
Proper nutrition is absolutely a must during this season of life. Protein is the building block for the collagen in our skin and hair therefore we need an adequate amount of animal or plant protein daily. Minimize empty calories such as high sugar. Consume good fats every day to optimize mental function. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, the newest recommendation to optimize health and stave off chronic disease is 13-17 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. To adequately do this, I recommend a variety of quality fruits and vegetables along with daily Juice Plus capsules.
Facial Hair: There really is no simple cure for this…just routine maintenance. I recommend removal with waxing or dermaplaning. For a limited number, and only for those with darkly pigmented hair, laser can be effective but requires multiple treatments. Scalp Hair: Many times our hair begins a thinning process during this time. We can minimize this by supporting our hair with Biotin supplements, consuming adequate protein in our diets, supplementing with Juice Plus and finding stress relievers. As stress worsens hair loss, needed relief may include mindfulness, yoga, exercise, prayer, reading, time with friends, etc. Explore what helps you relieve your stress. • Eyelashes: The eyelashes can lose volume as well as length and quantity. Using a type of serum that enhances their growth can be very beneficial.
Our nails dehydrate as well as our skin during the menopausal season. To prevent the ridges and splitting that can occur, hydration is essential. The best way to do this is to use a cuticle conditioner on a daily basis. Also, soak the nails in slightly warmed olive oil for about 30 minutes, twice a week. We can’t prevent menopause but we can diminish symptoms. Take care of yourself and if needed, seek help with your dermatologist in managing unwanted skin, hair and nail changes. In closing, one of the best approaches to menopause is to simply accept change and trust God as you rest in His Will for you. Love yourself! Love others! Focus on God's beautiful gifts, blessings and opportunities as you seek to use them for God's glory!
Physical movement is a must to increase vascularity to the skin, promote joint health, maintain
iLEARN by Sarah Ladd
MSU Construction Career Day
n todayâ€™s economy, continuing with your education after high school is more important than ever. Unfortunately it is often assumed that attending college is primarily for those seeking jobs in business, medical and legal fields. There are, however, an increasing number of students who will go into construction and skilled labor jobs and there is nothing wrong with that. There is a huge and growing job market for skilled carpenters, electricians, plumbers, welders, engineers and more!
Murray State University (MSU) is gearing up for its 7th annual Construction Career Day designed specifically to reach students who are potentially interested in these fields. A group from the MSU Institute of Engineering together with principals from various vocational schools and contractors created the event. They hope to attract high school students to enter construction and other skilled labor careers. Together with local vendors they created a fair so that junior and senior high school students could be introduced to technical classes in the area.
The event anticipates around 1600 students, from 25 school systems, will attend this year. “Our main goal is to connect our students with the industry professionals,” said Chris Nelson, the executive vice-president of the Associated General Contractors of Western Kentucky. “Another important thing we do at career day is introduce students to the scope of the industries they’re interested in. Some people do not realize how broad a field actually is. There is usually a lot more to a particular field of interest than meets the eyes.” The event also seeks to bridge the gap between high school teachers and these technical professionals. Nelson feels that the two have often been just a name to each other and nothing more. For the success of all involved, he feels there needs to be more relationships formed between professionals. “People need to put a face to names. It’s important to connect people. We need to connect educators with industry professionals.”
High school teachers who have attended the event say that they wished this kind of program was around when they were that age “Our primary focus for this event is to help young people see opportunities to go into the skilled trades,” said Danny Claiborne, chair for MSU’s Institute of Engineering. “These are jobs that pay well and can last a lifetime! Some of these students will pursue their interests in a two-year program at West Kentucky Community and Technical College and some then will pursue management careers by getting a four-year degree in engineering technology at Murray State.” Whichever program they choose, the event will provide them with a comprehensive idea of what their area can offer them.
Rewards for Students
In the past, there has been a negative stigma attached to labor jobs. The event committee are determined to change that. “I want to show students that it’s OK to work with your hands,” said Nelson. “You can make money with a technical trade - you can make good money! Traditional college is not for everyone,” he admitted. “Students need to see that this is another, completely respectable route.” “We have a national organization in Washington, D.C., and they just completed a survey of approximately 2,000 contractors nationwide. Seventy-five percent of those contractors say they need trade-skilled workers. The work is starting to ramp up and we need more people to fill positions! The Baby Boomers are retiring and the average age of a construction worker now is about 48 years old. So, for future projects, we need young people to come into the field to learn those skills. The survey also indicates there’s a need for project managers and other positions that usually require a college education.”
The fair maintains a great relationship with MSU, West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC), and the local vocational schools associated with high schools. “From the Mississippi River eastward, we get Kentucky schools as far as Warren East High School” Nelson told me. “Our program is unique in many ways and draws from a large geographic area. We really appreciate our partnerships with these school districts and with Murray State.” WKCTC faculty, staff, and students have participated in the event each year providing demonstration booths for programs such as welding, construction, diesel technologies, computerized manufacturing and machining. MSU representatives will be on site to share about all the programs Murray State has to offer. “MSU has so many options,” said Nelson. “We want to share information about all our wonderful programs.” The day will include hands on activities, carpentry, welding, and heavy equipment operations, all under supervision. Students will make wooden and metal tool boxes. The College Construction Day will be held September 14th from 8:30am to 2pm at the William Cherry Expo Center in Murray. There is no entry fee, and the program pays for transportation. If you or your school is interested in participating please contact Chris Nelson (AGC): cnelson@ agcwky.org or 270.744-6261.
iPET by Amy Noles
It's All Going to the Dogs! Missing Bella Month
issing Bella is a local animal advocacy organization that rescues pets and provides a low cost spay & neuter program in western Kentucky. This 501c3 non-profit organization is holding a number of fundraising events in September. They are on a mission to reduce the pet overpopulation. If you’re a dog or cat lover you’ll want to be a part of Missing Bella’s events Week!
Events Include... September 18
Be a part of the Woof & Waggle Open Golf at Rolling Hills Country Club.
The Carson Center is donating $1 for every ticket sold to see the Olate Dogs performance.
Shop at the FLEA Market - yep, that’s a pun - at The Riff on Irvin Cobb Drive. The evening will end with the Rock the KasPAW concert featuring country party band, Kickapoo Junction. Proceeds to benefit a Service Dog for a Veteran. “September has always been our busy fundraising month. What we raise helps us to continue issuing the spay/neuter vouchers and help people with emergency veterinary assistance. Locally, programs like this did not exist and the need continues to grow. Requests have doubled since last year," said Lisa Lauck, co-founder of Missing Bella. “The local shelters are full of cats and dogs that don’t have a home and there are citizens who cannot afford the expense of spaying or neutering their pets. By providing this service, we want to prevent the unexpected litters that fill our shelters.”
Missing Bella has challenged Dr. Lanita Flanary to spay or neuter 100 dogs or cats in five days. That means she will have to do 20 surgeries per day! Chip Wynn with Chip Wynn Motors has pledged $5 for every animal she sterilizes. They are asking other businesses or individuals to match that pledge – what a great idea!
The Olate Dogs are the winning participants from Season 7 of America's Got Talent, capturing the $1,000,000 prize. The show will be at the Carson Center on September 21. The Olate Dogs are a high-energy, fast-paced act filled with doggie friendly and amazing pet tricks. Since all the dogs are rescues, the show encourages the venues to partner with a rescue in their market. From this partnership, Missing Bella will receive $1 for every individual ticket sold. Tickets are $18 + fees and can be purchased by call 270.450.4444.
All proceeds from the concert will go to Missing Bella’s Service Dog for a Veteran program. They have partnered with This Able Veteran, based in Southern Illinois, to sponsor a service dog for a veteran in western Kentucky. The selected veteran and their dog will graduate from the program in September 2018. A special guest and his dog will be at Rock the KasPaw promoting the program.
The FLEA Market will be held at The Riff from 8am to 1pm on September 30. Anyone can purchase a 10x10 vendor space. Booths inside are $25 and booths outside are $10. Vendor can keep their proceeds or donate them. Vendors will be able to set up their booth the day before. If you are not able to set up your own table, you are welcome to donate items to Missing Bella to sell at the market.
Rock the KasPAW
The Riff will turn from a flea market back into a concert venue with doors opening at 7pm. Local band, Mandy Vixen and the Gas Station Chicken, will start the night off and get the crowd ready for Central Illinois’ top country party band, Kickapoo Junction. Tickets are just $30 for reserved seats in advance and $25 for general admission at the door. All attendees with leave with a special giveaway.
Kickapoo Junction (KJ) is loaded up with today’s hottest modern country hits & is going full throttle to bring their high-energy, rockin’ country show to The Riff. If you love to dance and party, you are not going to want to miss this train as KJ storms into Paducah with their rare combination of musical talents. By definition a junction is where two or more railway lines meet or cross. Kickapoo Junction is just that... a mix of seasoned players from all different backgrounds that have crossed paths to come together for your musical entertainment. They are the premier country band in central Illinois with the tag line, This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Country.
Woof & Waggle Open Golf Scramble Get your team together and join Missing Bella for a fun afternoon on the golf course. The scramble is at Rolling Hills Country Club with a 1pm shotgun start. A foursome is just $300 and includes lunch catered by Rafferty’s, cart, green fees, and a player bag filled with goodies. Can’t play but would like to support the event? Purchase a hole sponsorship
for $100 or donate an item to the silent auction. Prizes are awarded to the first place team in three categories: All men, all women, and mixed teams. Men can purchase skirts which allows them to tee off from the ladies’ tee box. Women can purchase albatrosses which allows them to tee off from the 150-yard marker. The event was packed last year so get your entry form in soon or register online at http://birdeasepro.com/ misssingbella Missing Bella will also be selling raffle tickets to win one of three new brand name clubs. Tickets will be $1 for 1 ticket or $5 for 10 tickets.
Rafferty's in Paducah
Missing Bella and Rafferty’s Paducah have partnered for their Extend a Paw program. Rafferty’s will give all patrons one free croissant. Proceeds from purchased croissants will benefit Missing Bella. This is a yearlong partnership with other fundraising events in the works.
It all started because of a stray dog - a mistreated Brussels Griffon, who was rescued by Lisa Lauck in November 2009. After taking her home, the two developed a special bond. In May 2010, Bella, who was deathly
afraid of men, was spooked and ran off while they were visiting a friend’s house. Lauck and her friend, Christie Bell, started a Facebook page for Bella hoping to locate her. They never found Bella but they did find something else - a community of people who cared about missing, abused or homeless animals and wanted to do something about it. The Facebook page grew into Missing Bella, a 501c3 non-profit organization, that Lauck and Bell run in addition to their day jobs. The dynamic duo are both avid animal lovers. The Dylan’s Dawgz Spay and Neuter Program was formed in honor of Bell's son, Dylan, who died in a car accident when he was just 19 years old. Dylan’s catchphrase, “What’s up dawg?” was the inspiration for the program's name. By helping people get their animals spayed and neutered, and reducing the number of unwanted animals in shelters, Dylan’s Dawgz helps reduce animal abuse and euthanasia. Over 2.7 million animals are euthanized in shelters every year. Millions more are on the streets without nurturing homes. Dylan’s Dawgz has already spayed or neutered 116 dogs and 150 cats. If you would like more information about any of these events, please contact Lisa Lauck at email@example.com.
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FREE Grand Rivers Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival 9am-3pm Lighthouse Landing grandriversartsandcraftsfestival.com 270.362.0152 The event features original & handcrafted items from almost 100 crafters & artisans from 10 states. Visitors can also enjoy a wide variety of delicious carnival food & regional specialties while at the festival. Touchdowns & Tunes Tailgate Party 2017 11am-11pm War Memorial Stadium touchdownsandtunes.com 253.212.8186 A county music & football featuring Cody Johnson, Restless Heart, & many more. Broadcast games & scores, Operation Troop Aid support, award-winning songwriters, food & beverage vendors, as well as a meet & greet with musicians & players.
FREE Kids Craft Hour 3-4pm Metropolis Public Library metropolispubliclibrary.com 618.524.4312 Make your own I Spy bottles using recycled water bottles, rice, & different trinkets. Intended for kids ages 7 & up. Movies for Me: The Iron Giant 4pm Maiden Alley Cinema maidenalleycinema.org 270.441.7007 A boy makes friends with an innocent alien giant robot that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy. Music @MAC: Legendary Shack Shakers 7pm Maiden Alley Cinema maidenalleycinema.org 270.441.7007 Legendary Shack Shakers will be shaking the place up.
FREE Grand Rivers Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival 9am-3pm Lighthouse Landing grandriversartsandcraftsfestival.com 270.362.0152 See September 2nd description.
FREE Grand Rivers Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival 9am-3pm Lighthouse Landing grandriversartsandcraftsfestival.com 270.362.0152 See September 2nd description. FREE Labor Day Celebration 9:30am Downtown Paducah Riverfront paducah.travel 1.800.PADUCAH Celebrate Labor Day with a morning parade followed by live entertainment & family activities at Carson Park.
FREE Adulting: Etiquette 5:30-7pm McCracken Co. Cooperative Extension mccrackenextension.org 270.554.9520 Adulting is tough, but we're here to help make it easier! In this month's free workshop, we'll learn all about dinner etiquette - which fork to use, where the napkin goes & how to pass the bread.
Book for Hope: 2nd Annual Just Imagine Walk 8-11am Noble Park eventbrite.com Childhood Cancer survivors will lead the walk, as well as those that are walking in memory of a loved one. FREE Credit & Money Management Class 10am-Noon McCracken Co. Public Library mclib.net 270.442.2510 x119 Teaching you about establishing or increasing your credit score, creating a budget, how to read a credit report & what can be done to correct errors that may negatively affect your credit rating. 2017 MGCC Couples Invitational 1pm Mayfield-Graves Co. Country Club mayfieldgravescountryclub.com 270.247.1862 Go with a friend or your significant other & play a few rounds of golf. Remote Viewing 6-7pm Wildhair Studio's Rock Shop nicerockshop.com 270.444.6115 Explore & develop using your intuition & psychic sense to get impressions about a distant or unseen object or target. Practice how to sense the hidden contents of three boxes & accurately interpret what you see. Fun & fascinating for all.
MSU College Football 6pm Roy Stewart Stadium goracers.com 270.809.3000 Cheer on your MSU Racers as they take on Central Arkansas! PSO Opening Night: Porgy & Bess 7:30-9:30pm The Carson Center paducahsymphony.org/porgy-bess 270.444.0065 Maestro Raffaele Ponti conducts Leonard Bernstein’s overture to Candide, embarking on an evening filled with both nostalgic sounds & new ones to many ears. Gershwin’s beloved Porgy & Bess (symphonic picture) celebrates opening night with some of the composers most enduring melodies. The First Symphony by Italian composer Giovanni Sgambati brings this concert to a close with fresh romanticism.
our multi-generational workforce today. Focusing on each of the generations found in the workplace today. Lions Club Charity Fundraiser Golf Scramble 9am-2pm Calvert City Golf & Country Club calvertcitycountryclub.com 270.395.5831 2 Person Golf Scramble. Fall AQS QuiltWeek 2017 9am Paducah McCracken Co. Convention & Expo Center quiltweek.com 270.408.1346 Another opportunity for people across the world to come to Paducah & see what Quilt City U.S.A. has to offer.
2017 MGCC Couples Invitational 1pm Mayfield-Graves Co. Country Club mayfieldgravescountryclub.com 270.247.1862 See September 9th description.
Ripcord Auditions 6:30pm Market House Theatre markethousetheatre.org 270.444.6828 Perusal scripts are available for check out three days prior to auditions for a small fee. Faith in Film: Snow Falling on Cedars 4pm Maiden Alley Cinema maidenalleycinema.org 270.441.7007 A U.S. Japanese fisherman may have killed his neighbor Carl at sea. In the 1950s, race figures into the trial. So does reporter Ishmael.
Empaths 6-7pm Wildhair Studio's Rock Shop nicerockshop.com 270.444.6115 What does being an empath mean!? Are you affected by other people's energies, & have an innate ability to intuitively feel & perceive others? Are other’s always telling you that you are too sensitive? Get your questions answered. Ripcord Auditions 6:30pm Market House Theatre markethousetheatre.org 270.444.6828 Perusal scripts are available for check out three days prior to auditions for a small fee.
Multi-Generations at Work 8am-Noon West Kentucky Community & Technical College ws.kctcs.edu/westkentucky 270.534.3335 Age gaps, appearance & attitude are a few defining factors of
FREE Antique Gas Engine & Tractor Show 5:30-7pm Carson Park kentuckytourism.com 270.554.9520 Past shows have featured a parade, flea market, arts & crafts, barbecue, music, horse & mule pulls, a petting zoo, antique fire trucks & more. FREE Landscape Drawing Class 9:30am-11pm McCracken Co. Cooperative Extension mccrackenextension.org 270.554.9520 Join us for this hands-on workshop as we learn to draw our landscaping designs! All supplies are provided, no green thumb necessary. 34th Annual Life House Banquet 6:30am-8:30pm Curris Center Ballroom lhouse.org 270.753.0700 Join us for the 34th Annual Life House Banquet to raise funds for this life saving ministry. If you will be attending, you must RSVP to ensure yourself a seat. FREE Evening Upstairs - A Distant Light: Kentucky's Journey Toward Racial Injustice 7-8pm McCracken Co. Public Library mclib.net 270.442.2510 Cunningham's last published book, reveals dramatic plots of murder, kidnapping & mob violence. Racial justice is set on a brighter path as Cunningham pens a disturbing past & moves readers toward a higher ground because of historical giants who followed a distant light.
Professional Development Conference 9am-3pm Curris Center Ballroom fourriversshrm.com 270.559.6981 Open to all business professionals. Struggling with managing the various generations in the workforce? Trying to figure out how to bridge the talent gap? Dreading writing & administering performance appraisals? Need advice on how to handle common employee performance problems? Qualifies for SHRM recertification credits. Breakfast & lunch included with registration fee.
Charity Tennis Tournament Call for Times Lone Oak Tennis Center paducahtennis.usta.com 270.519.0257 Proceeds benefit the Easter Seals West Kentucky & Play Tennis Paducah. Registration deadline is September 6. Also available just for fun lawn golf, corn hole, badminton & photo booth. Food available for purchase. Co-Ed End of Summer Bash 8am Mayfield-Graves County Country Club mayfieldgravescountryclub.com 270.970.4268 Double Elimination CoEd Softball Tournament.Â Must have roster sheet filled out before tournament play. Will play by NSA Rules.
FREE Murray 5k & Walk to Defeat ALS 8am CFSB Center, MSU @MurrayWalktoDefeatALS 270.809.5577 Double Elimination CoEd Softball Tournament. Must have roster sheet filled out before tournament play. Will play by NSA Rules. Friends of Pollinators Weekend 9am Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park gardenclubky.org 270.559.7663 A fun, family oriented day of programs on bees, birds, butterflies, moths & even bats, plus native plants that support them. AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk 9:30am Kentucky Oaks Mall afsp.donordrive.com 270.619.6002 Join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness & funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, & support survivors of suicide loss. Intuitive Readings by Brandt Graves 12-3pm Wildhair Studio's Rock Shop nicerockshop.com 270.444.6115 What does the rest of the year hold for you? Find out with a reading from their in-house psychic. Brandt's mission is to provide spiritual healing, guidance & insight.
4th Annual Woof & Waggle Open Golf Scramble 1-4pm Rolling Hills Country Club rhccgolf.com 270.898.8100 All proceeds go to Dylan's Dawgz Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program.
Auras: Learn How To See Them 10-11am Wildhair Studio's Rock Shop nicerockshop.com 270.444.6115 Learn simple techniques to actually see auras with your own eyes. We often have an Angel show up for the class to see! Anyone can do it with instruction & a little practice. Love Amazing Annual Gala 5:30-8pm Paducah McCracken Co. Convention & Expo Center hopeunlimitedfcc.org 270.442.1166 Showcasing the Love Amazing that happens at our Metropolis & Paducah locations ever day. You will hear personal stories from parents working to better their family. You will be inspired by the passion of their staff & volunteers. Come prepared to have your life change, as you hear how others have changed their lives.
1st Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest 6pm Silent Brigade Distillery silentbrigadedistillery.com 270.709.3242 Must enter by September 9. Prizes for all entries with the grand prize of $100 for the most hot dogs eaten. Eat over 72 hot dogs & have a chance to be fully sponsored by Silent Brigade to enter a national eating competition.
WKSCCA Auto-X #5 9am-4pm Beacon Dragway beacondragway.com 270.898.8100 Helmets will be provided if you do not have one. Anyone under 18 will need a parent present to sign a yearly waver form. Instructors available. Please make sure your car is ready. Charity Tennis Tournament Call for Times Lone Oak Tennis Center paducahtennis.usta.com 270.519.0257 See September 16th description.
will be able to network with professionals in the industry & learn more about IT companies in the region.
ROSH HASHANAH begins at sundown
Prostate Screening & Seminar 7am Baptist Health Heart Center baptisthealthpaducah.com 270.777.4545 Physicians Michael Knox, MD, Donald Spicer, MD, & Matthew Young, MD will discuss men's health issues, including prostate cancer & symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Register by calling.
PEACE DAY FIRST OF MUHARRAM begins at sundown FREE 2017 Touch A Truck 10am-Noon Paducah's Downtown Gazebo paducahky.gov/touch-truck-0 270.444.8508 Kids, teachers, & families can see & touch approximately two dozen types of vehicles. Vehicles typically participating include a helicopter, fire truck, ambulance, tow truck, concrete mixer, dump truck, garbage truck, trolley, & police car. Participants also get to meet the people who operate the vehicles on a daily basis. FREE I.T. Matters 12:30-4:30pm Murray State Paducah Campus murraystate.edu 270.809.3987 Conference for small businesses & IT professionals to learn about a variety of information technology topics from IT experts. Attendees
FREE West is Best Barbecue & Auction 6-10pm West Kentucky Community & Technical College westkentucky.kctcs.edu/Giving 270.809.3987 Silent & live auction items, great entertainment & a delicious barbecue dinner. Proceeds benefit Paducah Junior College, Inc., providing scholarships for WKCTC students. Olate Dogs 6:30-8pm The Carson Center thecarsoncenter.org 270.450.4444 Led by father Richard Olate & his son Nicholas Olate, the Olate Dogs are a high-energy, fast-paced act filled with doggie friendly & amazing pet tricks. The all-new LIVE theatrical show include the famous jumping rope, twirling spinning & fun-loving Olate Dogs. May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers 7-9pm Maiden Alley Cinema maidenalleycinema.org 270.441.7007 Filmed with extraordinary access over more than two years, May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers is a deeply intimate & revealing look at the Grammy Award-nominated North Carolina band fronted by Seth & Scott Avett.
Do you sometimes not feel like yourself or maybe even feel like someone else? Four Rivers Behavioral Health’s iHOPE Program is especially designed for the treatment of first episode psychosis such as, hallucinations, delusions or perhaps an inability to tell what’s real from what isn’t. Early treatment ensures a better and faster recovery by reducing symptom progression. With treatment young people can maintain their personal identity, be an advocate for themselves and potentially avoid hospitalization. For information about the iHOPE Program for treating first episode psychosis, contact our Center for Adult Services or our Center for Specialized Children’s Services at 270.442.7121 or visit our iHOPE website at www.4rbhiHOPE.org.
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FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN Into the Woods Various Times MainStage School of Performing Arts mymainstageschool.com 270.558.4249 A group of talented students putting together a production of Into the Woods. FREE PYP Picnic in the Park 12-1pm Noble Park paducahchamber.org 270.443.1746 Lunch will be provided by FNB Bank & include fish, all the sides & a drink.
Boo Bash Kuttawa Mountain Dash 8am Lake Barkley State Resort Park active.com/kuttawa-ky 270.625.0235 The course begins at the large pavilion in Old Kuttawa Park, continues down the road to the beginning of the Kuttawa Mountain Trail. Expect a challenging course. CurvesStrong 5k Run/Walk 8am-Noon Fort Massac State Park facebook.com/events/262402114248864 618.524.2797 All proceeds benefit Metropolis Sounthern Seven Head Start in order for them to purchase new outside/inside play equipment.
Archaeology Festival 10am-3pm Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site parks.ky.gov 270.335.3681 Special demonstrations & hands-on activities for learning about how archaeology happens, at a kid’s level. Featured activities include a mock excavation, artifact laboratory analysis, spear & atlatl throwing, bows & arrows, flint knapping, finger weaving, make & take home a pottery craft. An Archaeology Quest for kids will be available. Intro to Tai Chi 12-3pm Wildhair Studio's Rock Shop nicerockshop.com 270.444.6115 This class is a simple into to an ancient & gentle way to fight stress, & reduce stress/anxiety. It also helps increase flexibility & balance. Wear something comfortable! FREE Banned Book Craft 3-4pm Metropolis Public Library metropolispubliclibrary.com 618.524.4312 Celebrate your freedom to read! A banned book craft inspired by the frequently challenged book Charlotte’s Web. MSU College Football 6pm Roy Stewart Stadium goracers.com 270.809.3000 Cheer on your MSU Racers as they take on Austen Peay during Family Weekend!
Trivia Night 6:15pm Graves Co. High School graves.kyschools.us 270.674.6242 Teams consist of six players each. Each team also may purchase five free answer mulligans. Topfinishing teams will win prizes. Proceeds will fund activities of the Project-Based Learning English & Physics Class. No refreshments are for sale. Instead, teams are encouraged to bring their own food & beverages. Alcohol is not permitted.
Sara Evans 7:30pm The Carson Center thecarsoncenter.org 270.450.4444 Sara Evans returns to the stage this fall as part of the WPSD Telethon of Stars Celebration Concert.
Into the Woods Various Times MainStage School of Performing Arts mymainstageschool.com 270.558.4249 See September 22nd description.
An Evening with Steven Curtis Chapman 7:30pm Clemens Fine Arts Center artsinfocus.universitytickents.com 270.534.3212 A benefit concert to support the services of Paducah's Community Kitchen.Â Chapman will be present in the lobby following the concert for a book signing, featuring his new book,Â Between Heaven & the Real World: My Story. A reception with light refreshments will also take place following the concert in the Student Center Lounge. Into the Woods Various Times MainStage School of Performing Arts mymainstageschool.com 270.558.4249 See September 22nd description.
Summer Picnic in the Park 5pm Mike Miller County Park marshallcountyparks.com 270.206.8860 Come for food, fellowship, games & fun, stay for special guest speaker Bob Glenn. The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe Auditions 5:30pm Market House Theatre markethousetheatre.org 270.444.6828 Perusal scripts are available for check out three days prior to auditions for a small fee. FREE Eye Screenings 8:15am Canterbury Day School markethousetheatre.org 919.522.7488 The Murray Lions Club will be doing free eye exams for the children. By doing this early, many issues can be spotted & treated.
The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe Auditions 5:30pm Market House Theatre markethousetheatre.org 270.444.6828 See September 25th description. Soul Mates 6-7pm Wildhair Studio's Rock Shop nicerockshop.com 270.444.6115 Ready to find your Soul Mate? What's the difference between a Soulmate & a Life Partner? Learn how to tell the difference & attract your perfect match!
ZZ Top 7:15pm thecarsoncenter.org In Paducah for one night only!
The Carson Center 270.450.4444
2017 Barbecue on the River 9am-10pm Paducah's Downtown Riverfront bbqontheriver.org 270.450.4444 A community charitable event that has something for every taste bud! Three great days of barbecue plus 35+ BBQ teams from our area will be cooking over 80,000 pounds of pork & chicken in hopes of taking home the coveted Grand Champion trophy. FREE New Pathways Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction 6-9pm Broadway Church of Christ npfc.net 270.674.6061 Enjoy a complimentary meal, hear a message of hope from Director Ricky Burse, bid on a Silent or Live Auction item, & pick up some goodies at the bake sale! No reservation required. Doors open at 5pm.
Flea Market Fundraiser 8am-1pm missingbella.org Shop around & support the cause.
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Rock the KasPAW Concert 8am-1pm The Riff missingbella.org 270.547.0101 Featured band is central Illinois’ top country party band, Kickapoo Junction! Opening for them will be Mandy Vixen & Gas Station Chicken. All money raised will go towards Missing Bella's Service Dog for a Veteran Program via This Able Veteran. Into the Woods Various Times MainStage School of Performing Arts mymainstageschool.com 270.558.4249 See September 22nd description.
ON-GOING EVENTS & NOTICES Bags of Love McCracken Co. Cooperative Extension. 3 RD TUESDAYS 9:30am-12:30pm Inspired by the growing need of the children of our community who are displaced due to the poor choices of their parents. Bags provided to care for children's immediate needs. This handmade bag & it's contents are often the only items these children possess 270.554.9250 mccrackenextension.org
YOM KIPPUR 2017 Barbecue on the River 9am-10pm Paducah's Downtown Riverfront bbqontheriver.org 270.450.4444 See September 28th description. Into the Woods Various Times MainStage School of Performing Arts mymainstageschool.com 270.558.4249 See September 22nd description.
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2017 Barbecue on the River 9am-10pm Paducah's Downtown Riverfront bbqontheriver.org 270.450.4444 See September 28th description.
Ballard-Carlisle Historical & Genealogical Society Ballard-Carlisle Society/ Library Building, 257 4th St, Wickliffe. 2 ND MONDAY 6pm (April-October); 4TH SUNDAY 2pm (November-March). A group of people from two counties as well as around the country, who share a common interest in history & preserving the primary & secondary records in these counties. 270.210.3538
Friday Night Dances: Summer Series. Grand Rivers Community Center. 2ND FRIDAYS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 8 7pm. Featuring the Just Friends Band. 270.362.8976
Charitable Bingo Ballard County Board of Education, 264 E Kentucky Drive, Barlow. THURSDAYS 270.665.9844
Guided Meditation. Wildhair Studios' Rock Shop. 1ST TUESDAYS 6-7pm. Start with a five minute discussion about how to meditate & then a 20 minute guided meditation on a timely subject. Sessions end with an open floor brief discussion of experiences. 270.444.6115 nicerockshop.com
FREE Daughter Date Night. Graves County Public Library. 1ST TUESDAYS 5pm. Moms & daughters (ages 5-12) meet once a month to make a craft.
Karaoke Mondays Big Apple Cafe, Murray, KY. MONDAYS 8pm-Midnight 270.759.8866 bigapplemurray.com
Dearly Departed. Market House Theatre. SEPTEMBER 7-17 A group of colorful & dysfunctional Southern eccentrics gathers below the Mason-Dixon line. When the patriarch of the Turpin family keels over dead, the struggle to get him buried involves the whole clan… including trying to convince his wife not to put mean & surly on his tombstone. 270.444.6828 markethousetheatre.org
FREE Knitting (& Crocheting) Club. McCracken County Cooperative Extension. 1ST MONDAYS 9:30am. Whether you're a beginner or a seasonal knitter, there's a spot open for you. 270.554.9520 mccrackenextension.org
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 Spend some time as a family playing games such as Clue, Monopoly, Apples to Apples Jr., & Blink. Wii is also set up to for play. Kids under the age of 10 should be with an adult. 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
FREE Lego Night. Graves County Public Library. 1 ST MONDAYS 5pm Children K-6 grade: bring your adult over to the library & build some memories! gravescountypubliclibrary.org FREE L.I.F.E. Community Marriage Enrichment. 1ST SUNDAYS 6-7pm. Married couples are invited to these sessions to discuss issues that hinder marriage & how to overcome them. 270.575.3823. FREE Love Books & Love Bikes? McCracken County Public Library. Checkout books; check-out a bike lock. Something good to know – the McCracken County Public Library has bike locks at the front desk for check out. (Use your library card.) mclib.net McCracken County Humane Society Pet Adoptions. PetSmart. 3 RD WEDNESDAYS 10am–5pm mccrackenhumane.org FREE Mother Goose. Marshall County Public Library @Benton. WEDNESDAYS Stories, crafts & games for children 2-3. 10-10:30am marshallcolibrary.org FREE Paducah Community Chorus. First Christian Church. TUESDAYS 7pm. Anyone who loves choral singing is welcome to join. Call 270.443.8251 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Drop some science on the mic or listen with a fine cup of Joe. FREE Paws to Read. Graves County Public Library. 1ST THURSDAY In conjunction with the Mayfield Animal Shelter this special program allows children to read aloud to a therapy dog or cat for 15 minutes. Parents must fill out & sign a waiver. Open to children in grades K-6. gravescountypubliclibrary.org FREE Paducah Fiber Bombing. Market Square ART Park. SEPTEMBER 1-30 Sixteen trees will be wrapped in fabric art to help expand the definition of public art with colorful displays of fiber material. 270.444.8669
FREE Paducah Inn Boutique Hotel Music Jam. Paducah inn Boutique Hotel Bed & Breakfast. TUESDAYS 7pm Old Time Style Music Jam. All ages & levels meeting to learn to play with other instruments in a casual setting. Instruments: guitar, fiddle, bass, dobro. 270.978.1202 paducahbedandbreakfast.com Paducah Photographer’s Club. Paducah School of Art & Design, 905 Harrison Street. 1ST MONDAYS 6:30pm. Whether you’re a new hobbyist or full time professional, our club offers the opportunity to learn, share, network & form new friendships! email@example.com Red Wolf Treat Time. Homeplace 1850s Working Farm & Living History Museum. MONDAY-FRIDAY 1:30-2pm. Visit with the LBL red wolves, one of the most endangered mammals in the United States, & watch them “wolf” down a tasty treat. Find out how they become so endangered & what efforts biologists have made to try to save them from extinction. 800.525.7077 landbetweenthelakes.us
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. Each meeting has an educational topic related to the hobby of metal detecting or relic hunting, short business meeting for the good of the club. Meetings end with each member voting on submissions for the Find of the Month. wktps.com
FREE Resume Help McCracken County Public Library. THURSDAYS 5-8pm. mclib.net River City Singles Dance Carroll Convention Center MONDAY 7–11pm. $6. FREE Robert Coleman Sprayground. Husbands Street & Walter Jetton Blvd, Paducah. DAILY THROUGH LABOR DAY 10am-8pm 270.444.8508 Smokehouse Magic Homeplace 1850s Working Farm & Living History Museum. WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY 10am-4pm. Peek inside the smokehouse & smell the rich aroma as the green hickory wood works its magic on the salted pork. The rich smoke will put the finishing touches on the family’s pork supply. $5 (13 & up), $3 (ages 5-12), FREE for ages 4 & under. 270.924.2233 landbetweenthelakes.us Smoothie Happy Hour Tropical Smoothie Café, Paducah. EVERY DAY 8-9am. All smoothies half off. 270.557.7348 @TropicalSmoothieCafePaducah Snake Feeding Sundays! Land Between the Lakes, Nature Station. SUNDAYS 11:30am-12pm. Enjoy Sunday Brunch with our snakes - their only meal of the week. Watch as our rattlesnakes, king snake, & rat snake chow down on their mouse-alicious meal. Meet one of the snakes up close. Bring your camera for a snake selfie! 270.924.2299 landbetweenthelakes.us 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 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
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 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 SEPTEMBER 15-OCTOBER 13 5-7pm 270.534.3212 artsinfocus.org Hotel Metropolitan 724 Oscar Cross Drive, Paducah. A hotel built in 1909 to house African-American travelers. After extensive renovations, the hotel is now a museum that pays tribute to African-American heritage & to the well-known people who stayed there including Ike & Tina Turner & Louis Armstrong. 1ST FRIDAYS Fish Fry 11am Enjoy fish, white beans, hush puppies, & desert, just to name a few goodies. Everyone welcome. Call for price. 270.443.7918 thehotelmetropolitan.org
Jefferson Street Studios. 1149 Jefferson Street, Paducah. MONDAY-FRIDAY 1-4pm ; This studio was converted from a neighborhood grocery store & is now home to Helene's Hand-Dyed Fabrics & Robert Wyatt Davis Nerikomi Beads. 270.217.3976 jeffersonstreetstudio.com 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 Vintage Quilt Exhibit SEPTEMBER 12 10am-4pm 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. Many downtown restaurants feature innovative offerings & discounts. artguildofpaducah.org Murray Art Guild 500 North 4th Street, Murray. TUESDAY-SATURDAY 10am3pm. A community visual arts non-profit organization dedicated to promoting artistic growth through exhibitions, workshops & studios as well as community & educational events. 270.753.4059 murrayartguild.org National Quilt Museum 215 Jefferson Street, Paducah. Scheduled school groups of 10 or more are FREE. The museum offers guided tours to preregistered groups. Please schedule your group at least two weeks in advance. 270.442.8856 quiltmuseum.org Adult Beginner Quilting Class. THURSDAYS 5:30-8:30pm; Volunteer Meeting. 1 ST THURSDAY 2-3pm; H2Oh! from SAQA THROUGH SEPTEMBER 19; Pieced Together THROUGH OCTOBER 17; Joy: Quilts by Libby Lehman THROUGH OCTOBER 17
Paducah School of Art & Design 409 Broadway Street, 270.408.4278 paducahschoolofartanddesign.org Australia Wide Five SEPTEMBER 11-28 River Discovery Center 117 S. Water Street, Paducah. MONDAY-SATURDAY 9:30am-5pm. SUNDAY 1-5pm $8 adults, $5 children (ages 3-12), $7 seniors 60 & over. Celebrating Paducah's maritime legacy & lore. Interactive exhibits tell the story of the Four Rivers Region. Captain a towboat, pleasure watercraft, or Coast Guard buoy tender through various scenarios in the pilothouse simulator. 270.575.9958. riverdiscoverycenter.org Second Saturday Studio/Gallery Walk Lower Town Paducah 2ND SATURDAY Visit great galleries & studios from 12-8pm. Galleries open by appointment & special event weekends. paducahmainstreet.org Yeiser Art Center 200 Broadway Street, Paducah. Offering a permanent exhibition space & a permanent collection in addition to rotating exhibits. 270.442.2453 theyeiser.org FREE Whitehaven Welcome Center I–24, exit 7, 1845 Lone Oak Road., Paducah Daily tours 1-4pm, every half hour. Featuring period furnishings & memorabilia of Paducah native Alben Barkley. 270.554.2077
CHILD CARE Immanuel Baptist Church Preschool 3465 Buckner Ln, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org ibcpaducah.org Parents' Night Out. Broadway United Methodist Church. Ages 6months through 5th grade. BUMC will keep your children while you have a night out. Pizza & drink provided. 2ND FRIDAYS (Except October) Must register. 270.443.2401 bumc-paducah.org Tot School Paducah Parks Building, 1400 HC Mathis Drive. Ages 3-5. $110/month. August-May MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS. Call 270.444.8508 to register or for more information.
CHILDREN'S & TEEN GROUPS Boy Scout Troop 1 Grace Episcopal Church. 270.559.1515. Girl Scout Activity Listings kyanags.org & gskentuckiana.org.
COMMUNITY RESOURCES & EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Ballard County Community Food Pantry St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 662 Broadway, LaCenter. Open MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS 9am– Noon for food distribution & to receive non–perishable donations. 270.665.5551
FREE Community Closet 604 S 21st Street, Paducah. Does your family need some extra help with clothes? The community closet at Trinity Baptist Church is open the 2ND & 4TH TUESDAY & THURSDAY from 10am-2pm for McCracken County residents. Please bring a valid form of ID. Gently-used clothing donations are accepted any day of the week. 270.442.1013 FREE Community Food Pantry 604 S 21st Street, Paducah. Does your family need some extra help with groceries this month? The food pantry at Trinity Baptist Church is open the 3 RD TUESDAY from 11am2pm for McCracken County residents. Please bring a valid form of ID. Non-perishable food donations are accepted any day of the week. 270.442.1013 Domestic Violence Information Session. McCracken County Courthouse, Family Court, Room “E” 270.443.6071, ext. 5. Feeding the Hungry–Community Ministries. 1200 Jefferson Street, Paducah. Volunteers (age 14 & older) are needed to help serve free lunches. Shifts available from 9:45am–1:15pm, MONDAY-FRIDAY. Financial support welcomed! For info, call 270.575.3400 or visit community-ministries.org KY Regional Poison Center Kosair Children’s Hospital. 1.800.222. 1222 FREE meals served: Family & Community Kitchen Meals/ Fellowship. Broadway UMC, 701 Broadway Street, Paducah Noon-1pm (270.443.2401) SUNDAYS No questions asked. FREE meals served: Family Kitchen Meals/Fellowship Holy House of Prayer, 1001 S. 4th Street, Paducah SATURDAYS 11am.–1pm. 270.443.1724. The Merryman House. Providing FREE services to all victims of domestic violence, including shelter for those in need. Some services include individual counseling, court advocacy, support groups, referral services, hospital advocacy, outreach services, & housing counseling. 1.800.585.2686 or 270.443.6001 email@example.com. All services are completely confidential. FREE Meals Served @Marcella’s Kitchen. Draffenville Lions Club, 262 Griggstown Road. Open MONDAY–FRIDAY 11am–1pm. Volunteers welcome. 270.705.3402 For military & their families operationhomefront.org Paducah Lifeline Ministries. Counseling & help for life–controlling addictions. Call 270.443.4743. 2801 The Purchase Area Sexual Assault & Child Advocacy Center (PASAC). Provides FREE services for both children & adult victims of sexual crimes. Services include therapy, legal & medical advocacy, forensic interviews, child sexual abuse exams, consultation, assessment & referral services, & education programs. 24-hour crisis line 1.800.928.7273, office 270.928.4422. Volunteers undergo criminal background & central registry check. 40-hour training course. PASAC will accommodate your schedule. 270.534.4422
DANCE, PERFORMING ARTS, FITNESS & SPORTS CLASSES FREE Adult Jazz & Tap Market House Theatre. SATURDAYS 10am markethousetheatre.org Barre Evolution with Marci Paris The Living Arts Center, 627 Broadway, Ste B, Paducah. SUNDAYS, TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 270.519.2770 Beginner Pole Fitness Verticality Pole and Aerial Fitness, 314 Broadway, Ste 102, Paducah. EVERY DAY 4pm 270.349.0421 verticalitypoleandaerialfitness.com Beginner Silks Verticality Pole and Aerial Fitness, 314 Broadway, Ste 102, Paducah. MONDAYS 5:40pm 270.349.0421 verticalitypoleandaerialfitness.com
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 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
Co-Ed Pole Verticality Pole and Aerial Fitness, 314 Broadway, Ste 102, Paducah. THURSDAYS 5:45pm 270.349.0421 verticalitypoleandaerialfitness.com DanceMHT. Market House Theatre. Children PreK through High School. $30-35 per month. 270.444.6828 markethousetheatre.org Drop Shots Tennis League WKCTC. MONDAYS 11:45am Designed for young adults as a recreational way to play the game of tennis or get back into the game after high school. 270.554.9200 FREE Family Track Run Practice Noble Park Picnic Shelter #10. TUESDAYS 6-7pm. 270.444.8508 Footlights Market House Theatre. Children ages 4-6, elementaryhigh school. Financial scholarships available. 270.444.6828 markethousetheatre.org Group Training Run, West Kentucky Runners Club. Summer Hill Ct (off Friedman Lane between Pines Road & HW 60 in Paducah). TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 5am. 8 mile run. 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 & coupleâ€™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
EDUCATION & CAMPS 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 Advanced Beginning Knitting. Itty Bitty Knitty Shop. THURSDAYS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 7 6-8pm. Students learn the basics of casting on, the knit & purl stitches, & binding off whil emaking a dishcloth/ washcloth. No experience necessary. 270.709.3270 ibkshop.biz Afternoon Animal Encounters. LBL Woodlands Nature Station. MONDAYS Totally Turtles; TUESDAYS Dinnertime for Bald Eagles; WEDNESDAYS For Goodness Snakes; THURSDAYS Mystery Animal Encounter; FRIDAYS Feed the Animals Fridays (help staff feed a different animal each week) 3:304pm. Free to children under 4. 270.924.2299 landbetweenthelakes.us Back to the Moon for Good. Golden Pond Planetarium & Observatory, 238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond. MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY 12-12:45pm. Full-dome presentation narrated by Tim Allen. Not since the Apollo missions 40 years ago has there been this much lunar exploration. 270.924.2233 landbetweenthelakes.us Center for Gifted Studies. Alexander Hall, Murray State University. The Center, located at 3205 Alexander Hall, collaborates with pre–service & graduate education students, the School Psychology program, & other College of Education programs to provide services to parents & gifted children. Services include professional development programs for teachers, regional & international enrichment opportunities for gifted students during the academic year & summers, & informational & assessment services to parents. Dr. Joy Navan, 270.809.2539 or joy. firstname.lastname@example.org FREE C.H.A.M.P., Christian Homeschoolers All Meet & Play. United Methodist Church Gym, Ledbetter. MONDAYS 2:30-4:30pm. We also have group recess every six weeks. Bring skates or sports equipment. Sherry Layne–Smith 270.928.4368 email@example.com. FREE Computer Basics for Beginners Class. Calloway County Public Library. TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 6-7:30pm. 270.753.2288 callowaycountylibrary.org Earth, Moon & Sun. Golden Pond Planetarium & Observatory, 238 Visitor Center Drive, Golden Pond. TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 12-2:45pm. Learn about the relationship between the Earth, Moon, & Sun with the help of an amusing character adapted from Native American oral traditions. Enjoy a variety of entertaining & educational programs presented with a digital projection system on the 40-foot dome of the theater. 270.924.2233 landbetweenthelakes.us Families on the Spectrum Lourdes Garden Room. Refreshments provided & guest speakers quarterly. See our Facebook page for upcoming meetings & times. firstname.lastname@example.org Family Education on Mental Illness. Baptist Health, Paducah. FRIDAYS 7-9:30pm. Classes are designed to help individuals understand & support ill loved ones suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, or personality disorder. Sponsored by NAMI Kentucky & Paducah. 270.519.3152
Feeding Time on the Farm. Homeplace 1850s Working Farm & Living History Museum. MONDAY-FRIDAY 3:30-4:30pm. As the day winds down, feeding time starts for the LBL farm animals. Meet at the pig pen to lend a hand & learn how to care for farm animals the 1850s way! Free to children under 4. 931.232.6457 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. Enjoy beautiful full-dome landbetweenthelakes.us Heartland Christian Home Educators offers support, field trips, & fellowship for home school families in western Kentucky & southern Illinois. To find out more call Carrie Bullock at 618.638.3289. Parent 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 How to Knit Cables. Itty Bitty Knitty Shop. WEDNESDAYS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 6 6-8pm. Students need at least 650 yards of DK weight yarn, Size 6 needles and a cable needle. An intermediate class; must know how to cast on, knit, purl, do increases/decreases & bind off. 270.709.3270 ibkshop.biz 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. This is a Christian group that meets for fellowship, play-dates, field trips & more. Field trips are also 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. Includes stories behind Perseus, Andromeda, Cetus, Scorpio, & Orion. A nonlaser full-dome version of this show is also available. 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. For details, call 270.444.8508 or visit 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
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.
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
Tonight's Sky - LIVE! Golden Pond Planetarium & Observatory. MONDAYFRIDAY 10am. Quietly relax under a 40 foot canopy of stars that represent tonightâ€™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 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 Tours for Teachers. Wickliffe Mounds. FRIDAYS 10am-3pm. Must make advance reservations. 270.335.3681 kentuckystateparksfoundation.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
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
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
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
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.
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
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. 1 ST & 3RD TUESDAYS 11am. All seniors welcome. 270.443.6206 Dancing. Trigg Co. Senior Citizens Center. 1ST & 3RD THURSDAY 6:30-8:30pm. 270.522.8341 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 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 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
Prenatal Care • Yearly Exams • Infertility Gynecological Surgery • Menopausal Medicine Alt. Hormone Replacement • Aesthetic Services 4-D In-Oﬃce Ultrasound • High Risk Obstetrics Dr. Anunciato would like to welcome Meghan Lee, Nurse Practitioner. Our addition will provide shorter wait times for appointments and convenience for you.
Walk with Ease. TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS 11-11:30am. Six-week fitness program shown to help reduce pain & improve health. Supported by the Arthritis Foundation. Must be 60 years of age or older. 270.442.8993 or 270.443.8579 Water Aerobics Brooks Indoor Pool. Broadway United Methodist Church, 701 Broadway. MONDAY–FRIDAY 10am. $25 per month. 270.443.1778
MULTI-SERVICE PROVIDERS American Red Cross Volunteer Opportunity 232 N. 8th Street, Paducah 2ND MONDAYS at 6pm. Western Kentucky Chapter is looking for volunteers for disaster relief training. To support our area counties, call 270.442.3575. redcross.org Baptist Health has meetings & groups for: 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).
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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
Providing a musical environment to nurture creative, lifelong musicians!
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.
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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. SEPTEMBER 23, NOVEMBER 4, & DECEMBER 9. Class designed to help expectant parents in their second or third trimester learn about the labor & delivery process. Call 270.575.2229 to register.
RELIGIOUS SERVICES & MEETINGS Amazing Grace Lutheran Church 1601 Jefferson Street, Paducah | 270.933.1215 AmazingGraceLutheranPaducah.com SUNDAY Service 10am; Education Hour 8:45am Antioch Missionary Baptist Church 3986 State Route 1372, Bardwell | @abcbardwell SUNDAY School 10am; Worship Service 11am; Night Worship 5pm; WEDNESDAY Worship & Youth 7pm Arcadia United Methodist Church 261 Lone Oak Road, Paducah | 270.442.3313 | ArcadiaChurch.org SUNDAY School 9am; Worship Service 10am; TUESDAY Men’s Prayer Gathering 7:30am
Broadway 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. Calvary Baptist Church 270 Clements St, Paducah | 270.443.1552 | Pastor Pail Hatcher SUNDAY School 10am; Worship Service 11am; Evening Service 6pm; WEDNESDAY Service 6:30pm Calvert City First Presbyterian Church 639 Evergreen St, Calvert City | 270.395. 4700 | fpccalvert.com SUNDAY School 9:30am; Fellowship 10am; Worship 10:45am 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 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
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
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. for Kids, Youth Meeting & Adult Bible Study 6pm; THURSDAY Men’s Prayer Breakfast 8am Prayer Room is open to the public Concord West Church of Christ 4715 Mayfield Metropolis Road, Paducah | 270.744.6329 SUNDAY Bible Study 9am; Worship 10am; Evening Worship 6pm; WEDNESDAY Bible Study 6pm The Crossing 1225 Broadway St, Paducah | 270.201.2810 | thecrossing.net/paducah SUNDAY Worship 10:45am Elevation Point Church Paducah Exp Convention Center, 415 Park Ave. | 270.705.1045 | elevationpointchurch.org SUNDAY Service 10:30am Faith Center of Paducah 4465 Hansen Rd, Paducah | 270.443.3110 | faithcenter.tv SUNDAY Service 10am; WEDNESDAY Service 6:30pm; SEPTEMBER 23 Mother & Son Ball 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; 1 ST 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 & 6pm; Classes for all ages 9am; 3 RD SUNDAYS Coffee & Donuts 11:15am 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
The Journey Church, Calloway Co. 304 N 4th St, Murray (3rd floor of Curris Center) | 270.761.4403 | journeycalloway.com SUNDAY Adult Services 9 & 10:30am The Journey Church, Marshall Co. Creason Building, 1600 Park Ave, Benton | 270.761.4403 | journeymarshall.com SUNDAY Service 10am Ledbetter United Methodist Church 200 Golden Meadow Dr, Ledbetter | 270.898.3435 SUNDAY Worship Service 9:30am; Sunday School 10:30am Living Word Pentecostal Church 907 Husband Rd, Paducah | 270.575.3477 SUNDAY Morning Sunday School/Worship 10am; Evening Worship 6pm; WEDNESDAY Bible Study 7pm; Bus Ministry call 270.564.5706 or 270.210.9086 Lone Oak Church of Christ 2960 Lone Oak Rd, Paducah | 270.554.2511 | loneoakchurchofchrist.com SUNDAY Worship 10am; Sunday School 9am; Evening Service 6pm WEDNESDAY Bible Study 7pm Lone Oak First Baptist Church 3601 Lone Oak Rd, Paducah | 270.554.1441 | loneoakfbc.org SUNDAY Morning Worship 8:30am, 9:45am & 11am; Evening Worship 6:30pm; WEDNESDAY Prayer Meeting 6:30pm 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
Highland Cumberland Presbyterian Church 3950 Lovelaceville Rd, Paducah | 270.554.3572 | highlandcpc.org SUNDAY School 9:45am; Worship 10:45am; Youth & Evening Worship 6pm; WEDNESDAY Youth 6pm; Bible Study 6pm Hillcrest Baptist Church 10083 US-60, Kevil | 270.217.2796 facebook.com/pages/Hillcrest-Baptist-Church/116223055104678 SUNDAY School 9am; Services 10am & 5pm; MONDAY-FRIDAY Hillcrest Preschool; 3 RD FRIDAY Family Movie Night House of Hope Ministries 1731 N 11th St, Paducah | 270.933.1069 | hohmin.org SUNDAY Worship Service 11am; WEDNESDAY Fill-Up Service 6:30-7:30pm Immanuel Baptist Church 3465 Buckner Ln, Paducah | 270.443.5306 | ibcpaducah.org SUNDAY School 9:30am; Worship 10:45am; 1ST & 3RD SUNDAY Orchestra Rehearsal 9am; WEDNESDAY Shepherd’s Table (Dinner) 4:50-5:30pm. Please call ahead. First time guests eat FREE. $5 for adults & $3 for children. Youth Bible Study 5-7pm; Immanuel Kidz 5:30-7pm; Gathering for Adults 6pm; Adult Handbells 6:15pm; Sanctuary Choir 7:05pm; THURSDAY Discipleship Group 6:30am; Friendship International 9am; 3RD THURSDAY Mission Meal 6:30pm; 4TH THURSDAY Faith & Fiction 7pm Islamic Center of Paducah 760 Berger Rd, Paducah | 270.558.4559 | islamiccenterofpaducah.org FRIDAY Weekly Prayer 1:30-2:30pm; SUNDAY School 11am-1:30pm
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 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; 3 RD SATURDAY Senior Citizens Social Dinner 4:30–6pm. Clothes Closet MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY 10am–3pm SATURDAY 9am–Noon Milburn Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian 3760 Metropolis Lake Rd, West Paducah | 270.488.2588 | 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 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 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 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
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
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. 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 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
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; SEPTEMBER 13 Crowder Music 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; Mid–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; SEPTEMBER 16 Pastor's 25th Anniversary Banquet (at The Carson Center, semi-formal attire) 3-6pm
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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
SUPPORT & LOSS FREE Alzheimer's Support Group. Graves County Public Library 1ST WEDNESDAY Respite provided with one day notice for $6.60/hour. 270.564.4498. Grief Support. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Borders Community Room. Sponsored by Milner & Orr. 1ST FRIDAYS 5-9pm. For more information, call Pat Pitchford at 270.898.8796. Hospice Grief Support Group. Lourdes North Plaza, 911 Joe Clifton Drive, Paducah. MONDAYS except holidays. 5-6:30pm. For more information, call Frank Queen at 270.415.3636.
Men’s Coffee Grief Education & Support Group. Bob Evans Restaurant, Paducah. 1ST THURSDAYS except holidays. 8am. Call for info 270.415.3632. Now & Beyond Grief Support Group for Widows & Widowers. Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Borders Community Room. 2ND FRIDAYS 6–8am. Led by Pat Pitchford. 270.898.8796 or 270.534.4200. Healthy Grieving Group. Paducah Lourdes North Plaza. MONDAYS (except holidays). 5pm. 270.415.3636 Grief Support Lunch. Luke’s Truckstop, Arlington. 1 ST TUESDAYS 11:30am. Contact Leah Fondaw, lfondaw@lourdes–pad.org. 270.415.3607. Survivors of Suicide support group for anyone whose life has been touched by the unique grief of suicide. United Church of Paducah, 4600 Buckner Ln. 1ST TUESDAYS Contact: 270.442.3722 Now & Beyond: Grief Support Group for Widows & Widowers Lourdes Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Borders Community Room. 2 ND FRIDAYS 6-8pm. Led by Pat Pitchford. 270.898.8796.
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by Amy Noles
Everybody Dance Now! Special Needs Dance Classes
ots of people love to dance and there are many dance programs around the Purchase Area. However, some children and adults with physical, emotional, or sensory disabilities find it hard to be in a regular dance class. Not only do they often need more individualized instruction, but they may not be physically able to do all the dance steps and routines. Trish Steckenrider and her sister Tracy Childers have started a wonderful new dance program for adults and children with special needs. This dance class is specially-designed to accommodate anyone - regardless of their disability.
Training & Passion
The class is the brainchild of Childers, who is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at Sensory Solutions. She was a competitive ballroom dancer for 15 years and a two-time US Mambo Champion! Her sister, and fellow teacher is Trish Steckenrider, who is the Director of Tourism for Metropolis. Steckenrider has been dancing since she was threeyears-old and has a dance degree from Missouri State University. Her university thesis was centered on the impact dance has on a child with special needs. The class was a natural extension of both sisters’ training and passions in life - pediatric therapy and dance.
A Love For This Community
Their interest and empathy for those with disabilities began at an early age. Tracy and Trish’s dad, Jim Childers, always played a role at the WPSD Telethon of Stars, and the girls grew up going to that event every year. He was very active with Honeywell's charitable payroll deduction program and always presented their donation. He also was the host of the Sunday morning portion of the Telethon with John Champion.
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“I think that is where we fell in love with this community,” Steckenrider told me “I remember going to the telethon when it was extremely cold and held in a tent at the TV station!”
A Positive Impact
“We know through research that music and movement positively impacts learning, particularly reading and math skills,” Steckenrider told me. “This was found to be true in children with special needs, but also allowed for critical aspects of development of gross motor skills and social skills in a fun atmosphere. My sister and I both firmly believe in the quote from Leo Buscugilia: “Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God.”
Dance & Therapy
This is the second year for the class which is held on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 7:15. It can accommodate dancers from varying age groups and disability levels. There are eight students in the class so far. Childers’ occupational therapy background allows her to provide elements of balance, strength, mobilization, social skills, coordination, sensory modulation and even verbalization development for a nonverbal child. Students dance but also practice gross motor skills, following directions, sensory processing and modulation, crossing midline. Strength and endurance development as well as social participation are stressed. “It all works really well,” said Steckenrider. “We incorporate therapeutic aspects along with traditional dance moves. For those that are able, we have a tumbling portion of the class that helps to develop strength and fine motor skills - and we never leave out the fun! The Chicken Dance
has become a class staple along with other fun songs that require listening and movement.”
Any child or adult with a disability is welcome to attend and accommodations to the class are made depending on the student. “We make accommodations to any need they may have,” Steckenrider explained. “It could be changing a move, doing a different but similar tumbling skill, or even adjusting the volume of the music. Last year we were able to go the annual dance recital venue and hold a class in that space two weeks prior to the performance. This allowed the class to adjust to being on stage rather than in a studio.”
Plans For The Future
The sister’s ultimate goal is to set this up as charitable foundation and take donations in an effort to make the class free of charge for students. They are in the process of completing all the paperwork and filings. “The families that we serve have more medical costs than an average family,” Trish said. “We want to try to allow these children and young adults to experience something that we know has proven developmental benefits and is just fun for them!” If you are interested in finding out more about this class or want to sign up, contact AMPA Dance Studio and ask for the Dance Class for Children and Adults with Special Needs. 270.415.5647
Unlike traditional dance classes where the parents are not allowed in the rooms, parents are encouraged to come in. They can participate with their child if they want to as well. Trish and Tracy have learned doing this that unlike a typical dance class where there is a plan, it doesn’t always come together like that. While they always have a plan for this one, flexibility is key.
Denise Gray has been a registered respiratory therapist for 25 years. She and her three sons reside in Mayfield. One of Denise’s sons has autism and is a member of this dance and movement class. “My middle son, Davis Williams, is 18 years old,” Gray explained. “He suffers from severe autism and is essentially nonverbal – he only speaks a few words. His activities are limited, but he attends special education classes at Graves County High School. He enjoys swimming in the summer, but the rest of the year he is confined to his iPad listening to music which he loves. One day I was praying, ‘God please help me find something, anything to make Davis smile and improve his quality of life. I know there is something out there Lord!’ The next day I noticed that someone had tagged me in a post on social media for a ‘Creative Movements Dance Class.’ I have no experience with any professional dancing, so I instantly dismissed it. Then I thought maybe this was my answered prayer? I was sure that Davis’ severe autism would be an issue. I didn't want Davis to be a distraction for other children with higher functioning disabilities. They told me he sounded like ‘a blessing’ and to bring him. On our first night of class, my expectations were very low. I expected the usual behavior from Davis - which is walk in for 60 seconds, walk back out to the car and put on his seat belt. That night was different. Davis heard music, beautiful music, which kept his interest. Then he met Trish and Tracy, his dance instructors, who are truly angels and so gifted with special needs children. That night I saw Davis laugh and smile like never before. The class consisted of dancing, jumping, crawling, rolling and many other happy movements. Davis loved it! This class has truly been an answered prayer for my family. It has opened another beautiful side of Davis that has been trapped in darkness far too long. Dance has become a voice for him. I am thankful every day.”
iPLAY by Brittney Washam
Benefits of Playing a String Instrument
wealth of scientific research from the past two decades has shown that learning to play a musical instrument provides many benefits. There is a strong correlation between learning to play an instrument and academic success. Learning to play music helps with cognitive and emotional wellness as well as a student’s ability to work with others. String instruments are an excellent first choice for new students who want to experience the rewards of studying music.
Research shows that participating in music study benefits both brain structure and brain function. Music study requires a high degree of precision in auditory processing. This means that musically trained children are better able to distinguish subtle details of speech, leading to improved reading and better comprehension. Participation in music is inherently rewarding, making children more likely to devote the time and practice necessary to develop strong cognitive and social abilities.
Music Changes the Brain
New scientific research indicates a connection between music study and cognitive growth. Learning to play an instrument literally leads to changes in a child’s brain. There are now proven links between music lessons and improved IQ and academic performance. In a nutshell the brains of musically trained individuals show: • Better memory and attention • Enhanced motor coordination • Higher IQ • More grey matter • Stronger neural connections Playing and listening to music involves processes that take place in both hemispheres of the brain: The parts of our brains that process speech and language, and the parts that deal with logic, pattern recognition, and rhythm. For young children, studies reflect a positive connection between playing music, higher grades, and better test scores. IQ scores may also improve after several years of playing an instrument.
Improved Social Interaction
Kids who play music also learn important social skills. In an orchestra or other ensemble, players
must work together in order to perform to their greatest ability. While individual practice is important, ensembles increase the interpersonal skills required for music. Timing of rhythms and tempo help the players perform together, and listening skills together with the ability to adjust one’s pitch, allows the ensembles to be in tune. Because of the way students must work together, playing music is of great benefit to people on the autism spectrum or with learning, emotional, or other disabilities. The group environment encourages social interaction during and outside of the music, with music itself already being a common ground for all who are participating. Students with autism, and those with or without disabilities, develop their social skills and learn different ways to interact with their peers.
Music is inherently emotional, and musical memories can be the most vivid. Consequently, children who play music learn how to connect with their peers and adults on an emotional level. They are better able to recognize subtle changes in the human voice that indicate mood and emotion.
Of course in order to start need to get one! Symphony fine stringed instruments at can start by renting an
studying an instrument, you’ll Supply located in Paducah has a very reasonable price. You instrument – it’s an affordable way to get started. They also have step-up instruments available for purchase. The company offers in-store repairs and are able to give you specific advice to suit your needs. Private lessons are also available from a professional trained musician who studied at the University of Louisville. For any information about the Paducah Youth Orchestra, buying or renting string instruments, or starting private lessons, feel free to call Symphony Supply at 270.443.9800, or visit their website at symphonysupply. com.
Recent studies have shown that playing an instrument provides an emotional outlet that the musician may not otherwise have. Musicians have the opportunity to express a wide spectrum of emotion alone, or in an ensemble. Music presents the opportunity to explore and share what the player is feeling in a healthy manner. This can improve overall emotional wellness, creating a more positive outlook in life by having a healthy method for expression. Learning an instrument does require hard work, however, but this helps students of any age gain other important skills. Musicians have to fail in order to succeed - learning knowledge and confidence along the way. Students must practice, which requires long-term dedication to learning, as well as patience and discipline. These skills translate to other areas in life and contribute to a well-rounded individual.
If you or your child is interested in learning how to play the violin, viola, cello, or bass, there are several opportunities in the Paducah area. Many schools offer orchestra programs beginning around fourth to sixth grade, which continue through high school. There are also local teachers who provide private music lessons. Private lessons allow for special, individualized instruction to students of any age who wish to improve themselves. Ideally, a student would take private lessons and also play in an ensemble of some sort.
Paducah Youth Orchestra
An upcoming opportunity to perform in a local group is the Paducah Youth Orchestra. Several local string teachers are working with parents to organize two ensembles: one for students of an intermediate level, and one for students of an advanced level. The teacher’s goal is to begin regular rehearsals this month. They are looking for students and parents to help this new youth orchestra come to fruition.
Ending Alzheimer's by Sarah Ladd
Editor’s Note: Alzheimer’s disease is the modern scourge of our aging population. It seems to affects nearly every family – robbing them of a loved one, often a wife or mother. My father passed away from this terrible disease after it devastated his health for 10 years. We’re bringing our readers attention to the 2017 Paducah Alzheimer’s walk in this issue so that more people have time to fund raise and participate. If you’ve never been a part of this event, I encourage you to sign up this year. As with cancer, funding research can lead to innovative ways to treat the disease and maybe even a cure.
t's a sad fact that most people know someone who has been affected by Alzheimer’s disease – that’s how prevalent the diagnosis is in today’s aging population. Alzheimer’s is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. It is the most common cause of dementia in older adults. Dementia is common but it is not a normal part of aging. Alzheimer's disease is an epidemic that is responsible for one in three senior’s deaths in our country each year. It’s the only cause of death in the top 10
in America that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed. More than 5 million American’s live with this disease, two-thirds of them are women.
Walk To End Alzheimer's
Each year since 1989, the Alzheimer's Association holds the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support, and research. The Walk to End Alzheimer's mobilizes thousands of people, in communities all over the country, to join the fight against this disease. Teams are now forming for this year’s Purchase Area event which will be held in downtown Paducah, starting at The Carson Center, on October 7. Many local businesses participate in the Walk which highlights the devastating results of the disease and its impact on individuals and their families. If you would like more information regarding sponsorship, or putting together a team, please contact Jennifer Rodgers at Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register Online Or At The Event
For more information on the Alzheimer's Association, and to register for the Paducah Walk,
please visit alz.org. Registration for this year’s event opens at 9am, the opening ceremony is at 9:45am, and the walk will begin at 10am. It is a two mile walk. Every registered participant who achieves the fundraising minimum of $100 will receive a t-shirt which they can pick up on the day of the walk. For more information, contact Cassidy Hrabik at 812.475.1012 or email@example.com. There is no fee to participate, but walkers, including children, are encouraged to register ahead of time. Parents/guardians can register children online or complete an off-line registration form and sign the waiver on behalf of the child. Strollers are allowed, but for everyone’s safety, skateboards, bicycles, in-line skates, and wheelie footwear are discouraged. Well-behaved dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash at all times.
In 2017, Alzheimer's will cost the United States $259 billion. This number is expected to rise to over $1 trillion by 2050. Unfortunately, it’s going to take a lot of money to fully understand the mechanism of the disease, and how we can cure it. When you participate in the walk, your fundraising dollars fuel the mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in the community. All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer's further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. The Alzheimer's Association is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax.
Choose Your Color
On walk day, registered participants will receive a wristband and a Promise garden flower. Walkers can choose the color that best represents your connection to the disease. Blue represents someone with Alzheimer's or dementia. Purple is for someone who has lost a loved one to the disease. Yellow represents someone who is currently supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer's. Orange is for everyone who supports the cause and vision of a world without Alzheimer's.
Even if you cannot donate or participate in the walk itself, there are ways to contribute to the fight. The 2017 Paducah Walk needs volunteers to help with the planning committee, walk set-up, cleanup, registration, water stops, promise garden, the t-shirt tent, and so much more! All interested volunteers should visit the volunteer page for more information about event day roles and responsibilities. Visit alz.org to volunteer.
iPET by Robin Gericke
Celebrating 20 Years of Straight-From-The-Heart Care
aNita Flanary has been around animals her entire life. Raised on a family farm in Paducah, she continues the tradition on her own property, Flanary's Keepsake Farm, a working farm that she has been growing and decorating for years. Along with rescued cats, she has cows, horses, chickens, pigs, rabbits, goats, ducks and geese. While that may seem like a lot of animals to love, she will tell you that she still has plenty to share with Ellie, her Bernese mountain dog, her Heeler mix Polly, and her Pomeranian Fancy Foo Foo. However, Flanary's passion for animals isn't limited to the farm and her dogs - she is also the owner and veterinarian at Flanary Veterinary Clinic. Opened in 1997, the clinic is celebrating its 20th year!
A Truly Local Vet
Dr. Flanary is a western Kentucky native through and through. She attended Farley elementary school and Reidland middle and high schools, where she graduated Valedictorian. She earned several scholarships which allowed her to complete a pre-vet curriculum at Murray State University. As a junior she was accepted to Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. LaNita graduated summa cum laude in 1995. “I have loved animals since I was small child,” Dr. Flanary told me. “I grew up on a family farm where I had a pig that I named Mary Jane. I used to dress her up and feed her candy! I also had a bottle fed calf that I bought with my own money. I called her Precious. I don’t have children so my animals are my family.”
For the past 20 years LaNita Flanary has been providing excellent veterinary for pets and animals from all over western Kentucky. Dr. Flanary works alongside Dr. Kimberly Rushing, an associate veterinarian who helps her with this large and varied practice.
Flanary Veterinary Clinic is a state-of-the-art facility with “straight-from-the-heart” care. They strive to offer the best animal care and treatment in the area. "Every service we offer at the clinic is provided with this motto in mind,” Dr. Flanary told me. "I hope that is what makes us special. From the beginning, I wanted to own a vet clinic that offered a combination of the best medical treatment with the most compassion. I feel this from the heart, just as I feel that my own pets are family and I want them to have the best care possible." Flanary treats more than just the dogs and cats. She has treated a lot of animals in the past 20 years, including over 110 potbellied pigs to over 70 lizards - no animal is too small or exotic!
Prevention is Best
In addition to emergency treatment and wellness examinations, Flanary Veterinary Clinic emphasizes preventative health. "We strive to educate our clients about preventative health care so their pets can live the healthiest and longest lives and stay part of their family," Flanary said. "This includes weight management, nutritional counseling and a life stage preventative care program for animals young and old.” “I like to remind my clients that pets are going to need health care just like any other member of the family. It’s something every pet owner should budget for. Healthy pets are more active, live longer, and provide the best companionship. Your pet needs health checkups and dental care on a regular basis, and it will likely need help with an injury or illness during the course of its life time.”
Keeping Your Pet Healthy!
Dr. Flanary is very proud of her state-of-the-art clinic which has an operating room, dental area, radiology department, isolation ward and in house diagnostic lab. The Clinic also has climate controlled boarding kennels and, in the past couple of years, has added laser therapy. The Lab in particular is very helpful and allows the clinic to offer timely diagnosis in cases when immediate treatment is required. The Clinic also offers free nail trimming and ear cleaning with appointments. As 80% of pets develop dental disease, Flanary Veterinary Clinic offers advanced dentistry, providing cleaning and sealants to keep pets healthy. The Clinic have completed over 6,000 dental cleanings in the last 20 years. Even with the state-of-the-art facility and all the treatments offered, the staff at Flanary are what
makes the clinic special. "I am proud to provide current medicine to our patients; however, I believe my staff makes our clinic stand out," said Flanary. "They truly care about your pets and enjoy helping others. We work hard to find the best treatment plan to fit your pet's needs on your budget."
Giving Back to the Community
Flanary Veterinary Clinic strives to give back to the community. Last year they hosted a Spayathon. "We spayed and neutered 101 rescue, foster and shelter pets in one week - for free!" Flanary said. "I created The Bitsy Angel Fund, (named after a favorite family pup,) which raises money for pets in our community." It is used to fund the Spayathon and other free services to animals in need. "Giving back to the community in which I was raised is important to me," Flanary explained. Flanary is looking forward to the next 20 years and want to "just keep doing what I am doing and help pets live long healthy happy lives with their families!" Flanary Veterinary Clinic is located at 200 Eagle Nest Drive, off Exit 11 in Paducah. For more information call 270.898.9738.
iPARENT by Kerrie McLoughlin
The Kids & Cell Phones Dilemma
s parents, we want to keep our children safe, and cell phones seem to promise to do just that. But at what age does a child become responsible enough to be able to handle all that might go along with a cell phone, like texting, the Internet, minutes and charges, manners and more? And what guidelines do you need to have in place before handing over that phone?
Does a Pre-Teen Need a Phone?
Some parents are dead set on their pre-teen not having a cell phone. Jennifer McClure, mom of three, makes the point, “I don’t think a preteen needs a cell phone. Until they or their classmates are old enough to drive, they shouldn’t be stranded anywhere, because some adult should be with them. So, why would they need a cell phone?” It would seem that few elementary age children are responsible enough to be able to handle a cell phone. To combat some of the bigger problems, you can get a phone without Internet access or texting services, and it can also have set minutes and a tracking device.
All families are different, though, and face different circumstances. Suzanne Andrews, mom of four, says, “I think kids ‘need’ cell phones either when they start driving or if their family situation is such that they or their parents are difficult to reach.” Divorced, single or working parents, for instance, like to make sure their child has a way to reach them at all times, no matter how young the child.
Shelley Ryan, mom of two teens, says, “All depends on the kid and what they do. Both of my kids have had jobs/volunteer gigs long before they could drive (and before they were teens), and both had phones so they could call when they were ready to be picked up, or had had a change of plans. I also like them to have a phone if they go somewhere on foot or on a bike without a parent. It gives them a little more freedom to go out into the world on their own.” It also gives them a sense of independence and they don’t have to seek out an adult and ask to use their phone.
Chris Oliver, mom of one and middle school counselor, says, “Take it from a woman who spends every working day with 800 adolescents, you need to monitor your child’s texts. And regarding the camera attached to that phone: nothing good is going to come of that!” (Snapchat, anyone?) Victoria L. Solsberry, LCSW, BCD, PC, a therapist in Arlington, Virginia adds, “I think that cell phones are a good idea for protection and to contact parents, but I would not give a young teenager or preteen the ability to text.” Here are some rules and issues you could discuss with your child to ease her into a cell phone instead of turning it immediately into a huge responsibility and potential problem:
A cell phone comes with a lot of baggage! It needs to be charged, kept out of reach of younger children … not be lost. There’s also the factor
of younger kids possibly not being able to use good judgment or understanding with things like inappropriate texts/use of the camera, the financials of a cell phone, Internet service, etc.
Make sure your child understands the financial picture involved with a cell phone. If they have a prepaid phone, they can see how many minutes they have left and need to understand how much those minutes cost. If you get a set number of minutes to include texting for your child, check your account online weekly to make sure your child isn’t going over minutes and costing you hundreds of extra dollars. Make sure your child knows that things like games, ring tones, sending pictures and Internet time can cost extra and have them pay you back for overages.
Be sure to find out and talk about the law in your state about texting or talking on the phone while driving and some of the consequences that have happened to other kids because of doing so.
Model Being Prepared
Always have backup phone numbers in case your child loses his cell phone, it dies, or your child does not answer (or if your child is grounded from his phone). Make sure you have numbers for coaches, schools, friends, the parents of your child’s friends, etc.
Kids should know basic telephone manners no matter where they are. Solsberry says, “I’ve seen kids sitting in the same room text each other …. It also keeps them from other activities and keeps them from spending time with family members … And no phones at the dinner table, whether it be at home or a restaurant.”
Be prepared to take the phone away if your child misuses the privilege of having the cell phone. Examples would include texting inappropriate pictures of themselves or others to friends or classmates, using the phone as a way to cheat on tests at school, making prank phone calls, bullying or visiting pornographic web sites.
Kerrie McLoughlin has 5 kids and so far only the 16-year-old has a cell phone (because he works a lot away from home). Check out the antics at TheKerrieShow.com.
iPREPARE by Robyn Passante
Life Insurance 101 Protecting Your Family
took over our familyâ€™s finances several months ago, and one of the first things I noticed was how often I was paying life insurance premiums. It seemed like every time I sent off another quarterly
premium payment, another one for a different policy was waiting for me in the mailbox. Finally I gathered them all together and added up how much life insurance my husband and I had, and was staggered by the amount. How much life insurance does one family need? I kept asking myself. So, I did some research, and thought my readers might benefit from what I found out.
The Right Amount of Coverage Depends on a Lot of Factors?
Independent financial planners recommend this rule of thumb: Purchase an amount of coverage equal to 6-10 times your annual gross income, using the lower level if you don't have many dependents or debts, and the higher level if you have larger debts and more than one dependent. But there are a lot of personal factors that can shift that number significantly. A few questions you and your spouse should sit down and answer together are:
• How much money do your dependents need each year and for how long? Because your children are likely different ages, that number is different for each beneficiary. • Do you want the policy to cover college expenses, and if so how much is that projected to be? • If your spouse isn’t currently working full-time, would that
partner have the ability to work? How much income could they contribute annually?
There are several online life insurance calculators that allow you to plug in figures that are relevant to your family to help you get started. (Try the one on financial expert and author Ellie Kay’s website: elliekay.com/ calculators/how_much_life_ins.php.) Generally speaking, stick with term policies over permanent (whole). Term life insurance is what most families opt for to protect against loss of income due to a spouse’s death during the child-rearing years. Term policies are great for covering a spouse’s lost salary, and they cover short-term protection against debt as well as long-term protection to help pay off a mortgage or pay for college. You pay a premium, usually annually or monthly, and are protected for that “term.”
Buy Life Insurance For Your Kids
Financial experts generally suggest investing in your children’s future by setting up traditional savings or investment accounts for them. Their needs will be factored into your life insurance policy, but unless your child is a huge bread winner in the family (a la Justin Bieber), a life insurance policy isn’t necessary.
If You Already Have Life Insurance, It May Need an Update
Setting up life insurance is an uncomfortable chore for many because it brings to mind a number of unsettling thoughts and what if’s. So it’s common to buy it and bury it, so to speak, never returning to check your policy and make sure it still suits your needs. But families change, and your life insurance policy might need to change too. If there has been a divorce or a remarriage, you might need to update your beneficiary information. If your salary has taken a significant jump, if you’ve bought a home, or if you have another child whose future college expenses need to be considered, you might need to bump up your policy. You should check your policy at least every three years to make sure everything is up to date.
Robyn Passante is a freelance journalist and mother of two who used to be way over-insured. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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