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appy Fall everyone! After a long, hot summer I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this beautiful weather. Now that we’ve gone to press, I hope to get out on my bike and enjoy it! The October issue of Purchase Parenting & Family Magazine is one of the largest we’ve ever produced and it’s full of great information about local organizations and events. Check out our Metropolis destination page and our new Murray advertisers. I want to say a big “thank you” to all the businesses and organizations that support this community publication.

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We added a new item which I hope you will all look for in months to come, The Special Needs Adoption Network. It will feature a child each month that does not have a home. These children can be younger and diagnosed with a disability, or they may be older and just in need of a loving parent. We hope by making our readers aware of these children we can help them find permanent families.

It’s breast cancer awareness month and close to the anniversary of my breast cancer diagnosis. I am a survivor and I think that gives me the right to make a public plea to everyone who’s put off having a mammogram. If I had not had one I would be dead! Get a mammogram this year. During October, the local hospitals offer incentives, gifts and extra love to the women, who schedule one. And men, I know men who are breast cancer survivors too. Early detection saves lives!

Can you believe how cute our cover is this month! Halloween is just around the corner and, (maybe appropriately given all the candy we eat,) it’s also national dental hygiene month. Just like any other good habit, practicing good dental hygiene should begin at a young age. However, many parents have trouble getting their kids to develop a regular brushing and flossing routine. With this in mind, we have a couple of products that think might help. Xlear’s SparX Candy Sweetened with all-natural xylitol, SparX Candy is a sweet, healthy, sugar free treat that does not taste like a diet snack. One of the primary benefits of xylitol and SparX Candy is the effects it has on the bacteria that create cavities. When exposed to as little as 15 grams of xylitol a day, the bacteria in the mouth lose their ability to stick to teeth and form plaque. This October, Xlear will be offering their award winning SparX Candy in a special Halloween Bag. Visit www.xlear.com or Vitamin Shoppe to purchase. BabyGanics’ Say Aahhh! Fluoride Free Toothpaste Specially formulated with naturally safe and effective ingredients, this dye-free toothpaste gently cleans your child’s teeth and gums. This new offering from BabyGanics is the latest addition to their long line of over 90 different natural and safe items. The toothpaste is safe to swallow, as it contains no fluoride, saccharin, parabens, sulfates or toxins; this product is available online at babyganics.com, Amazon.com, Diapers.com and at Babies R’ Us.

Check out our Facebook page for giveaways this month that will include these two products! www.facebook.com/purchaseparenting

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Editor/Publisher: Karen Hammond Cell 270-559-5840 Office 270-415-9400 purchaseparenting@comcast.net • purchaseparenting.com Contributing Writers: Crystal Engler, Angie Hatton, Jamie Lober, Jason Lindsey, Dava Hayden, Fred DiPrete, Lana Dockery, Deanna Wise Henschel, Dr. Heath Schipp, Esq, Denise Wooley, Melissa Duncan, Dr. Bradley Rankin, Eric Walker Calendar of Events: Let us know about your event, class, meeting or group. Send us the information by email to paducahparenting@comcast.net or call the office, 270-415-9400 Art Director: Angie Kimbro Graphic Design: Glen Dunkerson and Laura Thornton Advertising: Want to advertise your business in the magazine? Have a question regarding ad rates, billing or your account? Contact our advertising department at 270-4159400 or by email paducahparenting@comcast.net Advertising Account Executives: Carrie Armstrong, Gina Dunkerson, Crystal Engler, Evette Jernigan, Cassie Johnson and Laura Thornton Subscription and Distribution: Want to subscribe or receive a copy of the magazine by mail? Need a back issue? Want to add a location to our distribution? Please call our office at 270-4159400 or email paducahparenting @comcast.net Mission Statement: Purchase Parenting & Family Magazine provides free, accurate and timely information for Western Kentucky, Southern Illinois and all its communities. Our goal is to educate, inform and promote family life, its goals and values, to the parents and grandparents in this area. The magazine will include community, medical, educational, lifestyle and spiritual articles on a monthly basis, written in a balanced and informative manner. Additionally, the magazine is to provide a full color, affordably priced venue in which local businesses can advertise. To that end, we will offer special pricing for not-for-profit organizations such as churches and government agencies, and a discount program for new and unique businesses. Purchase Parenting will maintain a high standard of editorial and advertising content, and creative design. Funding for the magazine will come from the sale of advertising and from public and private grant sources that support community information sources and parenting education. Purchase Parenting intends to maintain and publish a comprehensive monthly calendar of events. The calendar will be the main source within its distribution area for classes, church sponsored activities, reading, art events, galleries and museums, business and business organization events, sports activities, charitable events and fundraising, children’s story time, senior events and activities, and special populations events and activities. Entries to the calendar will be free to all except non- advertiser, for-profit, business entries.

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tableofcontents features The Centables at CFSB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Make it a Safe Halloween by: Jamie Lober . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Planning the Perfect Kid’s Party by: Crystal Engler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Halloween Story Contest Winners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52

departments activecare Arthritis by: Dr. Heath Schipp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

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bookcorner All About Poop! by: Jason Lindsey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

beautifulhomes Giving Your Home ‘Curb Appeal’ by: Dava Hayden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

technologycorner Are Your Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft? by: Fred DiPrete . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

Purchase Parenting & Family • P.O. Box 8061, Paducah KY 42002 Purchase Parenting & Family® (PP&F® Magazine) is published monthly by Karen Hammond. Advertising design by Angie Kimbro, Laura Thornton and Glen Dunkerson and layout design by Angie Kimbro. PP&F® Magazine, Angie Kimbro, Glen Dunkerson & Laura K. Thornton are not responsible for any injury or harm resulting from the information or advice contained in this magazine. The articles in this issue of PP&F® Magazine may not necessarily reflect the opinions of PP&F® Magazine, Angie Kimbro, Glen Dunkerson & Laura K. Thornton. All subscription, editorial, and advertising inquiries should be directed to purchaseparenting@comcast.net (270) 415-9400

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communityevents McCracken County Extension Fall Festival by: Denise Wooley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Impact Poverty Study by: Deanna Wise Henschel, Esq . . . . . . . . 26 Down Syndrome Buddy Walk by: Lana Dockery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Market House Theatre Masquerade Ball by: Angie Hatton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Middle College Application Time by: Crystal Engler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Dive In and Join the Paducah Swim Team by: Jamie Lober . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis by: Jamie Lober . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Challenger Learning Center by: Melissa Duncan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Paducah Symphony Orchestra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 It’s Time to Vote for the WBH Pink Glove Dance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

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Cancer Prevention Study-3 by: Eric Walker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

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n our cover this month are the most adorable ‘Trick or Treaters’ we could find! Our Pirate is Evan Darnall (son of INVEST Team Member Maggie Darnall), Minnie Mouse is Hadley Wray (daughter of CFSB Team Member Patsy Wray), Anna Parks (daughter of CFSB Team Member Adeena Parks) is Repunzel. The Bumblebee is Jessica Reed (daughter of CFSB Team Member Sherry Reed) and our Nurse is Addyson Orr (daughter of CFSB Team Member Grant Orr). They are ready for CFSB’s annual Kids Club Halloween Party and Costume Contest on Thursday, October 25th. This fabulous party is being held at Gatti’s Pizza, 292 US Highway 68 East in Draffenville. The party will be held from 5 – 7 PM. It is open to any child who is a member of the CFSB Kids Club and admission is 20 CENTSABLE Dollars (Monster Bucks are also accepted). All the pizza you can eat, free candy, and a chance to win tokens from Gatti Land! The costume judging will take place at 6 PM with prizes awarded for best costume.

CFSB is growing to meet its customer’s financial needs On April 16, 1890, CFSB was founded and began serving the financial needs of area communities. From this humble beginning, CFSB has not only grown financially to more than $500 million in assets, but the bank itself has become an institution in Western Kentucky. What began as a single banking center located on the Benton Court Square has blossomed to three locations throughout Marshall County including the brand new Benton Banking Center (221 West 5th Street), as well as the newly renovated beautiful Draffenville Banking Center (23 U.S. Highway 68 West) and the state of the art Calvert City Banking Center (456 5th Avenue). CFSB also features a stunning McCracken County Banking Center (3390 Park Avenue) in Paducah, and the new ultra-modern Calloway County Banking Center (1721 North 12th Street) in Murray. CFSB proudly invites you to their new Benton Banking Center at 221 West 5th Street. This building, housing all of CFSB’s operations, is not only making the bank more efficient, but it also enables CFSB to further serve the needs of its valued customers. This building created over 480 construction jobs for the community, at a time when our local economy desperately needed it. Under the direction of President/CEO Betsy Flynn, CFSB continues to build for the future and is poised for further growth.

The CENTSABLES In 2009, CFSB launched a unique new project geared towards teaching kids about financial literacy as well as life's values. The CENTSABLES launched a multi-media platform at all CFSB Banking Centers located throughout ‘This article is paid advertising and the information contained therein is provided by the featured individual or business. They are solely responsible for its accuracy.’

Western Kentucky. “It was a terrific opportunity for our valued customers that we could provide,” Assistant Vice President/ Director of Marketing Jeremy Rose told Purchase Parenting & Family Magazine. “The CENTSABLES program reinforces our commitment to support and enhance our valued customers’ financial lives. The appeal of these characters to kids, the creativity of the concept, the quality and variety of promotional materials, make this the most effective kids’ financial literacy program we have come across.” The CENTSABLES combine entertainment with education. Components of the project include an interactive website, comic book series, banking program for kids, NIE (Newspaper In Education)\ inserts, school study guides including teacher lesson plans, an animated television series, merchandising items such as Frisbees, clothing and other licensed products. "In times like these, we really need heroes,” Rose explained. “The CENTSABLES are six bank employees by day and superheroes by choice, helping kids understand the concept of money and its importance throughout their lifetimes, while teaching positive values.” He points out that with today's kids spending more than $30 billion on purchases each year, and accruing debt in record amounts, promoting financial literacy is a priority. “The CENTSABLES program helps us fill that need,” explains Rose. Through interaction with CFSB’s, THE CENTSABLES website (Visit www.yourlifeyourbank.com and at the top of the homepage, click The CENTSABLES Icon), kids can explore the concepts of money, how value is determined, basic economics and investing, all without being too technical to understand. Using activity pages and downloadable forms, children can

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master banking skills such as check-writing and budgeting, preparing deposit slips and earning money. The site features action comics based on the animated television series, an informative parent link, plus exercises and games that reinforce learning and keep kids coming back. The Kids’ Banking Program encourages saving and good financial management, providing youngsters with their own interest-bearing savings accounts. For every $5.00 in U.S. Currency that is put into a Kids Club Savings Account, 2 CENTSABLE DOLLARS will be given to the Kids Club Member. They can save this “play” money to purchase CENTSABLES prizes, collectibles, as well as gain admission to Kids Club Outings such as the annual Halloween Party and Costume Contest at Gatti’s Pizza in Draffenville and CFSB’s day at Maggie’s Jungle Golf, while their actual money deposited into CFSB earns interest.

CENTSABLES in the classroom The classroom component leverages website material into downloadable lesson plans that are in alignment with national educational standards for mathematics. The program includes a teacher resource kit, posters for the classrooms, comic books, calculators and other student handouts. The animated series, targeted to kids 6-11, features six super-hero friends who through their everyday adventures and examples teach sound fiscal responsibility and positive behavior. When villains like Creditor and Liquidator threaten the kids of Centsinnati, the CENTSABLES leap into action, fighting evildoers with abilities that include super speed and powers over water and wind. Storylines highlight the CENTSABLES' diversity and model pro-social behaviors. Narration for the series is being provided by ADAM WEST of Batman fame. The series will meet FCC educational and informational guidelines. “We are proud and excited to be offering this timely program,” said Rose. “We think it will greatly support our efforts to give our customers the knowledge and skills they need to make smart financial choices and sound life decisions

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throughout their lives.” CFSB invites all their CENTSABLES Kids Club members who have at least 20 CENTSABLE Dollars to come and participate in the CFSB Halloween Party and Costume Contest at Mr. Gatti’s, in Draffenville. Be there and make sure you’re in costume so that you are eligible to win some of the fantastic prizes. It’s going to be such a good time you’ll be screaming for more!

CFSB Play Center coming soon to Kentucky Oaks Mall In addition to this fantastic event, a wonderful new attraction, sure to thrill parents with small children is on the way at Kentucky Oaks Mall. CFSB is now the proud sponsor of the CFSB Play Center. This all-new feature in the Dillard’s Court will provide an exciting, entertaining space where young children have fun while their parents take a relaxing break from shopping. At the CFSB Play Center, a waist-high enclosure with one entrance will be lined with soft seating for parents. Inside, kids get to climb, jump and slide on a playground of design elements that are soft to the touch. The flooring is heavily padded for safety. The play elements, custom designed for CFSB, have a region-wide banking theme. They promote the tangible benefits that come from good personal money management in Western Kentucky. CFSB has incorporated images from The Centsables® and will be opening soon, as part of the freshly completed multi-million dollar renovation to Kentucky Oaks Mall. Details of a Grand Opening of the CFSB Play Center will be announced soon. For more information, stop by any CFSB Banking Center with locations in Benton, as well as locations in Calvert City, Draffenville, Murray, and Paducah. You may also contact CFSB by calling 1-888-226-5669 or visit their website at www.yourlifeyourbank.com. You can also interact socially with CFSB by searching CFSBank on Facebook or Twitter. CFSB is a member of the FDIC and is an Equal Housing Lender. v


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ith fall in the air, western Kentucky families anticipate seasonal delights including hot apple cider, pumpkin carving and of course, trick-ortreating. Still, many parents overlook the obvious when it comes to streets smarts and navigating through this sweet evening successfully. “Research finds that only one-third of parents discuss Halloween safety with their children each year,” said Kate Carr, president of Safe Kids. Since kids are still growing and their minds are developing, they may not always comprehend dangers which put them at risk for trouble. If your child had a back-to-school physical the topic of Halloween likely arose. “Halloween safety is something we mention because it is coming up,” said Dr. John Cecil, Pediatrician at the Cecil Clinic.

Clear a path. Before you hit the streets, some families may carve pumpkins as a tradition. Your child can draw a face with markers but you should be the one doing the cutting. Be sure that you prepare your home for the holiday by considering both your child’s safety and anything that may pose a hazard to other kids as well. This means removing anything that could 12 • October2012 www.purchaseparenting.com

be tripped over, like garden hoses, bikes and lawn decorations, from the porch and front yard before trick-or-treating begins. As far as offering something sweet to others, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that parents consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit their home such as coloring books or pens and pencils.

Stick to homes you know. A good place to start is by reinforcing safety strategies that you discuss the rest of the year like the buddy system. “Make sure your child stays with family or friends and does not go off by himself,” said Cecil. Staying away from strangers is important whether you are in your own neighborhood or walking the mall. “It is best to go to houses that you know and if the homes are not lit, it is an indicator that your child is wasting his time and steps,” said Cecil. Be sure your child knows to only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.

Vision is crucial. It is just as important to be able to see as it is to be seen.


“Your child should have a safety light so he can see where he is going,” said Cecil. Make sure the flashlight has fresh batteries. A glow stick is a good alternative as long as your child does not chew or try to break them. Try to encourage them to stay on a well-lit path like the sidewalk instead of the yard so they do not trip on anything. If your child is older and going alone, try to plan the route in advance and agree on a time when they will return home. If they have a phone, make sure they know how to call 911 in the case of an emergency.

Costume safety. Pick costumes with safety in mind and double check that the label on the costume says it is flame resistant. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame. “You do not want to have your child’s vision obscured and on some of the masks it is hard to see from the right or the left, so you should use face paint instead,” said Cecil. Another idea is to carry the mask with you and only have your child put it on when someone opens the door. If your child refuses to take off the mask, make sure the eye holes are big. “Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and choose www.paducahparenting.com October2012 • 13


light-colored costumes to improve visibility,” advised Carr. Try not to carry sticks, swords or other sharp objects.

Don’t rush! Take your time and do not rush through this holiday. “Accidents happen when kids run out in front of the road,” said Cecil. The most common accident during Halloween is getting hit by a car. “That is why you need to have a reflective outfit that shows up at night and be careful when crossing the street,” cautioned Cecil. This helps drivers see you but does not put you in the clear from being aware of your surroundings. “Look left, right and left again when crossing the street and keep looking as you cross,” said Carr. Ask your child to walk rather than run and review safe behaviors like how to obey traffic signals.

Review manners with your child. Even though it sounds like common sense, some kids engage in vandalism and may do something stupid such as throwing eggs at a car or house. Let him know that it is not funny and that he should not think he can get away with it

because the truth is that he can get arrested. Support your child in his effort to have a safe Halloween by letting him know that when he acts responsibly he will feel a sense of pride and accomplishment and it will also earn him more of your trust for years to come.

Don’t forget your pets. Do not forget to have a game plan for your family pet. The constant ringing of the doorbell can be frustrating for them so try to be sympathetic by putting your dog or cat in a room just for him with a closed door that has food, water and some favorite toys. You should check on him every once in awhile to make sure he is fine. You may have spotted a good-looking costume for your pet but know that he does not want to wear it. As much as your pet may beg for candy, be sure your child does not share any with him as it can kill the pet.

Check that candy! When the night is over, look before your child touches or tastes. “Make sure the candy is pre-wrapped and is not homemade unless you know who is making it,” said Cecil. Remember that your child may not always be able to judge what is okay to eat. Last but not least, try to ration treats in the days following Halloween to get back in the swing of healthy habits for the rest of the year. v

With that good advice and pre-planning we wish you a safe and Happy Halloween!

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his article is in response to a couple of phone calls from our readers in the past months. Are you thinking about jazzing up your child’s birthday party this year? Want to find a unique idea for your son or daughter’s special day? They say variety is the spice of life, and it’s no different with birthday parties. We’ve asked around, done our research, and come up with some birthday party ideas that many of you might not have thought of. Here are some regional ideas to get you started: YaYa’s Island has three birthday party options, and they’re open seven days a week. Their standard package is $96.90 and allows for eight children (additional kids are $9.99). Kids have an hour in the party area and then relocated to play area where they can stay for as long as they wish. Each child gets two slices of pizza and a refillable drink. Two games such as the limbo, hokey pokey, Macarena, conga line, or a treasure hunt are offered. YaYa’s provides the plates, cups, napkins, and cutlery needs. In addition to the package mentioned, there are two others to choose from, as well. Contact them at 270-408-9292. For the sports-oriented folks, the Paducah Regional Sports Plex is just the place. I spoke with Lyz Hornbeak at the Plex

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about their many options. “We can do basketball, volleyball, and dodge ball parties on our basketball court. We’ve had a birthday party for a three-year-old where the parents told their friends to bring big wheels and ride-on toys. They rode all over the court! We can do turf parties such as soccer, football, or baseball. We also have inflatable parties, which includes a bounce house and a 65 foot obstacle course.” Prices vary from season to season and option to option, but they range from $155 to $245. The Plex provides popcorn, drinks, birthday cakes, paper products, and they even organize and clean up. They can accommodate 16 kids, with more for a small fee. They’re open seven days a week. Call them at 270-744-8310. What kid doesn’t love to tumble and play? Jim Swick, owner of Lakewood Gymnastics, told me about his facility, which is perfect for those active children. “I think the thing that makes our parties different is the variety of activities that we have to offer: Inflatables, the play areas, the trampolines anybody can have fun. You don’t have to be a cheerleader, a gymnast, or even athletic. We have so many different attractions that kids can go anywhere they want. And it’s exclusive. The gym area is yours and no one else’s.” A standard party is $135 and includes 60 minutes of supervised play

and 30 minutes of refreshments. Lakewood prices include up to 12 children, and it’s $5 per child for extra guests. You can reach them at 270- 444-0862. Skating is also a great option for a unique birthday party. I spoke with Sandra Hall, Manager at Kingsway Skateland, about their parties. “We offer an in-session birthday package, which is during a public skating session. They’re $89 for up to 12 kids skating. It’s $4 for each additional child. We

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also have a private party package to rent the whole building. Those average about $169 and are priced for up to 35 kids. It’s $3 for each additional child.” Kingsway provides the regular skate rental, (a quad skate), the cake, the drinks, the table setups, the invitations, a hostess to serve and clean up, and they play the birthday song. Kids can play games throughout the session such as the spotlight game and limbo. The only things you have to bring are candles for the cake! Please call them at 270-443-1646 for more information. McDonald’s is a classic for birthday party ideas. They have birthday packages that include happy meals for all of the guests, as well as party favors and a gift for the party child. They can also play party games with the children. They can provide a cake or parents can bring their own. Packages start for 10 children and go up $5 a child (the cake is extra). Parties usually last an hour and a half to two hours.

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“The kids come, play, and have a great time, “said Cathy Elliott, Marketing Director for McDonalds. “Moms and dads have so many things to take care of, so leave the mess for us to deal with! It’s a great way to create special memories with your child. We’re always looking for things to make life a little simpler, and this is one way to do it.” For information on parties, call them at 270- 554-4002. Don’t want to travel to the Paducah area? How about the YMCA in Mayfield! They have packages that include either a swimming party or a bounce party with inflatables. Their parties are available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. A maximum of 15 kids (extra charge for more children) can be accommodated. The price is $75 for non-members and $60 for members. Parties usually last about an hour and a half, but

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arrangements can be made to lengthen the party time. For more information, call the YMCA at 270-247-0049. Swimming parties all year round! Yes, you can rent the 20 x 40 heated indoor pool at the Jade and Earth Spa located inside Green Turtle Bay Resort in Grand Rivers. They have many party options including themed parties, unassisted pool parties, and private cabana’s to rent. Themed parties allow 2 hours of pool time and an hour of staff assisted activity. Unassisted parties have 3 hours of pool time. Themes include Splishity Splashity for $150.00 and Bling Bling for $225.00. (Bling Bling parties include pretty tiaras, choice of mini manicure or pedicure and glitter polish for all participants. There is also a Sports Blast party at $200 with floating sports equipment, pool volleyball, ping pong tables and more! A 50% deposit is due on booking and all fees must be paid 5 days I advance of your event. Party times are based on jade and Earth Spa facility hours and availability, Please make reservations at least a month in advance. Jade and Earth Spa offers meals and cupcakes for parties - just call for details, 270-362-1820. The Funky Monkey Pottery Co. in Benton is a great place for a birthday party. “We charge a deposit on the party room for $30 which holds the room for the day,” explained Jackie Frazier, Owner of the business. Parents pay for whatever the kids are going to paint. We have over 450 things to choose from, and they usually run from $4 to $8 per child. Parents bring in the cake, the room is already decorated, and we have everything ready to go. We suggest that the kids paint first, and then do cake and gifts. Parties usually last about an hour and a half or two hours. Their party room holds about 20 people. The Funky Monkey Pottery Co. is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 to 6:00, Friday 10:00 to 8:00, and Sunday 1:00 to 5:00. For more information, call 270-252-0001. www.purchaseparenting.com October2012 • 19


‘Celebrations’, a business located in Murray, has party rentals. They rent inflatables, disco balls, and concessions such as popcorn machines, snow cones, cotton candy, and hotdogs. Their foam machines are new this year. I spoke with at Celebrations about this new product. “We’re now renting foam machines for what kids are calling ‘foam parties’ ,” said Owner Leigh Ann Weaver. “It allows kids to fill the room or yard with soap bubbles. It’s a dye free, fragrance free soap that’s safe for the environment. Basically, it’s a mixture that dissolves.” They also have themed party supplies such as Mario Brothers, Transformers, Power Rangers, Care Bears, My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Their inflatables start at $150 plus delivery. They can be reached at 270-761-2933.

water without having to worry about sunscreen. Weather does not affect us unless there is lightning. It’s summertime all year long at Brooks Pool!” The price is $125 for 2 hours for up to 20 children. Extra time can be added in hour increments at a charge of $50 per hour. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to book the party. It must be booked at least one week in advance. A certified lifeguard is provided during the entire party. A party room is provided, and the party may bring in any food and decorations they would like. Parties are provided on Friday evenings after 4pm, Saturdays, and Sundays after 1pm. We will also do similar parties for scout groups, home school groups and specialty groups. Please call for special information. Brooks Pool phone number (270) 443-1778. e-mail brookspoolbroadway@hotmail.com

Broadway United Methodist Church has a great indoor pool that makes the perfect party location. “One good thing about Brooks Pool is that it’s a year round facility,” Janet Haynes told me. “Even in the summertime, when it’s hot outside and the sun is beating down on you, kids can still come and enjoy the

If you’re looking for a unique birthday party idea for all ages, consider the National Quilt Museum. Becky Glasby, Director of Education at the National Quilt Museum, gave me information about their party options. “We have rooms available to rent for parties of any kind. We have three classrooms in the museum. They can hold about 45 people per room, and rooms can be combined for additional seating. Rooms are $75 during business hours, which are Monday through Saturday 10:00 to 5:00 and Sundays 1:00 to 5:00.” You can bring in your refreshments and cake. We have hands-on activities that we can help supervise such as crafts relating to fabric arts and quilting. Of course gallery tours are also available.” Call them at 270-442-8856. With so many party locations to choose from in our area, we’re sure you’ll find just the right one for your birthday boy or girl. If you have a favorite location which isn’t listed, please email us so we can include it in future articles. v

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Arthritis by Dr. Heath Schipp Active Care Chiropractic

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rthritis is a word that many patients hear from their doctors all the time, but what is arthritis? Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint, which is characterized by redness, swelling, heat, pain, and decreased movement. There are many different types of arthritis, but only two are very common. These are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Both of these types cause pain and stiffness but they differ in who gets the disease and where the pain is located.

Osteoarthritis The most common type of arthritis is called osteoarthritis. This type of arthritis usually begins over the age of 40 and affects over forty million Americans. It is known as “wear and tear” arthritis because it is a result of the breakdown of cartilage due to trauma and overuse. Cartilage is the portion of

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the joint that cushions the ends of the bones during movement. The cartilage breakdown causes bones to rub against each other causing pain, loss of joint movement, stiffness, and cracking or crunching sounds. Osteoarthritis is most common in the hands, knees, hips, and spine. Osteoarthritis in the spine can be a sign of misalignment of the spinal bones. It can often be a result of an old injury, such as auto accident or sports injury as well. On x-rays bony outgrowths (osteophytes) are visible and are seen sticking out from the bones. Osteophytes are the body’s attempt to stabilize or make the joint stronger. The combination of osteophytes and bone misalignment can cause the spinal nerves to become pinched, which causes pain.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is another type of arthritis. RA is a


serious disease in which the immune system attacks the joints. This attacking causes deformity, severe pain, and inflammation. RA tends to occur earlier in life, usually between 25 and 30. Multiple joints are more commonly affected, and usually both sides of the body at the same time are affected.

Treatment Both types of arthritis can cause much pain and discomfort. There are things which can be done to relieve the pain and improve joint function. Chiropractic has been shown to improve joint functioning and decrease pain, especially in the spine and hips. Heat, ice, stretching, and exercises can also be used to decrease stiffness. It is important for people who are suffering from arthritis to learn what to do to protect their joints because joint health is critical to overall health and wellbeing. You don’t have to live with arthritis pain. Find out how chiropractic care can help. v www.purchaseparenting.com October2012 • 23


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McCracken County Extension Service Fall Fest/Open House

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he McCracken County UK Extension Office is pleased to bring a Fall Fest/Open House on October 15, from 4.30 – 6.30 PM. It will take place at the Extension Office on Olivet Church Road. There will be both indoor and outdoor activities and fun for the whole family. Fall Fest Open House will be a mini field day to highlight the services of the Cooperative Extension Service and what we offer in McCracken County to our citizens. This has been an annual event the past few years but will begin to take place on the opposite year of the University Of Kentucky College Of Agriculture’s Field Day in Princeton that will be held in July of 2013. During the Field Day in Princeton all aspects of Extension can be seen on a larger scale. In McCracken County we’re growing ideas that make a difference in your life, your family, and your community. We have a dedicated staff of trained professionals delivering educational programs in agriculture and natural resources, horticulture, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, and community and economic development. The McCracken County Cooperative Extension Office is your connection to the University of Kentucky and the world.

Something Fun for Kids of all Ages At the Fall Fest Open House, there will be activities for youth similar to those at a traditional fall festival. All activities are free for the whole family. • Cupcake Walk • Face Painting • Bean Bag Toss • Fishing Pond (always a favorite) • Craft Center • Inflatables new this year • Pumpkin Painting • Antique Tractor/Fall picture spot-bring your camera • Roadie the Reading Bus • Free Popcorn, Snow cones, Hot Dogs, Chips, Drinks, free reusable tote bags limited quantity

County Clubs, Activities and Groups What is your interest? There are probably activities or events that will meet the needs of most anyone. We have Master Gardening, Master Food, Extension Homemakers Clubs, 4H School Clubs, Community Clubs, Shooting Sports, Dog Club, Horse Club, Quilting Club, Knitting Club, Bags of Love, Arts & Crafts Days, Embroidery Machine Demonstrations, Cooking Classes, Weight Loss Classes, Quilt Block Trail, and much, much more. Please call 554-9520 or visit our website http://ces.ca.uky.edu/mccracken/. 24 • October2012 www.purchaseparenting.com


Cooperative Extension Does What? You call or stop by the Extension Office with any question that you may have regarding the farm, home, gardening, nutrition and 4H opportunities. McCracken County is able to provide 4 Program Areas with trained County Agents bringing programs and opportunities to the community. • Ag and Natural Resources Extension ANR programs are part of the outreach program of the University Of Kentucky College Of Agriculture providing informal education in agricultural production and environmental stewardship. • Horticulture focuses on consumer and commercial horticulture needs. • Family and Consumer Sciences Extension improves the quality of individual and family life through education, research, and outreach. • 4H Youth Development program creates opportunities and supportive environments for youth and adults to become capable, competent and caring citizens.

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Impact Poverty Study – HowYou can Make a Difference in Your Community by Deanna Wise Henschel, Esq, Chair of the Impact Poverty Kids & Education Group

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rom 2000 to 2008, the number of families living in poverty in the nation and state increased by less than one-half percent. The number of families in poverty in the City of Paducah grew 5.5%! Nearly one-half of the single mothers in McCracken County live in poverty. Over one-third of the African Americans in our community are poor. Paducah/McCracken County and Western Kentucky have a major problem; there has been an alarming growth in poverty rates in our community. Poverty strips away health and hope from our children, the elderly and the disadvantaged. Poverty not only affects those who live within its confines, but also robs communities via lost productivity, increased demand for social services, underperforming students and an ill-prepared workforce.

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For two years, a group of highly motivated leaders from Paducah/McCracken County met monthly, for sometimes day long seminars, studying poverty in our community. We sought input from experts in every field. We listened intently to first-person reflections from those actually living in poverty. We compared our statistics to those in our country and across Kentucky. The statistics we studied are eye opening and the severity of the problem is gut wrenching. We were forced to evaluate the hard facts and then challenged to answer the even harder questions of “Why is this happing here?” and “What can we, as a community, do to help?” Slowly but surely, we began developing a plan to transform the opportunities available to those living in poverty in our community. The plan was published by the United Way and is set forth in the IMPACT POVERTY STUDY (www.unitedwaypaducah. org/impact_poverty.htm). The study divided the problem of poverty into 5 key areas; we subdivided into groups focusing on the areas of Critical Care & Community Wellness, Kids & Education, Substance Abuse, Jobs and Perceptions. Each of these smaller groups set forth a mission and laid out the short-, mid- and long-term goals. The Kids & Education group is of particular interest to readers of Purchase Parenting Magazine. The mission of the group is to:

Break the cycle of generational poverty by impacting children through education, mentoring, and exposure to opportunities outside their current circles.

Some of the keys things we discovered through our research are: • In 2008, 18.5% of U.S. children were living in poverty. 36.4% of Paducah children were living in poverty. • Children living in a single female-headed household are over four times more likely to be poor than children living in a married couple family. • Middle and high school teachers witnessed a common theme among children in poverty; these children have

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a lack of hope when reaching junior and senior years and no realistic plans for what to do next. Many of these students have been told college is not an option, so education beyond high school has not been part of their future-thinking. Also, these youth have aspirations to be doctors, athletes or entertainers and don’t seem to have a realistic idea of how to become productive useful citizens. • Elementary school teachers reported exhausted, hungry children showing up to school.

What can you do to help impact poverty in your community?

The specific goals of this group can be found in the study. The current focus is on mentoring and after school activities. There are several initiatives under way right now.

The Impact Poverty Study plan represents the proposed strategies to reduce poverty in our community over the next ten years. Please take time to read the plan and be a willing participant in the solution. The Task Force members have been empowered by this experience and, as we move forward, there will be countless opportunities for citizens to serve and help implement meaningful solutions to poverty in our community. v

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The United Way is currently recruiting volunteers to work at numerous organizations providing mentorship and afterschool care for the children in our community. We are currently in the beginning stages of creating our volunteer database. Are you interested in volunteering to work with children? If so, please contact the United Way and maybe we can find the perfect fit for you! (United Way: (270) 442-1691)

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*All information contained in this article is from the United Way of Paducah-McCracken County’s IMPACT POVERTY STUDY, which was provided to the public and published in January 2012. For additional information and statistics regarding poverty in our community, please refer to www.unitedwaypaducah.org/impact_poverty.htm.


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All About Poop! by Jason Lindsey Hooked on Science

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am sure it’s the dame at your house as it is in mine – potty questions come up all the time. Whether we’re potty training or just discussing biology and human digestion, poop questions predominate! Now there is a great way to discuss this sometimes disgusting topic with young children. All About Poop explains the science of poop in a way that preschoolers can truly understand - a previous void in the world of children’s literature. Have you ever wondered all about poop? Why our bodies make such stinky goop? And where does it go after we wipe  when the poop is flushed into a pipe?  So begins the adventure of an inquisitive little boy and his charming dog as they discover how poop is formed and where it ends up. Written by award-winning mom blogger Kate Hayes to help answer her own kids’ constant potty questions, this book explains the science of poop in a way that preschoolers can truly understand. With humorous rhymes, children learn about the digestive  system, septic tanks, sewage plants, germs, and even proper  bathroom etiquette. All About Poop will delight children and parents with its funny, yet educational, take on human waste and all its wonders. Go to www.facebook.com/AllAboutPoop to learn more about All About Poop. 

Explanation The adding machine tape represents the average length of an adult small intestine. In the small intestine chemicals break down the food. Tiny structures called villi inside the small intestine take in nutrients from the digested food and then move the nutrients into the blood.

Finally, here are some poopy facts… • Cockroaches toot every 15 minutes! • Herring, a type of fish, use farts to communicate with each other. • An adult African Elephant can produce up to 300 pounds of poop each day! • One chore of American pioneer children was to gather buffalo poop or “buffalo chips,” to use as fuel to burn in fires. v

As usual the brains at Hooke on Science have come up with a cool experiment that relates well to this book and is educational for school age children.

How long is your Small Intestine? Ingredients Yard Stick Scissors Adding Machine Tape Instructions STEP 1: Use the yard stick to measure and cut 23 feet of adding machine tape. www.purchaseparenting.com October2012 • 29


WEDNESDAY 3 The Mystery of the Missing Loot. Land Between the Lakes Nature Station. 2:15 PM. Free program with paid admission. www.lbl.org or 800-525-7077.

eventscalendar To place an event in the calendar please call (270) 415-9400 or email us at purchaseparenting@comcast.net. Submissions will be accepted until the 15th of each month prior to publication. We make evert effort to ensure the accuracy of our entries, however, please double check events as time and dates can change.

Girls Day Out. Clay Chameleon, Paducah. 9 chameleon.com

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THURSDAY 4 Toy Story 2. McCracken County Public Library. 1 PM. www.mclib.net or 270-4422510 ext. 119. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. McCracken County Public Library. 3 PM. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119.

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X-Men of the Wild. Land Between the Lakes Nature Station. 2:15PM. Free program with paid admission. www.lbl.org or 800-525-7077.

Fall Break Camp. Paducah Parks Department. $75/week. 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. Daily October 1-5. Anna Baumer Bldg. Noble Park. To register: 270-444-8508 or www.paducahky.gov.

Harvest Fest. Historic Public Square in Elkton. Runs October 4-6. 270-265-7070.

FRIDAY 5

Movie Monday – Toy Story. McCracken County Public Library. 1 www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119.

For Goodness Snakes. Land Between the Lakes Nature Station. 2:15 PM. Free program with paid admission. www.lbl.org or 800-525-7077.

Family Game Night. McCracken County Public Library. 5-8 PM. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119.

MONDAY 1

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Movie Monday – Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. McCracken County Public Library. 3 PM. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119. A Serious Case of the Uglies. Land Between the Lakes Nature Station. 2:15 PM. Free program with paid admission. www.lbl.org or 800-525-7077.

TUESDAY 2

An Evening with the Gaither Vocal Band. Carson Center. 7PM. 270-450-4444 or www.thecarsoncenter.org

SATURDAY 6 Nature Arts Day. Land Between the Lakes Nature Station. 10 AM – 4 PM. Activities throughout the day. www.lbl.org or 800-525-7077.

School’s Out - Jump for Joy! Rope Warrior program. 10 AM & 1 PM. McCracken County Public Library. 1 PM. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119.

2nd Annual Walk for Wellness. National Association of Mental Illness, Paducah Chapter. Noble Park. 8AM. Raise $25 & earn a free t-shirt. For more information, call Jennifer at 270-442-2883.

Laser Light Music Shows. Land Between the Lakes Golden Pond Planetarium. 5:30 & 7PM. www.lbl.org or 800-525-7077.

BBQ & Bluegrass Day. La Center. 270-665-8277.

Nature’s Top Model. Land Between the Lakes Nature Station. 2:15 PM. Free program with paid admission. www.lbl.org or 800-525-7077.

Wurth Farms October Days. 1720 S. Friendship Rd, Paducah. 9 AM-5 PM. 270-5531403.

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Legos at the Library. McCracken County Public Library. 1-4 PM. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119.

Trigg County Country Ham Festival. Main Street, Cadiz. 270-522-8756 or www.cadiz-lakebarkley.com

Kentucky Beauties Pageant. Courtyard by Marriott. 1-4 PM. 1-888-563-3348.

Howl Your Head Off. Land Between the Lakes Nature Station. 1:30 PM. www.lbl.org or 800-525-7077.

Ox Power. Land Between the Lakes Homeplace. 2PM. www.lbl.org or 800-525-7077. Laser Light Music Shows. Land Between the Lakes Golden Pond Planetarium. 5:30 & 7PM. www.lbl.org or 800-525-7077.

SUNDAY 7 Old-fashioned Family Campfire. Land Between the Lakes Nature Station. 2 PM. $7 adults/$5 kids. Price includes NS admission. Bring chairs and blankets, and join us around the fire. Bring the kids for an afternoon filled with stories, s'mores, songs, and skits. Limited to 50 participants. Reservations and full deposits required. Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your space. Wurth Farms October Days. 1720 S. Friendship Rd, Paducah. 1-4 PM. 270-553-1403. Read to Reel. Hunger Games Movie. McCracken County Public Library. 2 PM. Join Kim Russell from WKCTC for a book & movie discussion. Book & movie discussion on October 14th at 2 PM. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510, ext. 122.

MONDAY 8 AN APPLE A DAY. Land Between the Lakes Homeplace. 1 PM. www.lbl.org or 800-

Deadline for the Distinguished Veteran Award Nominations. 5PM. Paducah Parks Dept. To be honored at the Veteran’s Day Parade on November 12. 270-4448508 or www.paducahky.gov TAP – The Show. WKCTC Clemens Fine Arts Center. 7:30 www.artsinfocus.org

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270.534.3212 or

Downtown Walking Ghost Tours. Market House Theatre. 6:30-10 PM. 270-4446828 or mhtplay.com

SATURDAY 13 Trigg County Country Ham Festival. Main Street, Cadiz. 270-522-8756 or www.cadiz-lakebarkley.com Nature Photography in LBL Van Tour. Land Between the Lakes. Leaves from Lake Barkley State Resort Park. Morning & afternoon sessions. $35/person for full day. $20/person for half day. Limited to 16 participants. Beginners are welcome. Advanced registration required. Call 270-924-2020 to register.

525-7077.

Grand Rivers Hunters Moon Fall Festival. Little Lake Park. www.grandrivers.org

World’s Most Endangered Program. Land Between the Lakes Nature Station. 1:30 PM. www.lbl.org or 800-525-7077.

Wurth Farms October Days. 1720 S. Friendship Rd, Paducah. 9 AM-5 PM. 270-553-1403.

A Christmas Story auditions. Market House Theatre. 6:30-8:45 PM. 270-444-6828 or mhtplay.com

TUESDAY 9

Schmidt Farms Pumpkin Days. 3005 Cairo Rd, Paducah. 270-443-0136. Civil War Days Reenactment and Canon Battle. Columbus-Belmont State Park. 270-677-2327 or www.KYGRRO.org

Class Acts Series presents Choosy Suzy Bully Prevention Program. 9:30 & 11:30 AM. Carson Center. 270.450.4444 www.carsoncenter.org

Paducah Symphony Orchestra presents Young & Mighty Competition Winners. 7:30 PM. Carson Center, Paducah. 270-444-0065 or www.paducahsymphony.org

“In the Garden” with Ms. Retta, Bob Dog, and Ms. Cherri. Story Hour. 10 AM & 1 PM. McCracken County Public Library. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119.

Paint the Plugs Celebration. LowerTown Arts District. Noon-4PM. Free. Block party celebrating the winners of this contest. Live music, food, extended gallery hours. 270-444-8649 or www.paducahalliance.org

Baby & Me- a 20 minute story time for ages 0-24 months by Pam Whelan. 11 AM. McCracken County Public Library. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119. E-Reader Class- Learn the magic formula for downloading books from the library into your electronic device. Easy. McCracken County Public Library. 2 PM. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119. Laser Light Music Shows. Land Between the Lakes Golden Pond Planetarium. 5:30 & 7PM. www.lbl.org or 800-525-7077.

WEDNESDAY 10 Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf & Treat Time for Wolves. Land Between the Lakes Nature Station. 1:30 & 2:30 PM. www.lbl.org or 800-525-7077. Girls Day Out. Clay Chameleon, Paducah. 9 chameleon.com

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270-442-1112 or www.clay-

KY Girls STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Collaborative and the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. Free forum. 4 - 6:30 PM. WKCTC Emerging Technology Center. Hands-on activities to encourage young girls to pursue STEM disciplines. Registration begins at 3:30, or you can pre-register at http://www.kygirlsstem.com/WKF/ Door prizes, snacks, and more. Contact Cindy Ragland at 270-442-3174 for more information A Christmas Story auditions. Market House Theatre. 6:30-8:45 PM. 270-444-6828 or mhtplay.com

THURSDAY 11 Red Wolves: A Southern Wonder. Plus, Treat Time for Wolves. Land Between the Lakes Nature Station. 1:30 & 2:30 PM. www.lbl.org or 800-525-7077. Paducah Chamber Power in Partnership Breakfast. Convention Center, Paducah. 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM. Must RSVP by October 10 at 270-443-1746. Family Game Night. McCracken County Public Library. 5-8 PM. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119. Journey Into the Spirit World with Patti Starr. Evening Upstairs at McCracken County Public Library. 7PM. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119.

FRIDAY 12 Civil War Ghost Walk, Civil War Days Reenactment and Canon Battle. Columbus-Belmont State Park. 270-677-2327 or www.KYGRRO.org

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eventscalendar Downtown Walking Ghost Tours. Market House Theatre. 6:30-10 PM. 270-4446828 or mhtplay.com

SUNDAY 14 Trigg County Country Ham Festival. Main Street, Cadiz. 270-522-8756 or www.cadiz-lakebarkley.com Bikes on Broadway. 1-4PM. Bring your family and your bicycles, skateboards, tricycles, and wagons to Paducah's Bikes on Broadway event. Broadway from 4th to 17th Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic. FREE. Wurth Farms October Days. 1720 S. Friendship Rd, Paducah. 1-4 PM. 270-553-1403. Read to Reel. Hunger Games Movie. McCracken County Public Library. 2 PM. Join Kim Russell from WKCTC for a book & movie discussion. Book & movie discussion on October 14th at 2 PM. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510, ext. 122. Civil War Days Reenactment and Canon Battle. Columbus-Belmont State Park. 270-677-2327 or www.KYGRRO.org

MONDAY 15 TUESDAY 16 Class Acts Series presents Virtually Me. 9:30 & 11:30 270.450.4444 www.carsoncenter.org

AM.

Carson Center.

“Apples & Bananas” with Ms. Retta, Bob Dog, and Ms. Cherri. Story Hour. 10 AM & 1 PM. McCracken County Public Library. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119. Baby & Me- a 20 minute story time for ages 0-24 months by Pam Whelan. 11 AM. McCracken County Public Library. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119. Laser Light Music Shows. Land Between the Lakes Golden Pond Planetarium. 5:30 & 7PM. www.lbl.org or 800-525-7077. Challenger Learning Center presents June Scobee Rodgers. 6:30-7:30 Crounse Hall, Room 101 at WKCTC. Book Signing to follow, 7:30-8:30 www.clcpaducah.org or 270-534-3097.

PM, PM.

Techonolgy Corner. Ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 am. 628 Broadway, light refreshments will be served.

WEDNESDAY 17 Girls Day Out. Clay Chameleon, Paducah. 9 chameleon.com

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270-442-1112 or www.clay-

THURSDAY 18 Technique Class at Clay Chameleon. Using a Writer Bottle to Perfect Your Project. 5:30 - 7 PM. 270-442-1112 or www.claychameleon.com Queen of the Mississippi. Port of Paducah Riverfront. 1-800-PADUCAH. Paducah Chamber of Commerce Trade Show. Julian Carroll Convention Center. 2-7 PM. FREE. 270-443-1746. Family Game Night. McCracken County Public Library. 5-8 PM. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119. Challenger Learning Center presents Astronaut Night, a public presentation by Terry Wilcutt. 6:30-7:30 PM, Clemens Fine Arts Center at WKCTC. Autograph session and CLC Open House, 7:30-9:00 PM. www.clcpaducah.org or 270-534-3097.

FRIDAY 19 2012 Annual CarlisleFest. Bardwell. Carlisle County Fairgrounds. 270-628-5451 or www.kygrro.org Jack-O-Lantern Contest Deadline. 5PM. Paducah Parks Dept. 270-444-8508 or www.paducahky.gov Downtown Walking Ghost Tours. Market House Theatre. 6:30-10 PM. 270-4446828 or mhtplay.com

SATURDAY 20 Boots & Bridles Horse Competition.9 www.horsesinc.org

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Carson Park. 270-437-3881.

Legos at the Library. McCracken County Public Library. 1-4 PM. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119.

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Wurth Farms October Days. 1720 S. Friendship Rd, Paducah. 9 AM-5 PM. 270-553-1403.

Wurth Farms October Days. 1720 S. Friendship Rd, Paducah. 9 AM-5 PM. 270-553-1403.

Schmidt Farms Pumpkin Days. 3005 Cairo Rd, Paducah. 270-443-0136.

Legos at the Library. McCracken County Public Library. 1-4 PM. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119.

Fountain Avenue Fall Festival. 5-8PM. Free. Food, games, movie and more. Paducah. 270-444-8508 or www.paducahky.gov Masquerade Ball to Benefit Market House Theater Children’s Programming. Julian Carroll Convention Center. 6:30-11:45 PM. 270-444-6828 or mhtplay.com

4th Annual Paducah Zombie Walk. 9th & Broadway. 5 www.paducahzombiewalk.com

PM.

270-331-1574 or

Distiller’s Dinner. Carson Center. 6:30 PM. Reservations required. For tickets or more information: 270.450.4444 or www.carsoncenter.org

Oktoberbest & Polka Party. Maiden Alley Cinema. 11AM-5PM. Bavarian foods, artisan beer, live music. www.maidenalleycinema.org or 270-441-7007.

Dirt Daubers – Backstage Pass. WKCTC Clemens Fine Arts Center. 7:30 270.534.3212 or www.artsinfocus.org

PM.

Harvest Moon Ball. Robert Cherry Civic Center, 2701 Park Ave, Paducah. 8-10:30 270-898-0180.

Moonlight Oak Grove Cemetery & Mausoleum Tours. Market House Theatre. 6:30-10 PM. 270-444-6828 or mhtplay.com

Area 1 Bowling Tournament. Paducah. Special Olympics of Kentucky. www.soky.org

SUNDAY 28

Area 2 Bowling Tournament. Owensboro. Special Olympics of Kentucky. www.soky.org

Creepy Critters Show. McCracken County Public Library. www.mclib.net or 270442-2510 ext. 119.

SUNDAY 21

Wurth Farms October Days. 1720 S. Friendship Rd, Paducah. 1-4 PM. 270-553-1403.

Wurth Farms October Days. 1720 S. Friendship Rd, Paducah. 1-4 PM. 270-553-1403.

PM.

MONDAY 22

Moonlight Oak Grove Cemetery & Mausoleum Tours. Market House Theatre. 6:30-10 PM. 270-444-6828 or mhtplay.com

Class Acts Series presents The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. 9:30 & 11:30 AM. Carson Center. 270.450.4444 www.carsoncenter.org

MONDAY 29 TUESDAY 30

TUESDAY 23 “The Runaway Pancake” with Ms. Retta, Bob Dog, and Ms. Cherri. Story Hour. 10 AM & 1 PM. McCracken County Public Library. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119. Baby & Me- a 20 minute story time for ages 0-24 months by Pam Whelan. 11 AM. McCracken County Public Library. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119. E-Reader Class- Learn the magic formula for downloading books from the library into your electronic device. Easy. McCracken County Public Library. 6:30 PM. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119. Love on a Leash. McCracken County Public Library. 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Melanie Watson, Chapter Leader of Four Rivers Love on a Leash Pet Therapy, will share new aspects of Man’s Best Friend, talk about a READING Program to Doggies and discuss dog safety. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119.

Laser Light Music Shows. Land Between the Lakes Golden Pond Planetarium. 5:30 & 7PM. www.lbl.org or 800-525-7077.

WEDNESDAY 31 Class Acts Series presents We the People. 9:30 & 11:30 270.450.4444 www.carsoncenter.org Girls Day Out. Clay Chameleon, Paducah. 9 chameleon.com

AM.

AM.

Carson Center.

270-442-1112 or www.clay-

“Halloween Fun” with Ms. Retta, Bob Dog, and Ms. Cherri. Story Hour. 10 AM & 1 PM. McCracken County Public Library. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119. Baby & Me- a 20 minute story time for ages 0-24 months by Pam Whelan. 11 AM. McCracken County Public Library. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119.

Laser Light Music Shows. Land Between the Lakes Golden Pond Planetarium. 5:30 & 7PM. www.lbl.org or 800-525-7077. Artisan Kitchen Cooking Class. 1704 Broadway, Paducah. 7 PM. 270-538-0250 www.artisankitchen.net

WEDNESDAY 24 Veteran’s Day Poster & Essay Contest Deadline. Daughters of the American Revolution & Paducah Parks Department. 5PM. Grades K-2nd: Poster Contest. 3rd12th: Essay Contest. For details, 270-444-8508 or www.paducahky.gov Girls Day Out. Clay Chameleon, Paducah. 9 chameleon.com

AM.

270-442-1112 or www.clay-

THURSDAY 25 Family Game Night. McCracken County Public Library. 5-8 PM. www.mclib.net or 270-442-2510 ext. 119. Clemens Gallery Opening Reception. WKCTC, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah. 270-534-3212 or www.artsinfocus.org Cybersecurity Seminar. Technology Corner, 628 Broadway. 2 hour class, $100 per person. Group discounts available. Please call to reserve your spot, 444-0905.

FRIDAY 26 Moonlight Oak Grove Cemetery & Mausoleum Tours. Market House Theatre. 6:30-10 PM. 270-444-6828 or mhtplay.com St. Mary’s Booster Club Annual Fundraiser. Purple Toad Winery. $40/couple; $20/person Evening includes dinner, music, and wine tasting. All proceeds benefit St. Mary Booster Club, which helps to fund all middle and high school sports. 270-442-1681.

SATURDAY 27 Zombies vs. Superheroes Fun Run/Walk & Chili Challenge. Benefit for CourtAppointed Special Advocates of Calloway & Marshall Counties. Kentucky Dam Village. Registration begins at 10 AM. Walk/Run begins at 11 AM. To pre-register, call 270-761-0164. Run/Walk approximately 3 miles. Prizes for costumes. Chili Challenge Setup begins at 10 AM & event runs noon – 1:30 PM. $25/team. Prizes. To register, call 270-761-0164 or email casapr@murray-ky.net. Deadline for Chili Challenge: 10/19/12.

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THROUGH OCTOBER 16: Blending the Old and the New: Quilts by Paul D.

Pilgrim. National Quilt Museum. An encore presentation. If you've ever collected antique quilt blocks and struggled with what to do with them, come be inspired and get ideas from seeing how Paul reassembled the old into new and exciting designs. www.quiltmuseum.org

eventscalendar Trunk or Treat at Concord United Methodist Church, Paducah. 4-6 PM. Come join a fun alternative to house-to-house trick-or-treating!

NOVEMBER 1-4: Rivers Edge Film Festival. Maiden Alley Cinema, Paducah. 270-

THROUGH DECEMBER 10: Material Witnesses. National Quilt Museum.

www.quiltmuseum.org

THROUGH DECEMBER 10: Priscilla Sage. National Quilt Museum. www.quilt-

442-7723 or www.riversedgefilmfestival.com

museum.org

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Telethon of Stars Door Decor Dinner. Purple Toad Winery.

THROUGH OCTOBER 12: Jewelry and Metals Invitational. Clemens Fine art

6:30 - 10PM. Auctioning holiday wreaths & designer door decor. All monies raised from donated wreaths will go to the 56th Annual Telethon of Stars. The evening includes dinner and entertainment for $25/person. Purple Toad Winery will offer free wine tasting and cash bar with a percentage of sales going to the Telethon. Please email or call designerdoordecor@hotmail.com or 270.331.3897 for ticket information.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30: Ethan Allen Design Center’s Holiday Designer Tree

Center at WKCTC. 270-354-3212 or artsinfocus.org

THROUGH NOVEMBER 3:

Denise Stewart-Sanabria and Christine Wuenschel Exhibition. Yeiser Art Center. 270-442-2453 or theyeiser.org Second Saturdays Gallery Walk . Visit Lowertown’s great galleries and studios on the second Saturday. 12PM – 8 PM.

Showcase. Featuring local designers’ trees & dÊcor. 5-7PM. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. RSVP: 270-441-4005.

Apprenticeship for Artists. Ages 13+. Ongoing. Paducah Parks Department. 444-8508.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8: Jingle Bell Run/Walk – 5K for Arthritis and Youth Run. Noble Park. 9 AM, 5K; 10 AM, Youth Run. Register online at www.jinglebellrunpaducah.kintera.org or www.arthritis.org For more information: 270-744-3701.

Private Lessons and Glass Art Windows, Aire Castle Stained Glass Art Studio, 435 Salem Chapel Rd. North, Benton KY. Limit 2 Students per class, schedule is set according to student availability,. Copper Foil & Solder method or Came Method For more, 270-354-5004 or www.airecastle.com/stained-glass .

Art Galleries, Exhibitions & Museums:

Glass Artisan Guild. Meets in Murray and is open to all. For information, contact Judi Little at 270-436-5132 or visit www.artisanglassguild.com. Meets the 2ND TUE AT 6PM- Usually at the Murray Transit Center- but we also meet in members studios for special projects and demonstrations.

OCTOBER 18-20: National Quilt Museum Workshop - Diane Gaudynski: A New Tradition in Quilting. www.quiltmuseum.org

THROUGH OCTOBER 30: PAPA Gallery Fall Show. 10AM-5PM, daily. Free. 270-354-5277

Civil War Walking Tour. Paducah Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Using the map, drawn by hand in 1861, by a Federal Captain of occupying troops in Paducah, follow the path of historical markers to discover the city"s important role during the Civil War. Call 1-800-PADUCAH for more.

THROUGH NOVEMBER 3: Yeiser Art Center presents Denise Stewart-Sanabria and

Market @ 315. An array of original art forms. Quilts, Paintings, Turned Wood, Bead Art, Fiber Arts, and much more! All to your "Arts Desire"! 442-6151.

OCTOBER 25 Clemens Gallery Opening Reception. Paducah School of Art National Ceramics Invitational. 5PM. Free. 270-534-3212. Exhibit open through NOVEMBER 15. or www.thepapagallery.com

Christine Wuenschel Exhibition. 270-442-2453. www.theyeiser.org

National Quilt Museum. 215 Jefferson Street. For more, call 442-8856. www.nationalquiltmuseum.org. Scheduled school groups of 10 or more are free. The museum offers guided tours to pre-registered groups. Please schedule your group at least two weeks in advance. Lowertown Gallery information available at www.paducaharts.com. Paducah Railroad Museum – 201 Washington St. Fri. 1 - 4 by appt. $3 Adults, $1 Children. Donations. 270-519-7377

PM, Sat. 10 AM -4 PM or

PAPA Gallery. Works by 100 local artists. 124 Broadway. Mon. - Fri. 10 – 4PM. FREE. 575-3544. www.thepapagallery.com The Right Angle Gallery. Mon-Fri 9-5 Sat 10-3. 4645 Village Square Dr. River Discovery Center – 117 S. Water Street. Monday – Saturday 9:30 AM – 5 PM. Sunday 1 – 5 PM . $7 adults, $5 children (ages 3 - 12), $6 seniors 60 and over. 270575-9958. www.riverdiscoverycenter.org Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum - 631 Kentucky Ave. Interpreting Paducah's & Western KY's roles in the Civil War. Fri/Sat Noon to 4PM; 10AM-4PM when riverboats in port; group tours by appt. Adults $3/child 6-12 $1/under 6 free 575-5477.

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The William Clark Market House Museum – 121 Market House Square. Mon – Sat 12 – 4 PM. $3 ages 12 and up, $1 ages 6 – 11, 443-7759 Whitehaven Welcome Center – I-24, exit 7. Tours 1 – 4 PM daily, Tours every half hour, daily 1:30 – 4 PM. FREE. 554-2077.

Don’t miss out on spending time with family and friends with the help of our personalized programs.

Religious Services & Meetings: Amazing Grace Lutheran Church - 270-554-5256 or 270-443-7787 amazinggracelutheranpaducah.org unbridledword@yahoo.com Meets at House of Hope, 2025 Clarkline Road SUNDAY Service: 10 AM

270.665.5681 • LCCA.COM 252 West 5th St.; La Center, KY 42056 

Joint Commission accredited

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

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


Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church - 270-876-7239 www.bethelcpchurch.org “Come Grow With Us”

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

Broadway Baptist Church 2435 Broadway Pastor: Brother Steve Gorham; Sunday School, 10 AM; Sunday worship, 11AM; Sunday evening, 6 PM; Wednesday worship, 7 PM

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

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

Broadway United Methodist Church - 443-2401 www.bumc-paducah.org

SUNDAY: Fellowship Time 9 AM. Youth & Adult Sunday School for all ages - 9:30 AM. Worship 10:30 AM Youth group (grades 6-12) – 6 PM.Youth Activities, Sunday 6 PM. SELECTED FRIDAY NIGHTS: Parent’s Night Out. Safe, reliable babysitting available for special event or dinner out. Contact the Mother’s Day Out department at 443-2401 WEDNESDAY Evening Meals. $5 for adults and $3 for children. Reservations

are necessary. Food served from 5:30 – 6:15 PM. Programs begin at 6:15 PM. Mother's Day Out- Children 3 months -5 years meets Tuesday and Thursdays

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - Benton www.fccdcbentonky.org 527-8560 - 2515 S Main Street Facebook: First Christian Church Disciples of Christ Benton Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/RevTim1000?feature=mhee SUNDAY: Church school 9:45 AM, Worship: 10:45 AM • WEDNESDAY: Youth night 5:30-7 PM • MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY: Men's exercise group: 9-10 AM

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Paducah, Ky 270443-8251 • 415 Audobon Drive Paducah, KY www.fccpaducah.org SUNDAY: Sunday School 9:30 AM, Bell Choir Practice 9:30 AM, Traditional Worship 10:45 AM, Childrens’ Church 3-6 year olds 10:45 AM, Kids GroupPreschool through 5th Grade 4:00 PM, Contemporary Worship 5:30 PM, Youth Groups 6th through 12th Grades 6:30 PM.

First Presbyterian Church - 442-3545

SUNDAY: Church School 9:30 AM; Worship 10:45 AM; Youth Choir (6TH - 12TH grades), 4:30 PM, Youth Group 5:30 - 7 PM, Handbells, 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Children's Choir & activities 4 - 5:45 PM; Adult Choir 7 PM

Fountain Avenue United Methodist - 443-1724

SUNDAY: Fellowship, 9 AM; Sunday School for all ages, 9:45 AM; Worship and Children’s Church (ages 4-9), 10:45 AM. Communion service first Sunday of each month. Nursery provided for birth - age 3. MONDAY/THURSDAY: Quilting Group, 9:30 AM WEDNESDAY: Church Dinner, 5:30 PM ($5/ call for reservation by Tuesday Noon); Program and youth activities, 6 PM; Choir, 6:30 PM. SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY, "Revelation Is Not the End of the World." 4 PM

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

Four Rivers Covenant Church – 270-444-6598 or 1-866-733-7245

Counseling Services: New Directions Counseling for stress, sadness, abuse; office hours by appointment, call 270-217-2753; First Step Addiction Counseling Ministry, call 270-408-1489. Choirs available for all ages. Gospel & Chancel Choirs for adults; Gloria Choir for children grades 3-5; Melody Choir for children K-2 and Alpha Choir for children ages 3-pre K. Adult HandBells- Fellowship Ringers. Call 443-2401 ext. 205 for more information about music opportunities at Broadway UMC. Brooks Pool - 443-1778 - Brooks Pool is open to the community for Year-

Paducah Campus: 1200 Broadway • Lakes Campus: 109 Main Street, Calvert City SUNDAY: Worship- 9:30 & 11:00AM

Round Swimming in our indoor heated pool. Swim lessons and lifeguard certification are available. Pool Rental for private parties. Contact 443-1778. Swim lessons and Parent & Me Classes are available.Water Aerobics: MONDAY – FRIDAY 10 AM MONDAY – THURSDAY: Open Swim. 5 - 7 PM. Water Aerobics: MONDAY - THURSDAY. 5:15 PM.

Friendship Baptist Church of Paducah - 534-1900 SUNDAY: Sunday School 9:00 AM, Morning Worship 10:15 Worship 6:00 PM. WEDNESDAY: Evening Worship 6:00 PM.

AM,

Evening

Grace Church, Int’l - 442-8949 www.gracechurchint.org

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

Central Church of Christ – 270-442-1017

2201 Washington Street: SUNDAY: Bible Study Classes for all ages 9:30 AM, Morning worship 10:30 AM, Evening worship 6:00 PM WEDNESDAY: Bible Study classes for all ages 7:00 PM EVERY TUESDAY: Ladies' Bible Class, 1 - 2 PM last SATURDAYS: "Dorcas Day" Clothing Give-Away 9 AM-Noon (except for Oct, Nov, and Dec)

Christ Chapel E.M.C.

Pastor Dr. Tom Hiter. Traditional Anglican--1928 BCP. SUNDAYS 8:30 AM, "The Lighthouse" floating Chapel on Kentucky Lake (moored at Southern Komfort Marina). WEDNESDAYS 7:00 PM, Hiter Chapel in Fairdealing. Call for directions 270-354-9132.

Community Fellowship Baptist Church - 270-856-4463 Off of Hwy 45 in Hickory, Ky SUNDAY at 9:45 AM for Sunday School • Worship 11:00 AM WEDNESDAY Night Service 6:30 PM • Sunday Night Small Groups 6:00 PM

Concord United Methodist Church - (church) 443-2629 www.concordpad.com

SUNDAY Worship Times - 8:15 AM, 10:30 AM & 6 PM; Coffee/Donuts/ Fellowship – 9 AM. Sunday School - 9:30 AM Tuesday - 6:30 PM - WISE Bible Study for women WEDNESDAY Fellowship Meal- 5:15 PM (call to make reservations); B.L.A.S.T. for Kids,Youth Meeting & Adult Bible Study 6 PM THURSDAY- Men's Prayer Breakfast – 8 AM The Prayer Room is open to the public Monday - Friday 9 AM - 4 PM • Plus Homemakers, Scouts, Blood Drives and other Occasional Events. Child care is Provided in the Nursery during Sunday Morning Services

Concord West Church of Christ-270-744-8440

4715 Mayfield Metropolis Road SUNDAY Bible Study 9:00AM, Worship 10:00AM, Evening Worship 6:00 PM WEDNESDAY Bible Study 7:00 PM

First Baptist Church, Paducah - 442-2728 www.fbcpaducah.org

SUNDAY: Early Morning Service, 8:30 AM; Bible Study, 9:50 AM; Late Morning Service, 11 AM WEDNESDAY: Prayer Meeting, 6 PM; Adult Choir Rehearsal, 7 PM.

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Jesus Christ Little House of Prayer - 898-9875

eventscalendar Grace Bible Church - 554-0808

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

Harmony Baptist Church – 270-488-3115

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

Heartland Worship Center - 534-1400

SUNDAY: Sunday School - . 8, 9:15, 10:45 AM; Sunday Services – 9:30, 10:45 AM & 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Evening Service – 6 PM; Children’s activities - 6:15 PM; Middle/High School, 6-8 PM.; DivorceCare, 6:30 PM. The Landing: FRIDAYS at 6:45 PM. a year-long program that helps teenagers struggling with hurts, hang-ups and habits travel the path to freedom, healing and wholeness. FREE. Dinner served at 6:15 PM for $3.

Highland Cumberland Presbyterian Church – 554-3572

SUNDAY: Sunday School - 9:45 AM, Worship -10:45 AM, Youth and Evening Worship 6 PM. WEDNESDAY: Evening meal- 5:15 PM, Youth- 5:30 PM, Bible Study- 6PM, Adult Choir- 7PM.

Hillcrest Baptist Church - 270-217-2796

SUNDAY: Sunday School 9 AM, Services 10 AM and 5 PM. Mothers Day Out: WEDNESDAY 9AM - 2:30 PM. Hillcrest Preschool, MONDAY - FRIDAY

House of Hope Ministries, 270-933-1069 www.hohmin.org, Pastor Michael Pryor

SUNDAY: Morning Worship 10 AM. Evening Worship 6 PM. THURSDAY: Evening Service. 6:30 PM.

Living Word Pentecostal Church - 575-3477

SUNDAY: Morning Sunday School/Worshi- 10 AM. Evening Worship - 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Bible Study - 7 PM Bus Ministry: 270-564-5706 or 270-210-9086

Lone Oak Church of Christ - 554-2511 www.loneoakchurchofchrist.com SUNDAY: Worship 9

AM, Sunday School 15 minutes after end of worship, Evening Service 6 PM. WEDNESDAY: Bible Study 7 PM

Lone Oak First Baptist Church – 554-1441 www.loneoakfbc.org

SUNDAY: Adult Sunday School, 7:30 AM; Morning Worship – 8:30 AM, 9:35 AM, & 11 AM; Sunday School – 8:30 AM & 9:45 AM; Evening Worship – 7 PM

WEDNESDAY: Children’s Mission Groups & Preteen Group– 5:45

PM; Youth– 6PM; Children’s Choirs & Prayer Meeting– 6:30 PM Adult Choir & Orchestra Rehearsal – 7:15 PM

Lone Oak United Methodist Church - 270-554-1272 www.loneoakumcpaducah.org

SUNDAY: Sunday School: 9 AM, Sonrise Servise 8 AM, Celebration Service Worship 10:15 AM, Youth Group 5 PM WEDNESDAY: Church Dinner 5:30 PM, Bible Study 6 PM, Bell Choir 6 PM, Chancel Choir 7 PM

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

SUNDAY SCHEDULE: Sunday School - 9 Communion 1st and 3rd Sundays)

AM,

Worship Service 10

AM.

(Holy

SUNDAY - 9:30 – 10:15 AM, Purpose Driven Life Class and Sunday School; 11 AM, Worship Service WEDNESDAY – 6:30 – 7:15 PM, Midweek Fill-up Service

Margaret Hank Memorial Cumberland Presbyterian Church - 443-3689 www.margarethank.org

Immanuel Baptist Church - 443-5306 www.immanuel-paducah.org

McKendree United Methodist Church - 488-3770 or 488-2444. SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9 AM Worship, 10:30 AM Youth and

SUNDAY: Worship Services-10:45 AM. Sunday School, 9:30 AM with classes for all ages. WEDNESDAY: Worship Services 4:30 PM MIE for children K-5, 5:30 PM JourneyKidz for Preschoolers, 6:00 PM Prayer Meeting

SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9:30 AM; Worship, 10:30 AM; Evening service, 6 PM

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

Milburn Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian - 488-2588

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

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

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

Mt. Zion Baptist Church - 554-0518 www.mtzionpaducah.org

SUNDAY: Sunday school, 9 AM; Worship, 10 AM & 6:30 PM WEDNESDAY: Prayer Meeting & Bible Study, 6:30 PM.

New City Fellowship –270-816-3053 www.ncfpaducah.com, Pastor Ismael Gurrola

SUNDAY: Worship: 10 AM at Paducah’s Sportsplex Life Groups throughout the weekdays

New Covenant Fellowship of Reidland – 898-9664 SUNDAY: Worship Service 10:30 AM

New Geneva Community Church--Paducah – 443-8866 www.ngccarp.org

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

New Harvest Church of God www.newharvestchurchpaducah.com

SUNDAY: Morning Worship and Children's Church (Age 11 & under), 10:30 AM; Evening Camp Meeting, 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Bible Study, 7PM For Youth Information: The River Youth Ministries. Contact Melanie Rogers, (270) 978-1761 or email: melattheriver@yahoo.com

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New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church- 554-0473 www.newhopecpchurch.org

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

newhopecpchurch@hotmail.com • Pastor: Jeff Biggs Youth Pastor: Drew Gray Sunday School 9:30 AM Worship 10:30 a.m., Sunday Evening Youth & Worship 6:00 p.m., Wednesday Evening Youth & KFC (KIDS FOR CHRIST) 6:00 PM Adult Prayer Meeting 7:00 PM Monday Night Females- 2ND MONDAY OF THE MONTH

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Grand Rivers, KY 270-362-2171, http://stpiusx.us • Pastor Father Anthoni Ottagan

Oaklawn Baptist Church – 442-1513 www.oaklawnbaptistky.org

Southland Baptist Temple - 270-444-9678 www.southlandbaptisttemple.com

Mass Times: WEDNESDAY 9 AM, FRIDAY at 9 AM, SUNDAY 6 PM

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

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

Olivet Baptist Church - 442-3267 email: office@obcpaducah.org

AWANA (2 - 6th grade), The Light (7th - 12th grade); 6:45 PM Adult Bible Classes

AM

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

PM

Evening Service,

WEDNESDAY: 10 AM - 3 PM Mission Room Open; 4:30 - 6 PM Evening Meal; 6:30 - 8 PM

St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church - 442-1923 www.stfrancisdesalespaducah.org - Mass Schedule: MONDAY

SUNDAY: 9 AM - Sunday School; 10 AM - Morning Worship, Kids Worship Time (ages 3 to K); 5:45 PM – Awana For Kids (ages 2 to 6th grade); 6:00 PM – Evening Worship; WEDNESDAY: 6:30 PM – Bible Studies for ages 2 through Adult

–FRIDAY: 12:05 PM SATURDAY: 5 PM; SUNDAY: 8:30 at 11

Open Door Baptist Church - 443-6522 www.theopendoorbaptistchurch.com 227 Farley Place, Paducah,

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church – 554-3810. www.stjohn-theevangelist.org

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

Mass Schedule: TUESDAY – SATURDAY: 7:30 AM

Palestine Methodist Church Bible School - 270-559-1233 Ogden Landing Road, West Paducah, KY

The Lutheran Hour, Christian outreach radio program can be heard locally on WNGO 1320-AM and WKYX 570-AM each Sunday at 6PM Sponsored by St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church – 422-1000 1110 N. 14th Street, Paducah

SUNDAY: Explorer Hour: 9:30 AM; Worship 11AM, 1st Sunday: Lord Supper 6PM, 1ST & 3RD MONDAY: Women’s Fellowship 6 PM, 3RD MONDAY: Brotherhood 6 PM, WEDNESDAY: Prayer/Bible Study 6 PM, 1ST WEDNESDAY: Youth Bible Study 6 PM

The Potter's House Baptist Worship Center -270-928-9905 www.pottershousebwc.com

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

St. Matthew Lutheran Church – 442-8294 SUNDAY: 9:30 AM, Worship

St. Paul Lutheran Church - 442-8343

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

St. Pius X Catholic Church, Calvert City – 270-395-4727 www.stpiusx.us Pastor: Father Anthoni Ottagan Mass Times: TUES: 6 PM. WED – FRI: 8 AM. SAT: 4:30 PM. SUN: 10 AM.

St. Thomas More Catholic Church - 534-9000 www.stmore.org

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

Reidland Baptist Church – 898-6243 rbaptist@bellsouth.net • www.reidlandbaptistchurch.org

SUNDAY: 9:00AM Sunday School (classes for all ages), Morning Worship Service 10:10AM-11:30 AM; Children's Church (ages 4 to 3rd grade); 5:30 - 7 PM. Choir practice, Youth and children's programs and recreation; 6 - 7 PM Adult Bible Study. WEDNESDAY: 5-5:45 Evening Meal; 6-7: 45 PM, TeamKID: Ages 3 – 6th Grade; Youth Group; 6-7:45 PM, Nursery provided for all services and Sunday school. Adult Life University Classes; Prayer Service: 6:30 - 7:45 PM. TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS: 9:30 AM – 2 PM, Mother’s Day Out Program. Ages 1-4.

Reidland Christian Church – 898-3904 www.reidlandchristian.org

SUNDAY: 9:30 AM Sunday school; 10:30 AM Worship; 6 PM Bible study WEDNESDAY: 6 PM Family Meal; 7 PM Bible study for children/adults .

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

SATURDAY: Sabbath School, 9:30 AM; Worship Service, 11 AM. A FREE delicious vegetarian fellowship meal is served 1st Sabbath of each month following worship service. WEDNESDAY: Prayer Meeting, 6:30 PM.

Reidland United Methodist Faithweaver Friends, preschool - 6th grade. Wednesdays: 5:15 - 7:30 PM. Free dinner & fun, interactive bible discussions for kids. For more, call 270-217-0400.

Rosary Chapel Catholic Church - 444-6383 Rosary@bellsouth.net

Mass Schedule: TUESDAY AND FRIDAY, 5:30 PM; SUNDAY, 10:30 AM 2nd Friday Fish Fry. 711 Ohio Street. Fish, Spaghetti, beans, slaw, drink, and one dessert for a $10 donation to Rosary Chapel. Serve from 4:30-6:30 PM. Carry outs are available.

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West End Baptist Church - 443-1043

eventscalendar Mass Schedule: MONDAY & THURSDAY: 6 PM • TUESDAY & FRIDAY: 7 AM

SATURDAY: 5:30 PM • SUNDAY: 9 & 11 AM (3 PM En Español) Nursery available at all services. • WEDNESDAY: Mother’s Day Out • THURSDAY: Moms Group Playgroup 4TH MONDAY EVENING: Active MOMS group Active couples

SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9:30 AM; Worship Service, 10:45 AM; Evening Worship, 6 PM. WEDNESDAY: Fellowship Meal 5:30 PM - Reservations required. Call church office by noon Tuesday. Children/Youth Bible Study and Adult Prayer Service: 6:30 PM

Westminster Presbyterian Church - 443-2919

Rev. Sharon Murray -www.westminsterpresbyterianpaducah.org

group. Call 534-9000 for more information.

SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9 AM; Worship, 10:15 AM Free childcare available; Women's Circle Bible Study, 2ND MONDAY OF THE MONTH at 6:30 PM.

Temple Israel - 442-4104 www.templeisrael.us

On-Going Community Events & Notices:

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

Trinity United Methodist Church - 534-9516 http://www.facebook.com/TUMCPaducah

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

Grade) 5-6:45PM Youth (6th-12 grade): 5:30-6:45PM, Choir: 6-7PM

Doll Adoption Center at Learning Railroad. Kids fall in love with their own baby doll and go through an adoption process and check up. Open Monday - Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM. 2695 Jackson Street. For more, call 270-444-9986 or visit www.thelearningrailroad.com.

Twelve Oaks Baptist Church - 554-4634

MONDAY - SUNDAY: Nemo Feedings. Yaya's Island, Jordan Crossing Plaza. 1 PM.

SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9:30AM;Worship 10:30AM; TUESDAY: Women's Bible Study 9-11AM (TUMC) & 6:00-8:00PM (offsite) WEDNESDAY: Awana (2yr old- 5th

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

United Central Presbyterian Church – 442-6414

www.unitedcentralpres.org info@unitedcentralpres.org Sunday School 9:45 AM, Sunday Worship 10:45 AM, Nursery provided, service ASL interpreted.

United Church of Paducah – 442-3722. www.uccpaducah.org

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

Waldo Baptist Church - 618-564-2180 waldobaptist.org

SUNDAY: Bible Study, 9 AM; Morning Worship Service, 10 AM; Evening Worship Service, 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Fellowship Meal Ministry, 5:30 PM; Mid-Week Service, 7 PM

270-408-9292. Weekly special on cruises and all-inclusive trips with air from Fun Vacations Plus. Call 270-408-1284 or visit them on the web at www.funvacationsplus.com.

MONDAY - SATURDAY. GPS Recycle Now Collections. Recycling facility, 1830 N 8 Street. Open: Monday – Wednesday and Friday 7 AM – 4:30 PM; Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 AM to 6 PM, Saturday 8 AM - Noon. Large totes in the front of the center will be available in the evening for after hours drop off. For a listing of what you can bring, visit www.recyclenowpaducah.com. Volunteers welcome. A group for those in the Paducah area wanting to get involved in recycling. For questions, email recyclenow.info@gmail.com. Kentucky Grandparents who are primary caregivers may be eligible for state assistance. Call the Purchase Area DeveloPMent District for more information at 877-352-5183. Feeding the Hungry - Community Ministries, 1200 Jefferson Street. Volunteers (age 14 and older) are always needed to help serve free lunches to anyone who's hungry. Shifts available from 9:45 AM - 1:15 PM, Monday - Friday. Financial support also much welcomed! For more info, call Sally Michelson, 519-9233. Civil Air Patrol - National Guard Armory, 8000 Hinkleville Road, , Tuesdays, 6 8:30 PM. Offering lessons in aviation and aerospace principles, along with teamwork and leadership training. Members often participate in rescue and disaster relief missions. $34 per year for youth; $61 for adults. For more info, call 270-3311750 or email kycap201@calldialog.net. FREE GED Classes.WKCTC, 8:00 AM -4:30 PM at Anderson Technical Building & 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM at KY Oaks Mall. To register, call 270-534-3451. Fridays through June 20: Take a FREE official practice test at the Anderson Technical Building. Tests start at 8:30 AM. You can also take the GED FREE. Call to schedule a time. FREE GED CLASSES - Livingston County Adult and Family Learning Center 306 Wilson Ave. Smithland, KY Also offering free computer classes, math classes, reading classes, and ESL. For more info call 928-2168 Neighbors Unifying Ballard County: MEETS THE 1ST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH, 7 PM, at the Ballard County Extension Office, 110 Broadway, LaCenter. UNBC is a non-profit charitable organization established for the betterment of the community and county. Anyone interested in participating in community improvement is welcome. For more information, contact Elaine Jarvis, president at 270-665-5057. Find us on Facebook. Ballard-Carlisle County Historical and Genealogy Society: MEETS THE FOURTH MONDAY OF EACH MONTH, 6:00 PM, at the Ballard-Carlisle Historical and Genealogy Society Building, 257 4th Street in Wickliffe, KY. Everyone is welcome to attend. The Society is open Fridays, 9 AM until 4 PM. For more information contact, Murray Akers, 270-628-3203. Ballard County Cemetery Boad: Meets the first Thursday of each month, 4:30 PM, at Ballard County Extension Office, 110 Broadway in LaCenter, KY. Created by the Ballard County Fiscal Court to preseve our old family cemeteries. Contact Betty Johnson, chairman, at 270-210-3538. Like us on Facebook. Maiden Alley Cinema plays unique movies you won't see anywhere else in the region! They also host special events and art shows. Go online to maidenalleycinema.com for what's playing this week. Marcella's Kitchen. Draffenville Lions Club, 262 Griggstown Road. Open: Monday Friday, 11 AM - 1 PM. FREE meals served. For more, call Grace Forte at 270-205-0223.

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TUESDAYS: Two for One Studio Fee. The Clay Chameleon, 4793 Village Square Drive. 10

Paducah Cooperative Ministry. 402 Legion Drive. Provides emergency food pantry assistance, financial assistance for rent evictions, utility disconnections, prescription medications, and stranded traveler needs. Limited to McCracken County residents. Open Monday – Friday, 9 AM – noon and 1 – 4 PM. Call 270-442-6795.

TUESDAYS: Kids Eat Free & Craft Night. McAlister's Deli, 5021 Hinkleville Road.

The Christian Art Center, a member of Christians in the Visual Arts (www.civa.org) invites you to volunteer to "Serve God Through the Arts". Extra help needed on the Second Saturday of each month for special events. No art experience needed. Contact Gretchen Smith, (270) 243-0444 or tallartist@hotmail.com

SECOND TUESDAYS: Zonta Club of Paducah, 6:00 PM. Whaler’s Catch, 123 N. Second Street. Advancing the status of women world wide through service and advocacy. For more information, email President Lisa Hoppmann, lghoppmann@aol.com or call 270-366-6183

St. Nicholas Free Family Clinic desperately needs pharmacists to fill prescriptions in the evenings. For information, email Anita Spurlock at anitasplk@bellsouth.net or call 575-3247.

TUESDAYS: WKCTC Community Chorus. Clemens Fine Arts Building, Room 109 on the campus. 7 - 9 PM. Participation is FREE and anyone who loves choral singing is welcome to join. Contact Norman Wurgler at 270-534-3219. or by email at norman.wurgler@kctcs.edu.

Bluegrass Downs - Harness Racetrack and Simulcast Outlet - Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 10 PM; Sunday close at 7:30 PM, Concessions and Bar open daily. (270) 444-7117 Cat, dog, and small animal adoptions, All God’s Creatures Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Adoption Center, 595 Richmond Rd, Simpson IL, 1-618-9679601 or 1-618-695-2654.

AM - 7 PM For more, call 270-442-1112. www.claychameleon.com. Come paint with a friend.

WEDNESDAYS: Knitting, Crochet, and More.Downtown Coffee Bar, 426 Broadway. 2 PM. Join the crew with your latest knitting, crocheting or other project. 444-0044. WEDNESDAYS: One on One at One - Computers with Brian Medlin at McCracken County Library. 1:00 PM.

Cat, dog adoptions, Project Hope “No Kill” Humane Society, 1698 W 10th St, Metropolis IL, 1-618-524-8939.

WEDNESDAYS AND SUNDAYS: Shark Feeding. Yaya's Island, Jordan Crossing Plaza. 1:30 PM. For more, call 270-408-9292.

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

THURSDAYS: Story Hour. Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis Street. 11 AM. For more, call 618-524-4312.

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

THURSDAYS: E-Reader classes led by Patrick Archer at McCracken County Public Library.

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

SECOND MONDAYS: American Disaster Action Team (DAT) monthly meetings. 6:30 PM. Chapter building. 442-3575. SECOND AND FOURTH MONDAYS: West Kentucky Christian Alliance meeting, McCracken County Library. 6:00 PM. This group’s purpose is to speak up about our loss of Christian values, and to further evangelism in these troublesome time.s For information, call 270-994-3230. FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH: Knitting Club. McCracken County Extension

THURSDAY NIGHTS AT 6PM Spring Hill Singles Ministry - Offering adult singles bible study at Ledbetter UMC. Join us for fun fellowship while learning about real issues that singles face. Childcare provided, and single parents are welcome. Our singles Bible study will start Thursday, 1-5-2012. For the most updated information, like us on Facebook as Spring Hill Ministries Paducah. You can also email springhillministries@hotmail.com. THURSDAYS: Charitable Bingo. Ballard County Board of Education, 264 E Kentucky Drive, Barlow, KY. For more information, call 270-665-9844. THURSDAYS: Overeaters Anonymous. 1:30 PM (extra meeting time to add) Christ United Methodist Church Recreation Hall. 1322 West Broadway, Mayfield, KY. 270-247-7414

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

THIRD MONDAY OF EACH MONTH - Book Club. Downtown Coffee Bar, 426 Broadway. 10AM. Everyone is welcome to join our book club to discuss the book of the month. Call to find out what we're reading, 270-444-0044 SECOND THURSDAYS OF THE MONTH: Matters of Life Forum. McCracken Co. Senior Center Activities Room. 11 AM. We will discuss many topics such as ethical wills, passing on important values and bereavement support. For more, contact nancy.wallace@uky.edu TUESDAYs: Story time at McCracken County Public Library. 10 AM and 1 PM. FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH. L.I.F.E. Community Marriage Enrichment. 6 – 7 PM. Married couples are invited to these sessions to discuss issues that hinder marriage and how to overcome them. FREE. Contact 575-3823. MONDAY - SUNDAY: Nemo Feedings. Yaya's Island, Jordan Crossing Plaza. 1 270-408-9292.

PM.

SUNDAYS: Family and Community Kitchen Meals/Fellowship. Noon - 1:00 PM at Broadway UMC (443-2401). 3 - 4:30 PM at St. Luke Aldersgate UMC (4428621). Free meal. No questions asked. MONDAY: River City Singles – Monday Evening Dance, Carroll Convention Center, 7–11 PM. $6. MONDAYS: Introduction to Social Ballroom Dancing. Paducah Dance Academy. 6 PM.

WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS: Workforce Computer Classes. . McCracken County Public Library Teen Tech Lab. Wednesdays 1 PM.. “1 on 1 at 1” Basic Computing Class. Fridays 3 PM, Job Search and Resume. For more, call 270-442-2510. MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY: Workforce Computer Classes. McCracken County Public Library Teen Tech Lab. 1 PM. Monday is "Basic Computing,” Wednesday is “Building a Resume,” Friday is “Searching for a Job Online.” For more, call 270-442-2510.

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eventscalendar THURSDAYS: Board Games at the Library. Second floor, Youth Services at McCracken County Public Library. 5 - 8 PM. FREE. Socialize with other youth and teens. Come play a board game. Call 270-442-2510, ext. 122. THURSDAY: Night Moves Dance Club –American Legion, 425 Legion Drive. 6 9 PM, line dancing and couple's classes. $4 at the door. For more, call 442-3186. FRIDAYS: Paducah Writer's Group. Hear some of the area's most talented poets and storytellers, along with a great audience. Come on down and drop some science on the mic – or just kick back and listen with a fine cup of joe. Etcetera Coffeehouse. 8 PM. FRIDAYS: Adult Ballroom Dance Party. 8 – 10 PM. $7 cover charge. Drinks & refreshments included. Open to the public. Ruth Johnson School of Dance, 1702 Broadway. Call 442-8321

FRIDAYS: Friday Night Racing at Paducah International Raceway. 7:00 PM. 4445 Shemwell Lane, Paducah. www.paducahracing.net LAST WEEKDAYS OF EACH MONTH: PATS Free Ride. Paducah Area Transit System invites us to ride free on any fixed route (nine in total) . 6 AM – 6 PM. Regular fare $.75, $.50 for 55 and over. paducahtransit.com.

SATURDAYS: Family Movie Entertainment. Traders Mall, theatre. 2 PM matinee, 7 PM evening show. Concessions available, games before the show. For more, call Michael Vancura at 270-994-3686.

Kids & Their Families: School Notes: FRIDAY MORNINGS MONTHLY: Toddler Time (for 2 and 3 year olds) is an opportunity for Graves County children to begin to become familiar with school so that when the time comes, the transition is very natural. Children are able to explore, play

with new toys and meet other children. We include in our sessions times of singing, playing, arts, crafts, coloring, and snack time. While the toddlers are having fun mom, dad, grandparents, aunts, and uncles are learning creative ways to actively engage with their children. For more information, contact Jennifer Morris, 270-328-4868. The McCracken County Preschool Head Start office is now accepting appointments to register for the 2012-13 school year. Children must be 3 or 4 years old on or before October 1, 2012 and they must be income eligible or exhibit a developmental delay. Children also must reside in the McCracken County School District. Please call the McCracken County Head Start office at 270-538-4041 to make an appointment. Early Head Start applications will also be taken at this time. Transportation for preschool is provided by McCracken County School system. Sorry, no transportation is provided for Early Head Start.

OCTOBER 1-5: Fall Break. Paducah City Schools. McCracken County Schools. Marshall County Schools. Graves County Schools.

OCTOBER 1-8: Fall Break. Ballard County Schools. Carlisle County Schools. OCTOBER 8-12: Fall Break. Calloway County Schools. Murray City Schools. OCTOBER 10-12: Fall Break. Livingston County Schools.

Camps, Classes & Education OCTOBER 1-5: Fall Break Camp.Paducah Parks Department. $75/week. 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. Anna Baumer Bldg. Noble Park. To register: 270-444-8508 or www.paducahky.gov.

OCTOBER 4, 11, 18 & 25: Beginning Floral Design. Four sessions, $85. Emerging Technology Center on the WKCTC campus. 5-8 PM. Supplies for one arrangement, including the vase, will be furnished. Instructor Joyce M. Vasseur, artist, interior decorator & floral designer. Space is limited; early registration encouraged. To register, call WKCTC Workforce Solutions at (270) 534-3335. The Parks Services Department will be adding a wide range of art classes for a wide range of ages to its fall schedule. Classes include: Zanblingle Drawing Classes for Ages: 5+ years including adults on MONDAY OR THURSDAY Classical Drawing for Ages 9+ years including adults on TUESDAYS Pastels with Pizazz for ages 10+ years including adults on MONDAY OR THURSDAY Oil Painting: Still Life for ages 2+ years including adults on WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY Watercolor Secrets Painting for ages 12+ years including adults on TUESDAYS 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM After School Fine Arts for ages 5 – 13 years, MONDAY- FRIDAY, 3:30

PM – 5:30 PM

Movie Maker Kids for ages 5 – 14 years on TUESDAY OR THURSDAY

OCTOBER 1 (MONDAY): Stroke Support Group. Meeting Room A, Baptist Heart Center Conference Room , Western Baptist Hospital. 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM. This group provides support for stroke survivors and their caregivers, family and friends. Light refreshments are served. Contact Deb Welsh at 270-415-7697 to register.

CLASSES ON MONDAYS – THURSDAYS: Beginner group and advanced group piano classes (for ages 5-6, 6-7, 8-11) Harmony Road Music School, 2226 Broadway, Ste.2, Paducah, KY. Class sizes are limited and pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Amy Allen at (270) 444-3669 or to view a schedule, visit www.harmonyroadpaducah.com.

CLASSES ON MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, AND FRIDAYS: Preschool classes for parents and children ages 3 – 5 Harmony Road Music School, 2226 Broadway, Ste.2, Paducah, KY. For more information, contact Amy Allen at (270) 444-3669 or to view a schedule, visit www.harmonyroadpaducah.com. CLASSES ON MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, AND FRIDAYS: 6-week sessions for Parents and Toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years , or Parents and Babies ages birth to 18 months Harmony Road Music School, 2226 Broadway, Ste.2, KY. For more information, contact Amy Allen at (270) 444-3669 or to view a schedule, visit www.harmonyroadpaducah.com. Paducah Parks Services offers classes for children, teens, and adults. Classes include art lessons, martial arts, soccer, and dance. For details, call 270-444-8508 or visit paducahky.gov

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our basketball court! Concessions open. Find out more at www.plexsports.net

FOURTH THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH: Alzehimer’s Support Group. Paducah Care & Rehabilitation Center, 501 N. 3rd Street in Paducah. 4:30 PM. Call Felicia Williams or Katina Wilson at 270-444-9661 for additional information.

MONDAYS: Musical Fingers. (Classes for all children 4 and under.) Meet at

FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH: Stroke and Brain Injury Survivors Support

Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 10 AM. For more information, contact Lyz Hornbeak at 575-1858, 331-2987 or at philelz@att.net. www.themusicclass.com

Group, second floor conference room at Jackson Purchase Medical Pavilion. 11:00 AM – noon. Provides informaiotn, education and support to those who have experienced a stroke or brain injury. Please call 270-251-4121 for more information.

TUESDAYS: 2 for one studio fees. Clay Chameleon. 4793 Village Square Drive Paducah, (270) 442-1112

OCTOBER 1 (WEDNESDAY) AND OCTOBER 6 (SATURDAY): Prepared Childbirth Classes. Meeting Room A, Doctors Office Building 2, Western Baptist Hospital. 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Saturday. Free class designed to help expectant parents in their second or third trimester learn about the labor and delivery process. Call 270-575-2229 to register. OCTOBER 8 (MONDAY) AND OCTOBER 10 (WEDNESDAY). Diabetes Class. Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2, Western Baptist Hospital. 1:00 to 4:00 Free class with a certified diabetes instructor to assist with any question or concerns about diabetes. Call 270-575-2918 for more information. PM.

OCTOBER 9: Grandparenting Class. Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2, Western Baptist Hospital. 5-6 PM. Free. 270-575-2229 for more information.

OCTOBER 11 (THURSDAY): Relaxing from Within. Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2, Western Baptist Hospital. 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM. Free class designed to help expectant mothers become familiar with relaxation techniques. Participants are asked to bring a blanket, pillow and support person. Call 270-575-2229 for more information. OCT. 13 (SATURDAY) AND OCT. 22 (MONDAY): Breastfeeding Class. Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2, Western Baptist Hospital. 9:00 AM – 11:00 Saturday and 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Monday. Free class helps prepare expectant mothers for the breastfeeding experience. Call 270-575-2229 to register.

OCTOBER 16 & 23: Smart Beginnings Childbirth Class. For teen and non-traditional parents. Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2, Western Baptist Hospital. 2 sessions from 4-6 PM. 270-575-2229 to register.

TUESDAYS: Tot Soccer (for ages 2 and a half - 4). Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 5:15 PM. For more, visit www.plexsports.net.

TUESDAYS: PAWS (soccer for ages 4 - 8). Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 6 PM. Get some great coaching and play a few games. For more, visit www.plexsports.net. WEDNESDAYS: Musical Fingers. (Classes for all children 4 and under.) Meet at Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 5:30 PM. For more information, contact Lyz Hornbeak at 575-1858, 331-2987 or at philelz@att.net. www.themusicclass.com FRIDAYS: Family Education on Mental Illness. Western Baptist Hospital. 7 9:30 PM. Strategies to cope with the distress of mental illness in a loved one. AND how to take care of yourself during this hard time. For more, call Marcia or Paul Grant at 270-554-1915.

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

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

OCTOBER 22 (MONDAY): Sibling Class. Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2, Western Baptist Hospital. 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Free class helps prepare children ages 2 to 9 for the arrival of a new brother or sister. Call 270-575-2229 to register.

SECOND THURSDAYS Infant Care Class. Marshall Nemer Pavilion at Lourdes Hospital. Baby basics to assist parents with their first few weeks with baby. Call 270-444-2443. THIRD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH: Kidney Optios Education Class. Marshall Nemer Pavilion at Lourdes. 2 PM – 4 PM. Call 270-443-0217.

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

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

EVERY TUESDAY: Ashes Smoking Cessation Classes. Classroom 4, Lourdes Hospital. 5 PM. Call 270-444-2808. FOURTH THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH: Sibling Class. Rosenthal Room – 2nd floor, Marshall Nemer Pavision Lourdes. Prepares big brothers and big sisters under 5 for the new arrival. 6 PM – 8 PM. Call 270-444-2640 or 270-444-2243. 3 CONSECUTIVE MONDAYS IN EACH MONTH: Three week Childbirth Class. Borders Community Room, Marshall Nemer Paviilion at Lourdes. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, call for exact dates. 270-444-2243.

SECOND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH: Breastfeeding Class. Rosenthal Room – 2nd floor, Marshall Nemer Pavilion at Lourdes. 6 PM – 8 PM. Call 270-444-2243. MONDAYS: Preschool Playdate. Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 11

AM - 1 PM. Come play on inflatables, on the soccer field, even bring your tricycle to ride on

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MONDAY & WEDNESDAY: Jazzercise Classes. 33420 Lone Oak Road, Arch Towers - Suite L. 5:15 PM. Everyone welcome! For more, call 270-210-1044.

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MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS: Karate Kidz Prep Beginners (Ages 7-8), Future

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

MONDAY AND TUESDAY: Aikido.Paducah Parks. For more or to sign up, call 444-8508. MONDAY, TUESDAY AND THURSDAY. 7:00 PM. Western Kentucky Adult Volleyball Club has competitive games weekly. Play is co-ed on a men’s net and divided into A, B, C divisions as participation allows. Games/meetings focused on improving individual skills and team play. For more email wkvballclub@gmail.com MONDAY, THURSDAY & SATURDAY – Zumba With Tishaunda. Community of Christ

Kidz Beginners (Ages 5-6), Future Kidz Intermediates (Ages 5-6), Future Kidz Advanced (Ages 5-6), Karate Kidz Beginners (Ages 9-12), Dynamic Tae Kwon Do Beginners (Ages 13+), Black Belt Class, TurboKick Fitness (Ages 16+) 7PM. Hwang's Martial Arts. Call 908-6670 for enrollment information or email hwangsmartialart@bellsouth.net. www.hwang-martialarts.com

MONDAYS, TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS: Tiger Jiu-Jitsu (ages 5 - 9). Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy, 2343 New Holt Road. 5 - 5:50 PM. For more, email trmaa@bellsouth.net or call 270-554-4885. www.threeriversacademy.com. MONDAYS, TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS: Junior Jiu-Jitsu (ages 10 - 14). Three

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Rivers Martial Arts Academy, 2343 New Holt Road. 6 -6:50 PM. For more, email trmaa @bellsouth.net or call 270-554-4885. www.threeriversacademy.com.

TUESDAYS AND SATURDAYS at 12:30 pm and WEDNESDAYS at 6:30 pm. Zumba

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

Church, 718 Market Street, Metropolis, IL. 5:30 PM Monday and Thursday, 10:30 Saturday. $3 per class www.tishaunda.webs.com 618-638-4180

with Tishaunda. AMPA in Jordan's Crossing.$5 per class. www.tishaunda.webs.com or call 618.638.4180

MONDAY-FRIDAY: Crack of Dawn Bicycle Rides. 6 AM. Meet at Family Video beside Paducah Middle School, when pavement is dry and temperature is 40+ degrees. Pace set by who shows. For information, contact Torey or Hutch at Bike World, 270-442-0751 or email hutch@bikeworldky.com. MONDAY: Strength and Cardio Circuit Training. Curves, 3420 Park Avenue. Call

TUESDAYS: Hatha Yoga. Paducah Yoga Center. 5:30 PM. Pay what you can, donation based class for all levels, including beginners.

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

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

TUESDAY: Youth Running Club. Picnic Shelter #10 at Noble Park. FREE. Ages 5-15. 6-7 PM. 444-8508.

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

THURSDAYS: Kid’s Kickboxing (ages 5-14) Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy,

MONDAY – THURSDAY. Walking Club. Meet at Picnic Shelter 10 in Noble Park. M, W, 5 – 6 PM. Tu, Th, 12 – 1 PM. FREE.

MONDAY – FRIDAY: Afterschool Martial Arts Sessions. Hwang’s Martial Arts. School dismissal – 5:30 PM. During the school year. 908-6670 or email hwangsmartialart@bellsouth.net www.hwangs-martialarts.com

2343 New Holt Road. 5 PM – 6 PM. For more, email trmaa@bellsouth.net or call 270554-4885. www.threeriversacademy.com.

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS: Xtreme Martial Arts (Ages 8+), Karate Kidz Prep Intermediates/Advanced (Ages 7-8), Karate Kidz Intermediates/ Advanced (Ages 9-12), Dynamic Tae Kwon Do Intermediates/Advanced (Ages 13+), Adult Kickboxing (Ages 16+). Hwang's Martial Arts. Call 908-6670 for enrollment information or email hwangsmartialart@bellsouth.net. www.hwangmartialarts.com

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS: Group Training Run, West Kentucky Runners Club. Summer Hill Ct (off Friedman Lane between Pines Road and HW 60 in Paducah). 5 AM. 8 mile run.

THURSDAYS: Table Tennis. Ages 12+. Classroom 1, Paducah Parks. 5-6PM. $25. 444-8508. THURSDAYS: Drop in Doubles Clinic. Paul Rowton Indoor Tennis Center. 6:30 PM. Members $15, Nonmembers $19. 270-443-8363. FRIDAYS: Kingsway Skateland 6:30 10 PM. $6.

FRIDAY: Extreme Martial Arts classes 4:30 – 5:30PM. Future Kidz Makeup Class, 5PM; Lil' Dragons & Karate Kidz Prep Makeup Classes, 5:30; Karate Kidz Makeup Class, 6PM; Dynamic TKD Regular Class (13&Up), 6:30PM. Circuit Training. 6 PM.

Hwang’s Martial Arts. 908-6670. www.hwangs martialarts.com

SATURDAYS: Intro Kettlebell Class. Mike’s Kettlebell Club. 106 Broadway, Paducah. 9:00 AM. 270-554-8224. SATURDAYS: Tiger and Junior JiuJitsu (ages 5 - 14). Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy, 2343 New Holt

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Road. Noon - 1 PM. For more, email trmaa@bellsouth.net or call 270-554-4885. www.threeriversacademy.com.

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

SATURDAYS: Kingsway Skateland. 1 - 3 PM and 3 - 5 PM, . 10 - 11:30 AM (beginner's session), $4. SATURDAYS: Group Training Run, West Kentucky Runners Club. Meet at Rehab Associates, Berger Road. 5 AM. 4 mile run (up to 20 if training for marathon). SATURDAYS. Kingsway Skateland. 7:30 – 11

PM.

$6.50. . Skates: Quad, $1,

Speed/Inline $3.

SATURDAYS: Black Belts, 9AM; Hwang’s Martial Arts. 554-6667. hwangsmartialarts@bellsouth.net, www.hwangs-martialarts.com EVERY SATURDAY DURING FOOTBALL SEASON, BEGINNING SATURDAY, AUGUST 25TH from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. The Orthopaedic Institute of Western Kentucky will be providing Saturday walk-in clinic. You may visit the clinic at 4787 Alben Barkley Drive in Paducah, or call 270-442-9461.

On-Going Events for Seniors: FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH: Super Seniors at First Christian Church of Paducah. Call 270-443-8251 for information.

EVERY 3RD SATURDAY: Senior Citizens Social Dinner and games. McKendree United Methodist Church. 4:30 - 6PM. 488-3770. Residents at Trinity Village - Senior Family Home Care, 3910 Old US Hwy 45 South in Lone Oak. Invite you to a senior's get - together every FRIDAY (Please RSVP): Pot luck – 6 - 6:45PM. Bible Study 7 – 8 PM Contact Rene Sanchez-Chew, 554-7075. Senior Medicare Patrol – Senior Medicare Patrol: Eddie Jordan, project coordinator of the local Kentucky Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) provides information on your you can protect your self from Medicare errors, learn to detect potential fraud and abuse and to report errors or suspected fraud. He is available 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the Senior Center, 1400 HC Mathis Drive. For more information call 270-443-8993.

MONDAY - FRIDAY: Informal Coffee Group. Etcetera Coffeehouse, 6th Street and Kirchoff's Bakery locations. 9 AM.

MONDAY - FRIDAY: Hot Lunches - Paducah-McCracken Senior Citizens Center. 11:30 AM. Donation : $2. Must be 60 and over. 443-8579 MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY: Exercise Classes for Seniors - PaducahMcCracken County Senior Center. 10-11 AM. 443-8579 MONDAY - FRIDAY: Water Aerobics. Brooks Indoor Pool, Broadway United Methodist Church, 701 Broadway. 10 AM. $25 per month. Call 270-443-1778 for more info.

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

TUESDAYS: Beginning Crochet and Quilting. Senior Citizens Center. 1 PM, 2 PM. FREE. 443-8579 WEDNESDAYS: Introduction to Senior Fitness Simplified. Paducah Yoga Center. 11 AM - noon. $10/ session, $30/month, $35/month with Sunday Tai Chi. Call 270-210-1465 for more. 1ST AND 3RD THURSDAYS OF EVERY MONTH: FREE Serving Our Senior's Bingo. Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. 1:30 - 3 PM. Dessert and coffee served, enter at the Rehabilitation wing. To reserve a seat, call 270-443-6543. v

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Domestic Violence Information Session. McCracken County Courthouse, Family Court, Room “E”. 443-6071, ext. 5.

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Adoption/Foster Care:

Adoption Support for Kentucky (ASK) - Sponsoring support group for adoptive and prospective adoptive parents. The meetings are held the second Monday of each month at the Oasis Christian Center, 3232 Buckner Lane (home to Community Christian Academy Elementary School in Paducah, KY and the last Monday of each month at the Community Fellowship Baptist Church on Hwy 45 in Hickory (across from State Police Post One) in Mayfield, KY. Both meetings are held from 6 - 8 PM. All adoptive parents and those interested in adoption are welcome. Childcare is provided free of charge. For more information contact: Tammy DeBoe @ 270-994-2466 or tammydeboe@newwaveccomm.net or Kim Armistead @ 502-558-6846 or raka1214@yahoo.com.

The Purchase Area Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center. We provides fee services for both children and adult victims of sexual crimes. Our services include therapy, legal and medical advocacy, forensic interviews, child sexual abuse exams, consultation, assessment and referral services and education programs. Offices in Paducah, Mayfield and Murray reach all of the Purchase Area Region. Our 24 Hour crisis line number is 1-800-928-7273 and our office number is 270-928-4422. We welcome invitations to present preventive programs in schools, clubs, churches, and other groups. We need volunteers for our 24 hour crisis line and to meet victims at local emergency rooms. All volunteers undergo a criminal background check and central registry check. All are equipped with a 40 - hour training course. PASAC will accommodate your schedule. Join the team by calling 270-534-4422.

Children’s and Teen Groups:

NECCO Therapeutic Foster Care. NECCO Therapeutic Foster Care. Necco has been serving Western Kentucky's youth for more than a decade. To find out more about foster parenting, give us a call. Necco can introduce you to a child in need of a loving family and a safe place to call home. Benefits include training tailored to fit your schedule, 24 hour crisis intervention/support, access to on staff mental health professionals, ongoing monthly trainings with childcare and meals provided, respite, incentives, daily reimbursements paid twice monthly, case managers for every home, staff cell phone numbers, and unmatched foster parent support. For experience you can count on, call Necco toll free at 866-30NECCO (866-306-3226) or 270-898-1293. Foster a Child & Foster Hope (© 2011 Necco).

Boy Scout Troop 1 – Grace Episcopal Church. 559-1515. Looking for long lost Scouts! Visit www.scoutingfriends.org or call (270) 554-5857. Girl Scout Activity Listings: www.kyanags.org Teen Board- Conference Room at Paducah Parks Bldg. Ages 14-18. 4-5PM. FREE. 444-8508

Education Groups:

Child Care:

Tot School. 9 AM - 2 PM, MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY. Ages 3 - 5. $110/month. AUGUST 16 - MAY. Paducah Parks Bldg. 444-8508. National After School Program (NASP). Meets MONDAY - FRIDAY, 3 - 6 PM. FREE. To sign up, call Paducah Parks at 270-444-8508.

KATS Homeschool Club meets twice a month in Paducah. This is a Christian group that meets for fellowship, playdates, field trips and much more. Field trips are also twice monthly. For more information, email katsofpaducah@live.com Center for Gifted Studies. Alexander Hall, Murray State University. The Center, located at 3205 Alexander Hall, collaborates with pre-service and graduate education students, the School Psychology program, and other College of Education programs to

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provide services to parents and gifted children in the region. Its services include professional develoPMent programs for teachers, regional and international enrichment opportunities for gifted students during the academic year and summers, and informational and assessment services to parents. For more, contact Dr. Joy Navan, 270809-2539 or joy.navan@coe.murraystate.edu. C.H.A.M.P., Christian Homeschoolers All Meet and Play. United Methodist Church Gym, Ledbetter, KY. Every Monday 2:30 - 4:30. We also have group recess every six weeks. Bring skates or sports equiPMent. FREE to all. For more, call Sherry Layne-Smith at 270-9284368 or email smith731@localnet.com. Heartland Christian Home Educators offers support, field trips, and fellowship for home school families in western Kentucky and southern Illinois. To find out more call 270-908-1619. Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site encourages area residents to volunteer at the park. Wickkliffe Mounds is a preservation of a Native American village dating to 11 AD. The park has a volunteer program and is searching for people who are interested in museums, history, archeology, education and Native Americans. Activities include tour guiding, educational programs, greeting visitors, outdoor landscaping and other help. Contact the Park Manager Carla Hildebrand at 270-335-3681 wickliffemounds@ky.gov Land Between the Lakes Programming - Trail hiking, animal discovery,

children’s activities, planetarium programming and more. Weekday and weekend listings. 270-924-2020. www.lbl.org McKAGE (McCracken County Chapter of Kentucky Association of Gifted Education.) Monthly lunch meetings at local schools. Noon – 1 PM. For information, contact Danette Humphrey, 442-5172 Center for Cultural Exchange. Host an international exchange student! CCI is looking for families to host high school students from foreign countries. Each CCI student is fully insured, brings spending money and is looking forward to an active family life. CCI is designated by the US Department of State and dedicated to promoting cultural understanding, academic develoPMent and world peace. Call your Area Representative, Corinne Sullivan at 270-5080622 if you have any questions or visit www.cci-exchange.com for more information. To view television programs, including Tot School from Paducah Parks Services, produced by the television department at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, visit www.paducah2.org.

Grief Support Group – FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH. Graves County Senior Citizens Building. 11:30 AM. Free grief support group sponsored by Lourdes Hopice. Contact Todd Hawkins at 270-415-3632. Lourdes Hospice Needs Volunteers: Working with hospice patients can grow your faith and teach you about the magic and beauty of life. Volunteers are needed in Ballard, Caldwell, Carlisle, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, and McCracken counties. If interested, contact Susan Mason at 1-800-870-7460 or 270-415-3640.

EVERY MONDAY (EXCEPT HOLIDAYS). Healthy Grieving Group. Paducah Lourdes Hospice Office, Hipp Buildingm Jackson Street 5 PM. 1ST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH. Grief Support Lunch: Luke's Truckstop, Arlington. 11:30 AM. Contact Leah Fondaw, lfondaw@lourdes-pad.org. 270-415-3607. FIRST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH EXCEPT HOLIDAYS. Men’s Coffee Grief Education and Support Group. Bob Evans Restaurant, Paducah. 8 AM. Call for info 270-4153632. Bariatric Support Group. Community Conference Room, Jackson Purchase Medical Center. 6 PM. Call 270-251-4169. Survivors of Suicide: support group for anyone whose life has been touched by the

unique grief of suicide. First Tuesday of the month. United Church of Paducah, 4600 Buckner Lane. Contact: 442-3722 Zack’s Hope SOS. Support Group for Survivors of Suicide. FOURTH THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH. Western Baptist Heart Center. 6 – 7:30 PM. For more, call Linda Thompson at 270-559-3480

Multi-service Providers:

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

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

Crisis Management

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

Loss:

Compassionate Friends of Western Kentucky Self-help organization for families that have had a child die. Every first Tuesday, 7 PM, at St. John Catholic Church Cafeteria, 6705 Old US Hwy 45 S. For more, contact Darla Martin at darlamartinky@gmail.com or 270-331-0883. Four Rivers Compassionate Friends – THIRD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH. 7 – 9 PM EXCEPT December when we join in the National Candle Lighting 2nd Sunday. For families who have lost a child of any age. Community and Senior Ctr, 155 W Cumberland Av, Grand Rivers, KY (one block west of J.H. O'Bryan Ave, and behind 1st KY Bank) Contact: 270-217-4490, or FourRiversCF@hotmail.com for more information or to receive our FREE newsletter. www.compassionatefriends.org

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Senior Pastor Bible Study. Thursday mornings at 11:00 AM at Broadway United Methodist Church. Come and bring a friend. You do not have to be a member of Broadway UMC to participate. 443-2401.

Western Baptist Hospital has meetings and groups on: Breast feeding, child-

Citizens Against Drug Dealers and Drug Abuse (C.A.D.D.) Working toward a drugfree McCracken County with education, prevention, and resources for families. 1st Thursdays; 6:30 PM. Milburn Chapel Church, West Paducah. For info., 554-9429.

Listings of non-profit groups providing family-oriented services

birth, Baby Care, Family, CPR, Menopause, Diabetes, Ostomy & other medical issues. Call 575-2229 or www.westernbaptist.com Hope Unlimited Family Care Center and Medical Clinic provides counseling, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, parenting classes and The Learn to Earn Program which offers a way for families to earn points to purchase much needed baby items. For more information, call 270-442-1166 in Paducah or 618-524-5730 in Metropolis. St. Nicholas Free Clinic. St. Nicholas Family Clinic's mission is to provide quality health care to working individuals and families who do not have medical insurance or financial resources necessary to pay for private insurance and/or medical care The St. Nicholas Family Clinic offers medical services to Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Hickman, Livingston, McCracken, and Marshall Counties in Kentucky and Massac County in Southern Illinois. Open to the public Tuesday Friday from 10:00 - 11:30 AM and 12:30 - 4:30 PM. Drop by, call 270-415-0467, or email anita@stnicholasfamilyclinic.com. St. Vincent de Paul Budget Store. We are a volunteer based ministry that sells used clothing, furniture and other goods at a minimal charge to the community and in turn uses the proceeds to help those less fortunate through the Help Line. Help is offered based on need, regardless of religious affiliation or income. The Budget Store serves the public 5 days a week (Tuesday through Friday 10 AM to 3 PM and Saturday 9 AM to 1 PM). VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS ALWAYS WELCOME! Please feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions you may have regarding our services. Budget Store phone number: 270-442-9351; Help Line phone number: 270-575-1008; E-mail address: stvincentpaducah@yahoo.com Four Rivers Behavioral Health. Provides service in the areas of mental health, develoPMental disabilities, and substance abuse. Consulting and employee assistance available. Serving Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Marshall, and McCracken. 24-hr. crisis hotline, 1-800-592-3980. Call the office, 442-7121, to find out more. Martha's Vineyard. A ministry that prepares meals and delivers them to the less fortunate in our area weekly. If you would like to volunteer please call Martha at 575-0021. Donations may be sent to : Martha's Vineyard • 1100 N. 12th Street • Paducah KY 42001 Ballard County Community Food Pantry. St. Mary's Catholic Church, 662 Broadway, LaCenter. Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 AM to 12 noon for food distribution and to receive non-perishable donations. Need spaghetti'os, soups, vegetables, crackers, etc. For more, call the church at 270-665-5551.

Miscellaneous: Art Parties. Invite an artist to come to your place or have the party at ours. The artist will do live demonstrations, paint faces, and lead kids in a super fun art activity. Call Gretchen Smith at 270-243-0444 or email tallartist@hotmail.com. Art Guild of Paducah. FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH 6 PM. McCracken County Public LibraryFor more info, call Carol at 270-554-4803 or 270-210-1465, or Melanie at 270-331-3087.

Dream Factory Volunteer Meetings - US Bank Bldg. 4TH & Broadway. 5TH floor. Interested in helping or donating? Janice Harris, 441-7611 www.dreamfactory.com Hearts for Babies. The group makes layettes for under-privileged and single moms in need and their new babies. Meets 1st Wednesday of every month from 10 AM – 2 PM at Lone Oak First Baptist Church, Room C 200. Come and join our fun group. We knit, crochet, quilt and sew! For more, call Nelly Sullivan at 270-554-3818 Paducah Chess Club - SATURDAYS, 1 - 4 PM, brilliant minds young and old, put their wits to the test at Etcetera coffee house Sponsored by English's Antiques and Rayela Art, 212 Broadway. Paducah Kennel Club. Meetings are the SECOND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH

(EXCLUDING JUNE, WHEN THE MEETING IS THE THURSDAY PRIOR TO THE DOG SHOW) at 7 PM at the clubhouse. Guests are welcome. Membership is $30 annually for an individual, $45 for a family, and $5 for Junior Membership. There are ongoing conformation and puppy socialization classes, obedience classes, and agility classes. The club also offers Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International Testing. For more, visit www.paducahkennelclub.com Paducah Photographer's Club. Meets FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH. Broadway Baptist Church of Christ, 2855 Broadway. 6:30 – 8:30 PM. A diverse group of people with one common interest: photography. Whether you're a new hobbyist or full time professional, our club offers the opportunity to learn, share, network and form new friendships! Yearly membership dues only $20. For more info, contact bonni.littleton@gmail.com McCracken County Genealogical & Historical Society. 2nd Wednesdays. McCracken County Public Library. 1:30 PM. Contact Marjory Heyduck at 554-0878. Programs include local speakers. New members welcome. Toastmasters EVERY MONDAY. Farm Bureau Office, 1600 Broadway. Noon-1PM. Visitors are always welcome. Come and improve your public speaking ability in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. For more info, call Clay Campbell, 703-2700.

Parenting Support: I-CAN - The International Cesarean Awareness Network's mission is to improve maternal and child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education and provide support for cesarean recovery. Meetings the 2ND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH at 5:30, McCracken Public Liabrary Meeting Room. For more information, contact Kimberly Eckenberg 618-921-1132, kjeckenberg@hotmail.com or i-canonline.org La Leche League of Kentucky- All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding. Meetings 1ST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH at 10 AM, 160 South Gum Springs Road, Paducah. Contact Lynette Brown 534-0512 for directions. Inclement weather cancels. www.breastfeedinghelppaducah.blogspot.com MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) - MOPS meets from 9:30-11:30AM on 1ST & 3RD THURSDAYS FROM JANUARY THROUGH MAY. If you’re a mother of a preschooler, you’ve got your hands full….and we know how you feel! Get connected in MOPS. There are limited spots available for childcare so please call ahead. 554-1441. They also meet one Sunday a month, 5 - 7 PM. Please call for specific dates. Moms in Touch prayer support for Concord Elementary School. Call Kelly Hudspeth, 744-0800 NINO – Nine months in; nine months out. Provide infant sling & carrier information & support. 3rd Mondays. 10:30AM. McCracken County Library. For more information, contact Jill Tanner, 349-3806 or email thenaturalbaby@gmail.com Wives of Faith, Western KY Chapter – If you would like to join a Christian-based group of other military wives, this is the group for you. Come join us for lots of fun, support, and activities! All units and branches are welcome. Check out: http://www.wivesoffaith.org/groups/western-kentucky-wof and email ashley@wivesoffaith.org if you're interested or would like more information.

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Social and Professional Groups: 40/50 Group. 1ST AND 3RD MONDAY OF EACH MONTH at 5:30 PM. Meets at area restaurants for socializes and to plan events. Meetings this month: February 7th at Tribeca, February 21st at Jasmine. www.4050group.blogspot.com ACCESS Christian Singles. We provide a safe atmosphere for social activity for all singles. Whether members are men, women, divorced, widowed, never married, just separated or dating couples, we all have different personal goals and ideas about socially acceptable behavior. Meets the SECOND SATURDAY AND FOURTH FRIDAY OF THE MONTH. Check the blog for details: http://accesschristiansingles.blogspot.com/ Downtown Kiwanis Club - 310 N 4th Street, THURSDAYS, Noon - 1 PM. Visitors and potential members are always welcome at these weekly service-oriented gatherings. Email Chuck.Williamson@jpenergy.comfor more info. Four Rivers Society for Human Resource Management - Meetings are the FOURTH TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH at 6 PM at Whaler's Catch. For more, call Christa Dubrock at 443-7361, ext. 10689 or email dubruck@csiweb.com. Lone Oak Kiwanis - Meets MEETS 1ST, 2ND AND 4TH WEDNESDAY mornings for breakfast at Parker’s Drive Inn Restaurant, 2921 Lone Oak Road, 7 AM. We welcome visitors and potential members. Breakfast is open to visitors on the first Wednesday of every month. Paducah /River City Business and Professional Women (BPW). MEETS SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH at noon at the Paducah County Club. Email Jessica Koverdan for more, jessicakoverdan@kyfb.com. Paducah Business and Professional Women (BPW) Meets second Tuesday of each month for dinner. 6 PM, Grace Episcopal Church. For information, call Merryman Kemp at 270-442-7636 or Pat Moriarty at 270-853-2580. Paducah-Kentucky Lake Chapter of the International Society of Administrative Professionals. Meetings are the THIRD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH at 5:30 PM. For more, call Christy Poindexter at 270-575-6624. www.geocites.com/paducahkylake. Paducah Lions Club The oldest Lions Club in Kentucky, they meet TUESDAYS at noon for lunch and presentations by guest speakers at the Carson Center. Paducah Newcomers' Club: Monthly meetings are held on the SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, please call 270-554-5303 or www.geocities.com/paducahnewcomers/index.html for more details. Paducah Newcomers' Club Playgroup: Held weekly on Monday at 10:00 AM, please call 270-534-1835 for more details. Paducah Rotaract Club. First MONDAY of the month at 6 PM. Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. A group for young professionals 18 – 30 years old focused on helping others. Paducah Rotary Club -The group meets each WEDNESDAY for lunch and excellent speakers. Noon at the Myre River Room, Carson Four Rivers Center. Paducah Singles Connection - TUESDAYS, 7 PM at Grace Episcopal Church. All single adults are welcome to this group, which emphasizes positive fellowship and social interaction based on the Christian lifestyle. They neither encourage nor discourage dating among members. The goal is to encourage, with love and support, those adjusting to the single lifestyle in a way that enhances self-esteem, tolerance and understanding. South Paducah Kiwanis - 1640 South 6th Street, THURSDAYS from 7 - 8 PM. The club invites members to this weekly meeting. The group's mission: serving the children of the world, one at a time.

Easter Seals West Kentucky offers a range of therapies including speech, physical and occupational therapy services to children who qualify regardless of income. If you know a child who would benefit from these services or needs additional services above what they are already receiving, please call Tara Beyer at 270-444-9687. Easter Seals West Kentucky Adult Day Care has openings. Our program is ideal for seniors and special needs adults who are unable to be monitored during the day by a primary caregiver or simply need daily interaction in a safe, social group setting. In addition to activities, we offer meals and personal care. Caring nursing staff are also available to help monitor or assist with certain health or medical needs. Please contact Micah Sullivan at 270-442-2001 for more information. FEAT of Western Kentucky. Families for Effective Autism Treatment. Easter Seals Child Development Center. featofwky@gmail.com Marshall County Special Olympics. Marshal County Special Olympics. The group holds their monthly meeting at the Woodmen of the World building in Benton, 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 PM. For more, call Brian and Melissa Collier, 270-227-5225. Down Syndrome Association of Western Kentucky is a resource group for families, friends, &individuals with Down syndrome. 6:30-8 PM on the third Monday of each month at the Heartland Worship Center in Paducah, Kentucky. For more, call Lana Dockery, phone number 270-564-0949, and email ldockery@comcast.net

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

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

Bariatric Support Group. FOURTH TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH at 6 PM. Community Conference Room, Jackson Purchase Medical Center. For more information about participating with this group, call 270-251-4169. Brain Injury of Kentucky Support Group -Western Baptist Hospital, Conference Room A. Call Brenda Bradford at 575-2799 or 554-0452 Cancerport - the Breast Cancer Support Group. Women's Health and Wellness Center at Lourdes Medical Pavilion. Contact Kentucky Cancer Program at 270-442-1310. Cancer Support Group – First Christian Church. 443-8251

Zonta Club of Paducah - 5:30 PM, SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH at Whaler's Catch restaurant. It’s always a fun night when this group of women executives and professionals gathers to work together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. For more, call 270-575-3444.

Celebrate Recovery. Heartland Worship Center's Youth Building. FRIDAYS AT 7 PM. Are you struggling with hurts, habits and hang-ups such as depression, insecurity, anger, overeating or chemical dependency? Open the door to change and find freedom from addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. For more, call 270-534-1400, ext. 260.

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

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

Circle of Hope Cancer Support Group. FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH at 6 PM. Jackson Purchase Medical Center, Private Dining Room. Special guests are planned to provide information on pain management, depression, nutrition and many other related topics. For more information, call 382-3940 or 247-6546. Next meeting: FEBRUARY 7.

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eventscalendarfamilynetwork Listings of non-profit groups providing family-oriented services

Compassionate Friends – THIRD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH. 7 – 9 PM. For families who have lost a child of any age. Community and Senior Ctr, 155 W Cumberland Av, Grand Rivers, KY (one block west of J.H. O'Bryan Ave, and behind 1st KY Bank) Contact: 270-217-4490, or FourRiversCF@hotmail.com for more information or to receive our newsletter. www.compassionatefriends.org Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Support Group. First Thursday of the Month. Marshall Nemer Building, 2nd Floor Rosenthal Room. 7 PM. For more information, call 646-623-2620. Diabetes Support Group – Lone Oak Church of Christ. 3RD TUESDAYS. 7-8 PM. For questions, contact: Western Baptist Hospital at 575-2282; or Purchase District Health Dept. at 444-9625. Diabetes Support Group. FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH AT 6 PM. Community Conference Room, Jackson Purchase Medical Center. Participants share in a diabetic-friendly potluck meal. Additional information can be obtained by calling The Diabetes Care Center at 251-4372. To register call 251-4580 or 1877-554-JPMC. Epilepsy Support Group. SECOND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH, 6 - 7 PM in the West Kentucky Epilepsy Center at the Murray Calloway County Hospital in Murray. Free and open to the public. Call 270-762-1566 for more information. Fibromyalgia Support Group. 6 - 7 PM. THIRD THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH at Birk Grove Life Centre (5150 Village Square Drive.) Meetings are open to the public for women with Fibromyalgia. Phone 270-415-9575 for any questions. Hopeful Hearts -A support group for women with cancer led by Dr. Lisa Chaney Lasher. MEETINGS: 2ND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH 6:30PM. Lourdes Women's Health and Wellness Center, Contact 538-5723. Hot Shots, a support group for children with type 1 diabetes and their fami-

lies. For more information, contact 217-2548, 519-4155, 210-3047 or ronda. cartwright @mccracken.kyschools.us I-CAN -The International Cesarean Awareness Network's mission is to improve maternal and child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education and provide support for cesarean recovery. Meetings the 2ND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH at 5:30, McCracken Public Library Meeting Room. For more information, contact Kimberly Eckenberg 618-921-1132, kjeckenberg@hotmail.com or i-canonline.org L.I.F.E Community L.I.F.E-Saver Class - 523 N 12th Street. TUESDAYS, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM. This class allows individuals to talk about any life-controlling issues and get support from the group. FREE. All are welcome. 575-3823. Lupus Support Group. Lourdes Hospital, Classroom 4. 6 PM, first Monday of every month. For more, call 270-210-9247. “Metamorphosis”: Lourdes Bariatric Program Support Group - For those who are interested or have undergone the gastric bypass procedure. 444-2444

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N.A.M.I. Paducah (National Alliance on Mental Illness) support group for family members and persons affected by mental illness and their families. THURSDAYS, 7 – 8:30 PM. St. Mathew’s Lutheran Church, 27th & Broadway. Nar-Anon Family Support Group. TUESDAYS, 6:30 PM. Lourdes Hospital Classroom 4. Join in on a weekly hour of anonymous friendship, support and information for people with family members and/or friends struggling with drug addiction. For more, call 444-6718 Overeaters Anonymous. MONDAYS. 7-9PM at at various members' homes. OA offers a fellowship of men and women who seek recovery -through a Twelve-Step program. No public, private, political, ideological, or religious affiliation. No dues, fees, or weigh-ins. EVERYONE WELCOME! For more and weekly location, call 270556-8873. Paducah Area Amputees in Action Support Group. Lourdes Hospital - Borders Community Room. 5:30 PM. 3RD THURSDAY EACH MONTH. For information, please call Terri Ross, 488-3020. If you or a loved one would like a hospital or nursing home visit from an amputee for support and encouragement, please call for information. Parkinson’s Support Group. This group meets at Western Baptist Hospital in the 2nd floor Atrium Conference Room at 9:30 AM and at Lourdes Hospital in the basement, Classroom 4 at 10 AM. MEETINGS ARE EVERY OTHER WEEK. For exact meeting times and more information, please call 1-270-898-8031. Postpartum Depression Support Group. The FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH at Hope Unlimited headquarters. This resource is open to the public, confidential and free. For questions about this support group, call 270442-1166. Stroke and Brain Injury Survivors Support Group. Meets weekly on AM - Noon. Second floor conference room, Jackson Purchase Medical Pavilion. Call 270-251-4121 for information on upcoming meeting topics.

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Support & education for families with a loved one who has a severe mental illness. FREE. Basic information about medications, the recovery process, communication skills, problem solving. Weekly meetings. Call to register 270-554-1915 TOPS #110 Paducah. Lebanon Methodist Church., 4620 At Massa Drive. 6 PM, Weigh In; 6:30 PM, Meeting. This weekly meeting has a two-fold objective: encourage healthy lifestyles through weight management support groups and sponsor obesity research. Most members refer to the organization simply as "TOPS," an acronym for "Take Off Pounds Sensibly." The first meeting is FREE; yearly membership $26; monthly chapter dues $5. 270-217-1182. TOPS KY 0212 Paducah "Take Off Pounds Sensibly". Our mission is to offer Support and Encouragement for weight loss. Fountain Avenue United Methodist. Meetings are every Wednesday morning & starts at 9:30. The first meeting is FREE, yearly dues are $26,and monthly chapter dues are just $4. For more information contract Tina at 270-331-0318. United Ostomy Association – Held at Western Baptist Hospital. Contact v

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Down Syndrome Buddy Walk A Celebration of Life!

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deserved to be celebrated just like the entrance of every other child into this world. In fact, celebrations, cake and ice cream are some of his favorite things. These days I make it a point to overcelebrate his birthday each year because I am so thankful he is a part of my life.

Down syndrome is not uncommon Many people who aren’t exposed to the population with special needs do not realize that having a child with Down syndrome is not that uncommon. Babies are born with Down syndrome at a rate of about 1 in 800 births, and the incidence increases as

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Adam is a happy teenager Adam is now a healthy and happy teenager. He loves swimming, riding roller coasters, going on trips and life in general. Even though the journey of raising my son hasn’t always been easy, it’s never been dull. I’ve learned so much from him, and because of him. I am proud to be his mom. Through Adam I’ve learned the meaning of unconditional love. He loves everyone the same way and doesn’t have prejudiced views for anyone. This is ironic, because so many people view him in just the opposite manner; with preconceived thoughts about what he is capable of and how he should live his life.

a mother ages. Down syndrome is a chromosomal birth defect that affects a person in many ways. Physical characteristics such as almond shaped eyes, a slightly flattened bridge along the nose, a horizontal crease in the palm of the hand, and others are typically present. The extra 21st chromosome also affects and creates developmental delays in all areas. This makes learning, talking, walking, etc., more difficult. Down syndrome has a long list of associated medical conditions. Each child’s medical needs vary greatly as some individuals have no medical problems and some have many. Some of the most prevalent medical issues of individuals with Down syndrome are congenital heart problems, sleep apnea, gastrointestinal disorders and respiratory problems.

I have learned to negotiate the labyrinth of medical providers over the years. As a parent of a child with special needs, it’s a different world. Adam has his fair share of medical problems and our biggest challenge to date has been Type 1 Diabetes. Adam’s diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes (Juvenile Diabetes) sometimes hinders him more than Down syndrome. He requires blood sugar checks 6-8 times daily and receives at least 4 daily injections of insulin. This disease is something that must be managed 24/7. Adam was also born with cataracts that were removed shortly after birth and he has some visual impairment. Intra Ocular Lenses were implanted about 5 years ago and his vision has improved. Adam also has a seizure disorder which is under control and a heart condition that’s monitored annually.

DSAWK The Down Syndrome Association of Western Kentucky (DSAWK) is a resource group for the families of loved ones with Down syndrome. It strives to create a community that is educated, supportive and inclusive of individuals with this diagnosis. DSAWK provides new parent information packs to families of babies born with Down Syndrome; provides educational resources for children as well as their parents, provides social outings for families touched by Downs and constantly seeks to improve the lives of those with Down syndrome. DSAWK also supports the current areas of research in the cause and treatment of Down syndrome. Phenomenal advances have been made over the past few years regarding Down syndrome and the associated cognitive impairment. In the past 5 years biomedical therapies have been developed and are currently in human trials. These discoveries have far reaching potential to improve cognition, memory, and speech in individuals with Down syndrome.

11th annual Buddy Walk An affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society, DSAWK is in the process of planning the 11th annual Buddy Walk in Paducah the Buddy Walk will be held at Noble Park on October 20th from 12 – 3 p.m. The Buddy Walk’s primary mis50 • October2012 www.purchaseparenting.com


sion is to promote awareness and acceptance for those with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk program was started in 1995 by NDSS. It brings together a wide range of concerned individuals who then reach out to friends, family and coworkers promoting awareness, advocacy, and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome. Over 250 Walks are estimated to take place this year in the United States and abroad. The Buddy Walk, also a fundraiser for DSAWK, is a festival type event. Registration is on-site and begins at 12:00 p.m. continuing until 2:00 p.m. Hamburgers, hotdogs and other food will be available throughout the event, as well as Tshirts. A silent auction is held and inflatables, games and other activities are available at no charge to children. Children with Down syndrome show off their talents and perform in a variety show. At 2:00 p.m. there is a brief program that precedes a short ½ mile commemorative walk for Down syndrome. Lauren Adams, reporter for WPSD Channel 6, will be the grand marshal, along with special grand marshal, Lydia English. Over 600 people participated in last year’s Paducah Buddy Walk which raised over $10,000. It’s important that everyone realize that people with Down syndrome are capable of many accomplishments. DSAWK wants to make the point that people with Down syndrome are more like everyone else than they are different. Individuals with special needs deserve to be included and accepted into the general population. The Buddy Walk is a day where Down syndrome is celebrated. Each of us is blessed to have these individuals in our lives. If you would like to learn more about the Buddy Walk, contribute, or volunteer, please contact Lana Dockery at 270564-0949 or visit www.dsawk.com. v www.purchaseparenting.com October2012 • 51


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he Paducah Parks & Recreation Annual Halloween Story Contest has become an institution around here. Once again, Micah Walker and her co-workers read every single entry and decided on the winners. Believe me that was no small feat! We asked you to send in those stories and over 300 entries were received from Reidland, Heath, Paducah Tilghman, Graves County, North Marshall, South Marshall, Carlisle, Ballard, Calloway County and Homeschool students. It was a great year!

7th grade winners 1st place – Carlissa Frederich, Lone Oak Middle, “Halloween Text” 2nd place – Tasceana Clardy, Paducah Middle, “Favorite Phrase” 3rd place – Connor Trimble, Paducah Middle, “Halloween Short Story”

8th grade winners Just to recap the rules: Each story had to begin with, “I woke to the sound of a text message that said…” and be no longer then 600 words. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

1st place – Cody Tynes, Paducah Middle, “The Text? With a Twist?” 2nd place – Ariana Mundy, Paducah Middle, “The Story of Sam Snydell” 3rd place – Skylar Adams, Graves County Middle, “Halloween Night”

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Halloween Short Story Brendan Maness, Calloway County Middle, 6th Grade I woke to the sound of a text message that said, “MEET ME OUTSIDE.” It was from my friend Zane. Zane’s always getting up in the middle of the night and writing crazy text messages. I thought he was playing his usual pranks. Flipping over my phone, I stuffed my pillow over my head, and tried to go back to sleep. MEET ME OUTSIDE, NERD.

6th grade winners 1st place – Brendan Maness, Calloway County Middle, “Halloween Short Story” 2nd place – Taylor Garrison, Calloway County Middle, ”Halloween Nightmare” 3rd place – Sam Saylor, Calloway County Middle, “The Calling” 52 • October2012 www.purchaseparenting.com

Hearing my phone ding, I groaned and rolled over. What’s his deal? He usually leaves me alone after midnight. But tonight, he’s texted me seven times. This is not the usual Zane. Something’s up. I decide to end the texting madness and crawl out of bed. I put on my hooded sweatshirt and sneak down the stairs. Mom is up, sitting at the kitchen table, talking on the phone to the police.


“Yes Sir, we will stay in the house. I’m so sorry to hear you’re having trouble catching the thief. Keep us informed, and we’ll lock all the doors. Thanks so much for calling.” Mom wraps up the phone call with officer what’s-his-name. “Brendan, what are you doing awake?” “I, uh, just came down the stairs for a glass of water, Mom. Why are there flashing light in the front yard?” Mom begins to tell me about our neighbors’ house down the street that had been broken into. They caught one of the two thieves, but the second one got away on foot. The police department has sent officers to stand guard throughout the neighborhood. Lucky us, one of them is parked in our driveway. My blood runs cold. I realize that my best friend is outside my house, and there is a suspect on the loose! I quickly run upstairs and grab my phone. I find Zane’s number and begin to text. ARE YOU ALRIGHT? I text. I pace in my room before getting a quick response. I AM OUTSIDE. COME OUT HERE ALREADY! I CAN’T, MOM IS UP. WHY DON’T YOU COME INSIDE? CAN’T. YOUR MOM WILL CATCH US. OK- BE CAREFUL OUT THERE. COPS ARE LOOKING FOR A BURGLAR AND YOU NEED TO GO HOME. I take my phone downstairs and decide to watch the news with Mom. I can’t sleep, and even though it’s really late, Mom doesn’t seem to want to push me to go to bed. I sit down next to here and begin watching the news. It’s horriwww.purchaseparenting.com October2012 • 53


ble. The burglars are more dangerous than I realized. Mom is listening to the police scanner app on her phone, and my phone begins to buzz. COME OUT HERE NOW. WHAT IS YOUR DEAL? IT’S DANGEROUS OUT THERE! I CAN’T GO HOME. CAN I COME INSIDE WITH YOU? SURE. COME AROUND THE FRONT DOOR. THE COPS ARE HERE; JUST TELL THEM WHO YOU ARE. NO WAY. Why would Zane be afraid of cops? I don’t understand my crazy friend. He is shy most of the time, but it doesn’t make sense to be afraid of the police. It’s not like him. All of the sudden, there is yelling in the backyard. I hear someone yell “STOP, POLICE!” as someone gets tackled in the back yard! They’ve caught the guy right behind our house! A scary moment for everyone involved. I decide to get a few hours of sleep before school. Mom makes me and my sister go. I see Zane in my band class during first period! “Hey man, what was up with all those texts last night? You blew up my phone!” “What texts? My house was robbed last night, and the thieves took my phone!”

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Halloween Text Carlissa Frederich, Lone Oak Middle, 7th Grade I woke to the sound of a text message that said: You’ll never believe what I found! Come Quick! It was Halloween and I had dozed off while reading at the kitchen table. On my way to Becca’s house, I wondered, “What is she up to now?” I rang her doorbell. Rebecca answered and presented a large, dark ebony box with deep engravings around the rim. “What’s inside, where’d you find it?” The questions exploded in my mouth as I admired the piece of art. “My dog was digging at something in the backyard. I, of course, thought he was digging a bone until I saw the dark wood of something. I chased him away and dug it up myself. I texted you A.S.A.P. Let’s open it together…One, Two, Three!” We lifted the lid simultaneously and gasped. There sat a leather bound book with a strange writing inscribed on the cover. We flipped through the worn pages, noticing the writing was barely legible. Further examination of the book led us to fine one single note in the front in sloppy English.


“A warning to those eyes who are currently reading these treacherous words,” Rebecca read. “If you read further in the book and irremovable curse will be placed upon you…”, her words trailed off. She turned the pages and as much as I knew I shouldn’t, I looked. My deep curiosity required that I keep reading. The book seemed to be full of magical spells and interesting notes. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. “I wonder what the consequence is for looking.” Becca laughingly said. Just then, my vision went white and I felt dizzy. As soon as the hallucination ended, it felt like something when through my skull. I could tell the same thing happened to Rebecca. We looked around our surroundings and our mouths gaped open. We were in a cemetery! Towering gravestones loomed over us as we made our way through the never ending maze. A white figure drifted towards us, as if it had no shape. Suddenly, something dropped right in front of us. It resembled my imagination of a witch. Her voice sounded like gravel as it cackled to us. “So, you were the two troublemakers snooping in my book. Well, welcome to your consequence! Everyone starts as young and fresh as you then time begins to catch up with them until…” She gestured towards a slumped figure that didn’t seem to be able to move. “You will spend the rest of time in this cemetery, just don’t get eaten,” she said in an enjoyable voice. She disappeared and we started to run, a chorus of howls just behind us. Using the full moon as light, we still stumbled over tree roots and rocks. We stopped at an old, www.purchaseparenting.com October2012 • 55


gnarled tree and rested our legs. Out of nowhere, a swarm of large bats swooped for our heads. Getting up and running were two things we didn’t even have to think about. The rabid bats continued to chase us. While we were rounding a corner, we both smashed into a solid wall. How could this be happening to us? A flash of green, then everything went black. I woke to something chiming. Were there bats, or something worse, coming for us? What was that green thing? Why had I read the book? When I dared open my eyes I saw the novel I was reading sitting in front of met at the kitchen table I looked at my phone and saw a text message from Rebecca that said: You’ll never believe what I found! Come Quick!

The Text? With a Twist? Cody Tynes, Paducah Middle, 8th Grade I woke to the sound of a text message that said, “It’s play time =).” So I just blew it off and got ready for the day. That night was going to be Halloween. I was going to dress as Batman. It was going to be the best night of my 10 year old life.

Everything was ready. The lights were set up, all the food was cooked and the candy corn was delicious. Even if I did have to sneak it when my mother wasn’t looking. I couldn’t wait to go “trick or treating”. OK, it was finally time, after all the food had been eaten; time to go get free candy! Woohoo! While we were walking along, a huge fog rolled in. People started screaming and I got separated from the group. I heard a deep growl and ran, ran, ran until my heart was about to burst. I found a corner, curled up in a ball, and cried my eyes out. After a long while, I heard a voice above me. As I lifted my head, I saw a dark shadowy figure standing over me. It yelled, “RUN!” So what did I do? Well, I ran, ran, ran, ran and RAN! I am fast, after all I’m on the elementary track team, but the man was faster. He was in every alley and on every street corner. Then I stopped running and everything got quiet, and I do mean everything. There was no sign of him. I started walking, not home, not anywhere, just walking. Then out from the bushes jumps THE MAN. Now he was wielding an axe. I was in shock, on the ground, and helpless. Up goes the axe but before he could bring it down, the man crashes to the ground and he’s shaking. There was no blood. There looked to be no injuries at all. Should I help the man, I thought as I ran home. What happened? Why was he chasing me? And I’ll never know the answer to any of my questions. But somehow I feel it all leads back… to the text! v

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Dress Up for a Cause – Market House Theatre Masquerade Ball

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icture these scenes: A huddle of gangsters contemplate a spread of hors d'oeuvres; a medieval court of ladies chat at a table adorned with a bright green dragon head; a flapper twirls on the dance floor next to a wild west cowboy, as Marilyn Monroe belts a ballad beside Fred Flintstone on guitar. These are some of the moments from last year's Market House Theatre Masquerade Ball. This year it's back on October 20, from 6:30 pm to midnight at the Paducah-McCracken County Convention Center.

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Market House is selling ten percent of the tickets solely through the box office. “It's a really good deal and those sell out fast,” Williams noted.

The ball is the theater's major annual fundraiser. At its debut last fall, the event's music, food, mask and costume fun, and great auction items brought in over 200 people and raised $25,000. Masquerade Ball Chair Kristin Williams promises this year's event is sure to be a delight. “We hope to really grow this thing, and make it a huge event;" she told me. “Not only is it fun, but a big source of the financial support for the theatre.

Special ticket pricing for those under 30! Theater supporters have a variety of ticket options to choose from. Eight-person VIP tables are $1,000, and come with perks, including a prime location, goody bags, and special attention from the catering staff. Those who buy tables may also decorate them before the ball for a chance to win a prize. Regular individual ticket prices for those 21 years old and over is $75. Young adult tickets for those 2129 years old are at a reduced rate of $35. For this special

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The popular event band Nash-Vegas All Stars will make a repeat appearance this year. Williams praised the band's unique style. “The Nash-Vegas All Stars have an incredible ability to read the crowd and see what kind of music everybody reacts to,” she told me. On a break from the dance floor, guests can enjoy delicious food items provided by Laura Duff's Pampered Palette. Several food stations will be spread around the hall, offering a variety of savory and sweet treats. Guests can also support the theatre by bidding on both a silent and live auction featuring a Murder Mystery Party, local restaurant certificates, and other gift items. One of the theatre's most popular auction items is again being offered for bid. In what's called “Curtain Call,” guests can compete for cameo, walk-in roles in a performance of A Christmas Story. Roles up for sale are Randy as the “little piggy,” Black Bart and Ralphie’s teacher Miss Shield, and Flick stuck to the lamppost. Those who win a role may perform it, or give it to a friend or family member to perform during a special show on December 12.

It’s an Adult Halloween! It's no coincidence the event falls close to Halloween. The Market House Theatre board wanted to make the event a fun escape for adults, but not conflict with kids' Halloween plans. “I think when you walk in and you’re dressed up, you really feel part of the fun,” said Williams. “Even though you have a big smile on your face, people may or may not recognize you. It’s always fun to see how the costumes people choose reflect their personality. A lot of adults never get the chance to dress up! Well here’s your opportunity!” Guests may be ‘over the top’ or simply elegant in their dress attire. Some choose to forgo the costumes and wear cocktail attire with a fancy mask. “At this event you can celebrate in any style - from Broadway to Hollywood,” said Williams.

Supporting Arts Education Funds raised at the Masquerade Ball will go toward Market House Theatre's award-winning children's programs. “We serve almost 23,000 kids in an annual year. 11,000 of those are part of a drama class in their school,” explained Executive Director, Michael Cochran. He explained that Market House's mission is to not only help kids with theatre skills, but to use drama as a teaching tool. Cochran told me about the play “U. S. Constitution Reviver” as an example. “Fifth graders learn core content about the constitution and the founding fathers,” he said. “And then they perform the play for the rest of the school, basically teaching it to the other students.” 58 • October2012 www.purchaseparenting.com


Theatre Education Director, April Cochran may visit a school two or three times per year, and Market House can charge less for these services because of the funds they raise at the Masquerade Ball. “Typically an organization providing a threater arts experience in the school charges between $50 and $100 per hour,” explained Cochran. “Because of this event the Market House Theatre is able to charge much less.” To buy tickets for the Masquerade Ball or Market House Theatre's upcoming performances, call the box office at 270-444-6828, or go to their website at www.mhtplay.com. The Masquerade Ball sponsors include Beltline Electric Company, Inc.; Bohle Family Dentistry & Dr. Chip Bohle; Renaissance Plastic Surgery; Jim Smith Contracting Company, LLC; Wacker Polymers and Williams/Ogden Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. Creatures of Habit will also donate a portion of their costume rental fees for the Masquerade Ball back to Market House Theatre. v

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Attention High School Students – It’s Middle College Application Time!

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ommonwealth Middle College (CMC) is a special program in our area that allows high school students the opportunity to get a head start on their future. The program, which began in the 1970’s, finally made it to Kentucky in 2009. Principal at Commonwealth Middle College, Donna Wear explained that the purpose of the CMC is to give students an opportunity to form a solid foundation for the completion of their college degree. The model for CMC seeks to blend high school and college into a coherent educational program. “With a grant from the Lay Family Foundation, a group in St. Louis that provides educational grants to entities, we were able to partnership with the schools,” Wear told me. “We started something that has never been done before in Kentucky.” It has helped hundreds of students to bridge the gap between high school and college. Commonwealth Middle College is located on the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC).

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There are currently four school districts represented at CMC: Graves, Marshall, McCracken, and Paducah. Six high schools transport students to WKCTC each day: Graves, Heath, Lone Oak, Marshall, Paducah Tilghman, and Reidland. Since it got started four years ago, over 670 students have applied for the 260 available spots. Students can take any course that they’re eligible for. “Students have to meet all of the requirements to enroll in the classes,” Wear explained. “But we try to help them so that the classes they take will transfer to the college of their choice. Our job is to guide them and make sure that they have a plan. We work very closely with the community college on that.” Students get tuition free college classes for a total of 36 college hours. Textbooks are also provided. In addition, there are many other benefits for students who are involved in this program. “By the time a student finished Middle College they‘re very comfortable navigating college


life,” Wear told me. “They can talk with teachers, make their schedules, understand procrastination and get things done on time. They understand what’s on a syllabus.”

How does Middle College work? For a great portion of the day, students don’t attend their regular high school. All of their course work is taken at the community college. “We have four high school teachers who teach students their core high school classes,” Wear explained “Middle College students are still considered students at their high school, but they get to CMC at 8:00 a.m. and the day ends at around 1:45 p.m. that leaves plenty of time for students to get back to their high school and participate in extracurricular activities or even take another class if they wish.”

Middle College is a huge success Class of 2012-2013

From the fall of 2009 to the spring semester of 2012, all 100 CMC students have graduated from their high school. Of those 100 students, 97 have completed the Middle College program. The average college G.P.A. for the first 100 graduates was a 3.1. Students in the class of 2011 and 2012 have accumulated over 3,800 college credit hours, and nine students graduated from their home high school with a two-year Associate Degree from West Kentucky Community and Technical College, as well as their high school diploma. In addition, average ACT scores among CMC students are impressive: for the class of 2011, the average score was 22.2, for the class of 2012, it was a 23, and for 2013’s class, it’s 23.4.

How can students enroll? This fall, in October and November, students at the six represented high schools will be given information about the Middle College. In November, there will be a meeting where parents can find out information and ask any questions that they may have about the CMC program. Applications are due to the respective school counselor’s office in the middle of December. Then, in January and the early part of February, students who applied for Commonwealth Middle College will be interviewed by the Principal (Donna Wear) and Counselor (Holly Miller).

Applicants must meet the following requirements: • G.P.A. of at least 2.5 • Acceptable attendance and discipline records • Good PLAN test scores (PLAN is a test that all sophomores in Kentucky take, which gives an indication of what they might make on their ACT), They will also be assessed on their financial needs, and on interviews, and teacher references. Once the students have been chosen, principals and counselors of home schools will be consulted, and a committee of the Commonwealth Middle College Advisory Council members will discuss and review those selected before making any final decisions. Wear feels that this is an outstanding program and a huge asset for our region. “CMC has been such a successful program for our students, the community college and for district schools,” she told me. “The success has been amazing, and we never could have done it without the support of the districts and community college.” For more information about Commonwealth Middle College, contact them at 270-534-3392. You can also visit www.westkentucky.kctcs.edu/en/Student_Life/CampusSpotlight/CampusSpotlightArchives/MiddleCollege.aspx v www.purchaseparenting.com October2012 • 61


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Childhood Allergies by Bradley T. Rankin, M.D., FAAAAI Family Allergy and Asthma

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oes your child have bouts of sneezing, nasal itching, drainage, or congestion that won’t go away? If so, he or she may have allergic rhinitis - more commonly known as hay fever or allergies. Allergies are one of the most common illnesses in the United States, affecting one out of three people. Each year, allergies account for two million missed school days and $2.3 million in health care costs for children younger than age 12. Allergies can also have a significant impact on the quality of life for those who suffer from them. Conditions such as recurrent sinus, ear infections, sleep disorders (such as snoring and apnea), eczema, itchy, watery eyes and the inability to concentrate can all be directly linked to allergies. Additionally, allergic rhinitis is a significant risk factor for the development of asthma – a risk which can be reduced by use of allergy injections.

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What is an allergy? An allergy is an abnormal sensitivity to certain substances that most people find harmless. The substance that triggers the allergy is called an allergen. Common allergens include tree, grass, and weed pollens, mold spores, animal allergens (dried skin flakes and saliva), dust mites and cockroach particles.

How do you know if your child is suffering from allergies? The most common symptoms of allergies are nasal congestion, clear runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, repeated attacks of sneezing, and itching of the nose, eyes or ears with no fever present. While symptoms of the common cold can mirror some allergy symptoms, cold symptoms typically only last a week. Allergic symptoms can last for weeks or


effectively treat the disease as well as the symptoms, the allergist needs to determine the specific allergens causing the symptoms in order to outline a comprehensive program of avoidance measures, medications, and sometimes a course of allergy injections. If you think your child may suffer from allergies, please contact a board-certified allergist for further evaluation. Your tissue box will thank you! v

months, and are often seasonal and triggered by allergens such as dust mites, cats, or dogs. Children who suffer from allergies, and are not treated, are at a higher risk of developing more allergies and asthma as they age. As stated above, many children who suffer from allergies will go on to develop asthma. That is one reason why an accurate evaluation of your child’s allergies is so important.

Allergy Testing Allergy skin testing is the most effective way to determine allergies. Yet, parents are often afraid to skin test their child because they are “too young.” According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, age is not a barrier to allergy skin testing and even infants can benefit in select cases. There are several different treatment options for allergies, but to

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Giving Your Home ‘Curb Appeal’ by Dava Hayden Horticultural Consultant and Landscape Designer

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urb appeal is the attractiveness of the exterior of a home or business. It increases the value of your property and possibly the neighborhood. In Paducah and McCracken County we have two Civic Beautification Boards (city and county) on the hunt each month for homes with great curb appeal. They are looking for well maintained properties that demonstrate an inviting atmosphere. I have served on the McCracken County Civic Beautification Board and noticed how the whole neighborhood is affected when one home is selected as the “Distinctive Home of the Month.” Neighbors of the selected homes often become motivated and begin making changes of their own. Many times, homes in the same subdivision that were previously

not selected suddenly stand out. This is the very reason these civic groups are committed to beautifying their community through recognition. But how do you add curb appeal to your home? Here are a few suggestions which I think will help:

Maintain Proper Lawn Height, Density, and Clean Edges. Maintaining the proper height of the lawn helps keep the lawn in good health. Bermudagrass lawns should be maintained short, around 1 ½” but a tall fescue or bluegrass lawn should be taller at 3 to 4”. Tall fescue and bluegrass lawns will become sparse and weedy if mowing height is too short. Create clean lines between the lawn and edge of beds, walks and drives. It makes a big visual difference and doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Weed trimmers or flat-edge shovels can be used to make a clean edge. Edge-trimmers can be rented for less than $50 a day for fast and beautiful results. Of course, stone edging really stands out and looks great when it complements the features of the home, but much more expensive.

Get Rid of Dingy. The front door and porch columns should be clean and polished. Add a coat of paint or stain and up-date the hardware if needed. Hardware includes lights fixtures, door handles, house numbers and any other detail at the front door.

Tame the Unruly. Landscaping is supposed to complement the home, not hide it. Do not let shrubs and trees take over the exterior of the home. Don’t let plants block the view of windows and definitely not at the curb where it becomes a hazard. Personally I am not a big fan of sheered shrubs, but it is better than a plant out-growing its allowed space. Remove the lower limbs of trees that are blocking a window. Removing lower limbs of trees can safely be done in the fall and winter, but shearing evergreen shrubs should not occur after early August due to the likely occurrence of freeze injury to them from winter weather. 64 • October2012 www.purchaseparenting.com


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Note: consider the adult size of a plant and space allowance before installation to avoid over-growth and over-crowding.

Add a Splash of Color. A home that lacks color disappears into the horizon, while a home with too much color sticks out like a sore thumb. Too many variations of color create chaos to the viewer, but color is important to incorporate and should be used to direct guest’s attention to the front door. This can be done by symmetric placement of urns filled with colorful flowers to a home of formal design or bright colored-containers with complementary plants to an asymmetric entry. Other ideas include; new door color, wreath, flag or garden art. Remember that sometimes less is more and never used faded artificial plants. Curb appeal is determined by the balance and harmony between home and surroundings that make it inviting. It is not determined by the amount of money invested into the landscape or in the value of the home itself. Clean lines, splashes of repetitive color, and tidiness are all factors that work together for the best visual effect. v

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Dive In and Join The Paducah Swim Team!

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hen it comes to beneficial recreational activities for your child, swimming should be at the top of the list, particularly with a great resource on hand in our community. Paducah Swim Team, often referred to as PST, is a corporation run by parent-volunteers. “For more than twenty years, PST has been fostering physical fitness, sportsmanship, personal development and commitment in our young swimmers” said Becky Haus, Manager of Advancement for West Kentucky Community and Technical College and swim team mom. Haus’s daughter started swimming when she was in kindergarten, almost five years ago. “She began just swimming in the summers,” Haus explained. “But she liked it so much that she joined PST. The team has recently hired an excellent new coach, Jason Cravens. We’re very excited about this year especially after winning a National US swimming competition in 2011.”

by Jamie Lober Purchase Parenting & Family Magazine

Swimming is Good for You! There are many benefits to learning to swim and being on a team. “It is something you can do all your life,” said Haus. “It is never too early, or too late to get started. It’s a skill that you can continue, whether competitive or recreational, that will help with fitness.” Experience is not a prerequisite. “There are children on the team from across the Purchase area ranging in age from six to eighteen,” said Jason Cravens, PST Head Coach. “From the beginning, we are a teaching-oriented program, so we will teach technique thoroughly and make sure all our members have a good technical foundation.” As kids progress, they get into training groups. “They focus on development, and master distance and strokes which help them race,” said Cravens. “Since it is a lifetime sport, there are people racing into their eighties. It is healthy for your heart, lungs, circulation and muscular endurance. The team competes in Kentucky Swimming; a division of USA Swimming which is the national governing body for the sport. PST also has a program in the summer that is a local, beginner, novice level recreational league. There is something for everyone.”

Swimming Builds Skills and Character Anyone can get involved with the meets and there are different levels of competition. There are no restrictions as long as you can swim down the pool and swim the strokes reasonably correctly. “Progression happens as you gain greater speed and better technique,” explained Cravens. “But we can get every child started with entry level right away.” PST’s goal is to make swimming part of the child’s lifestyle. “We want them to be fit and learn things that can stick with them well beyond their years in the pool,” explained Cravens. “We care about character and leadership development, being a great teammate, and giving them skills they can use throughout their life. It really is a family activity because you can swim against people of all ages. Our volunteer efforts are always driven by a great parent group that is

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year-round season begins in August. Kids are evaluated and then assigned to swim school if they are not ready for an entry level group. Once we know where they fit on the team, we can give them the information necessary to get in the club. The evaluation does not take long and basically is a chance for the kids to show what strokes they can do.

willing to put the time in to help us host swim meets and fundraise.” Talking about what to expect can help your child feel more at ease. “Some of the first things they learn at the swim school are ‘air exchange’ and how to ‘bob’ on the side of the pool,” said Cravens. “Inhaling and exhaling properly prepares them for learning the strokes down the road. There is a lot of time spent on learning how to float, glide and basically being comfortable. It’s important to grasp the concept that your body wants to stay at the top of the water. The idea is that if a child accidentally falls into a body of water or a pool, they will realize how to get to the surface, turn over and call for help. After those basic skills, swimmers progress to learning how to kick and working through progressions that teach strokes such as the front crawl and backstroke.”

The Paducah Swim team is open to new members and anyone that is interested in possibly signing up should call (270)-554-SWIM (7946) or e-mail swimpst@gmail.com. PST is located at 115 Lebanon Church Road. “We are looking forward to getting started and to our first full season here in August,” said Cravens. Whether your child is advanced or just beginning, once PST has an idea of where he is skill-wise, they can point him in the right direction and make sure that he shines. v

Some Kids Learn Faster than Others. When it comes to swimming, instructors generally find that the sooner you get started the better. “The earlier you get kids involved, the more they love the water,” said Cravens. “There are also incentives available including plenty of opportunities to get ribbons. PST includes many fun activities to help club members stay motivated and interested in improvement. If they are having fun they are more likely to master their skills. Competitive swimming is a wonderful and safe environment to learn a lot of things,” said Cravens. “Coaches want to make sure that kids apply the skills correctly and do not miss out on chances to get wet. We accept members throughout the year but our www.purchaseparenting.com October2012 • 67


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Help Save Lives! Cancer Prevention Study-3

by Eric Walker American Cancer Society

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s a physician, Dr. Lisa Chaney Lasher knows how important it is that patients take care of themselves. Everyone should be aware of cancer prevention and early detection. Dr. Lasher knows the impact that cancer can have not just because cares for patients but because of her firsthand experience as a cancer survivor. Dr. Lasher is a board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist who serves as Director of Women's Services at Lourdes Hospital, and who is also a two-time breast cancer survivor. Plus, she has been through the cancer journey with her mother, Dorothy Chaney, who is a three-time cancer survivor. Dr. Lasher’s first bout with Stage 1 breast cancer occurred was when she was 32 years old. “Thirteen years later, I had a lump that was confirmed with MRI and biopsy: It was also Stage 1,” she explained. Fortunately, Dr. Lasher received timely treatment and has survived both diagnoses. Through her professional and personal experiences with cancer, treatments and surgeries,

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it is no wonder Dr. Lasher is a proponent of early cancer detection. She also knows that detection, coupled with cancer prevention measures, is aided by an increase in cancer awareness. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and is associated with the color pink almost as much as orange and black are connected with Halloween. Dr. Lasher welcomes any and all opportunities to increase knowledge about breast cancer and indeed all cancers. “Women tend to be the caregivers,” Dr. Lasher explained. “They often take care of the families and neglect to care for themselves. They have a lot of things on their plate and consequently stress in their lives. National Breast Cancer Awareness month and wearing the color pink reminds women to get their mammograms, get their checkups and about early detection,” said Dr. Lasher. She thinks October is also a good time to debunk some of the myths about breast cancer. It’s not


true that breast cancer is always hereditary, that there is nothing a person can do to reduce their risk of breast cancer, or that lumps are the only sign of breast cancer.

Cancer Prevention Study-3 Along with promoting breast cancer awareness, Dr. Lasher, Lourdes Hospital and the American Cancer Society are raising awareness of another opportunity for both men and women; to help find cures for breast cancer and other cancers through the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) enrollment taking place this November at Lourdes. CPS-3 allows eligible adults to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. The study will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that both cause and prevent cancer. “CPS-3 represents a significant opportunity to learn more about the causes of cancer, including breast cancer, and importantly provides us with incredible insight into how we can prevent this disease,� said Rachael King, American Cancer Society Director of Health Initiatives in the Mid-South area. Women and men between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in CPS-3 and can currently sched-

ule a time to enroll November 15-17 by going online to www.cps3lourdeshospital.org. After scheduling, participants will go to Borders Community Room in the Marshall Nemer Pavilion on their particular date and time to enroll. There, they will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form, complete a brief survey, have their waist circumference measured and give a small blood sample. At home, individuals will complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral and other factors related to their health. Upon

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completion of this process, the American Cancer Society will continue to send periodic follow-up surveys every 1-2 years to update participant information and annual newsletters with study updates and results. This is the second such CPS-3 enrollment in Paducah. A prior CPS-3 enrollment was held at Western Baptist Hospital in April. Study lead investigator, Dr. Alpa Patel, explained that CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks. “And we can only do this if members of the community are willing to become involved,â€? she added. Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s which: • Confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer; • Demonstrated the link between larger waist size and increased death rates from cancer and other causes; • Showed the link between aspirin use and lower colon cancer risk; and, • Showed the considerable impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions.

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The voluntary, long-term commitment by participants will produce benefits for decades to come for the participants’ children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “Taking an hour or so every few years to fill out a survey, and potentially save someone from being diagnosed with cancer in the future, is a commitment that thousands of volunteer participants have already made. We're looking for more like-minded individuals in the Paducah area and surrounding counties to join this effort that we know will save lives and improve the outlook for future generations,� said Dr. Patel. For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit cancer.org/ cps3 or call toll-free 1-888604-5888. To enroll and schedule an appointment, visit www.cps3 lourdeshospital.org. For additional information from the American Cancer Society on breast cancer, symptoms and treatment, breast cancer myths, research, programs and services to help patients such as Reach To Recovery, Road To Recovery or Hope Lodge, or information regarding any form of cancer, visit cancer.org or call v 1-800-227-2345.


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Jingle Bell Run and Candy Cane Trot by Jamie Lober Purchae Parenting & Family Staff

Editor’s Note: Some of you may know that I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. It’s a sometimes painful disease that affects my joints and even internal organs. Unfortunately, because of the cancer I have had my treatment options are limited, but the one thing I can do to help the stiffness and discomfort is to keep moving: Staying active and exercising helps me to live with the disease. So, from a personal standpoint, I am excited that the Jingle Bell Run has been brought to Paducah to raise awareness of Arthritis and to raise money for better treatments, and a perhaps a cure. And, in the spirit of full disclosure, I should tell you that Dr. Chris Phillips is my RA doctor.

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aducah families should be sure to mark their calendars for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk, 5K and the Candy Cane Trot, Youth Run on Saturday, December 8, 2012. This fantastic event is a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation and will be held in Noble Park, with the 5K Run beginning at 9am and the Youth Run at 10am. This day will be a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others. Anyone who has ever participated knows that there is no better feeling than being a runner or walker out there fighting one of the nation’s leading causes of disability. The Jingle Bell Run, which was held several years ago, is returning to the area. “I was eager to do this because it is a good fundraising effort and a great way to raise awareness about arthritis,” explained Dr. Chris Phillips of Paducah Rheumatology. Local businessman, Mark Vance, has been

the driving force behind bringing the event to Paducah. Dr. Phillips was happy to join the organizing committee and become a big supporter of the run/walk. “According to the Arthritis Foundation there are over twenty seven million people in the United States who have been diagnosed with a form of the disease,” said Phillips. For many, this cause is close to home as it’s estimated that 1.1 million people in Kentucky have some form of arthritis.

What is arthritis? When it comes to arthritis, you know if you have it. “It is essentially pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints,” explained Phillips. “If it is difficult for your primary physician to treat, or there is evidence of RA or something else going on, they will refer you to a rheumatologist like me,” said Phillips.

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There are several types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA), also called osteoarthroses or degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis. OA is a chronic condition characterized by the breakdown of the joint’s cartilage. The breakdown of cartilage causes the bones to rub against each other, resulting in stiffness, pain and loss of movement in the joint. There are two types of OA – primary and secondary. Primary OA is generally associated with aging and the ‘wear and tear’ of life. The older you are, the more likely you are to have some degree of primary OA. However, not everyone gets it, not even the very old. That’s because OA is a disease and not part of the normal aging process. Secondary OA, in contrast, tends to

develop relatively early in life, typically 10 or more years after a specific cause, such as an injury or obesity. Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is a form of inflammatory arthritis and an autoimmune disease. For reasons no one fully understands, in rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system, which is designed to attack foreign cells such as viruses and bacteria, attacks the body’s own tissues. As a result of the attack, fluid builds up in the joints, causing pain and inflammation that’s systemic – meaning it can occur throughout the body. Juvenile arthritis (JA) is an umbrella term used to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions that can develop in children ages 16 and younger. Gout is another type of inflammatory arthritis that affects an estimated 6 million Americans. It occurs when an excess of uric acid in the blood forms needlelike crystals in the joints and/or soft tissue. This can trigger an acute gout attack marked by pain, tenderness, redness, warmth and swelling. If you have any questions, there is an insurmountable amount of information available. “You can explore the Arthritis Foundation’s website at www.arthritis.org where there is a variety of supportive information and educational that people can use,” said Phillips.

The Arthritis Foundation ‘The money raised through the Jingle Bell Run/Walk will help support research into all types of arthritis by the Arthritis Foundation. The Foundation focuses on research into new drugs which are being tested, providing grants to the doctors and fellows studying rheumatology and advocacy for arthritis suffers. “The Arthritis Foundation is working to get more pediatric rheumatologists and better research directed at understanding the disease and finding a cure,” said Phillips. ‘They also work insurance companies to help lower the cost of 72 • October2012 www.purchaseparenting.com


people walking and running in Noble Park. Kids are welcome and encouraged -you can make it a family affair! You can register for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis right up until the morning of the event, so if you want to you can just show up and register on the day,” Phillips told me. “And remember, that exercise is good for everyone, but especially if you have arthritis!”

We’ll match your donations! medications and treatment. From my viewpoint, the main benefit of being involved with the Arthritis Foundation is that they are advocating for my patients and helping us to raise money and doing research so we can better treat them.”

Come out and have some fun! “If you come out for this event, you will not regret it,” Phillips told me. “Our goal is to have at several hundred

You can register online at http://jinglebellrunpaducah. kintera.org or call (270)-744-3701 for more information. Even if you do not feel like participating by going to the event, you can still make a difference and support arthritis research. Make a donation under the Paducah Rheumatology team; the group is willing to match each donation dollar for dollar to a maximum of $7,500 in order to support arthritis research. December is a prime time to get in the spirit of giving. v

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Challenger Learning Center Celebrating a Decade of Exploration

by Mellisa Duncan

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any of us will never forget where we were on January 28, 1986, when we heard about the Challenger space shuttle accident. Seventythree seconds into launch the space shuttle Challenger and the crew were lost in a tragic catastrophe. This particular Challenger mission had an educational emphasis, due in part because the first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe, was aboard. The seven crew members left behind family members that believed in the value of the educational aspect of the mission. Two months after the accident, family members met in the living room of the commander’s widow and the idea of the Challenger Learning Centers was formed. Their goal was to create an institution that would provide a unique hands-on learning experience igniting interest in science for every student who was a visitor. The first center opened in Houston in 1988.

The Challenger Learning Center at Paducah opened in 2002 as a partnership between Paducah Junior College, Inc. and West Kentucky Community & Technical College. The center is run as a non-profit organization securing revenue from fees, grants, donations and fundraising. Currently there are forty-five Challenger Learning Centers across the world inspiring the next generation of scientists, astronauts, engineers and mathematicians. Kentucky has three centers, one in Paducah on the campus of West Kentucky Community & Technical College, one in Hazard on the campus of Hazard Community & Technical College, and one in the Jefferson County (Louisville) School District.

Serving our Students for a Decade On August 16, 2012, the Challenger Learning Center at Paducah turned ten years old. Over the past ten years we have provided STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programming for over 75,000 people of all ages. Throughout the school year thousands of elementary and middle school students fly ‘missions’ to the moon, Mars and in search of comets. Each student is given an important job as an astronaut during the mission. They use important 21st century skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, decision making, problem solving and communication.

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Quest, our yearly summer camp program. Students build rockets, search for missing Mars rocks, fly missions, make space suits, design rover landers, see the stars and even learn how to SCUBA dive in a variety of camps for different ages.

Club Challenger & Other Programs Club Challenger is for students in third, fourth and fifth grades, and meets once a month after school. Club members participate in fun, educational science activities. The center also has a portable planetarium called STARLAB that

can be taken to schools and other venues. The 45-minute STARLAB program features stars and the constellations we see from our area and the mythological stories related to them. Virtual e-Missions give students an opportunity to fly a mission without leaving their classroom. Done by Skype or telecom, students go in search of a lost space ship or monitor the volcanic eruption and hurricane that is affecting the island of Montserrat. A flight director monitors the eMission while feeding data and information via a special website. There are many other opportunities for people of all ages throughout the year including programs for boy

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experiences in space with the public on Thursday, October 18, 2012. The presentation will be held from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Clemens Fine Arts Center on the campus of West Kentucky Community & Technical College. An open house at the Challenger Learning Center will follow the presentation. Col. Wilcutt will be available for autographs and photographs at the open house. Genuine NASA lithographs with Col. Wilcutt’s picture will be provided for the autograph session. One of his mission patches will also be available for purchase in our Galaxy Gift Store, along with other spacey items. There is no cost for these events.

Where Learning is…Mission Possible!

and girl scouts, homeschoolers, corporate groups, and preschools.

Meet a Kentucky Astronaut! The Challenger Learning Center at Paducah is celebrating its decade of exploration by giving back to the surrounding community that has generously supported us through the past ten years. Col. Terry Wilcutt, Kentucky’s only astronaut and four time space shuttle veteran, will be sharing his

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The mission of the Challenger Learning Center at Paducah is to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and math education by providing opportunities for all in our region to participate in quality real-life experiences, attain knowledge and become life-long learners. You and your family will not only learn something, but greatly enjoy this unique event. We hope you will join us as we celebrate a decade of exploration! For more information about programming or 10th anniversary events, please call 270-534-3101 or visit www.clcpaducah.org. v


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by Fred DiPrete

Are you Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft?

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ou go online to buy some items from a company out of state. The website asks for your credit card, or bank account information. Should you enter the information to that site? Is it secure? Could you become the victim of identity theft?

What is identity theft? Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information to obtain various fraudulent credentials. These credentials can be, but are not limited to, credit cards, social security cards, bank accounts or loans. A key component to keeping your identity safe is by securing your online presence. Your online bank accounts, online mail account, Facebook page and any retail store website should have complex passwords.

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and numbers), you can add a degree of complexity to protect yourself. Once you have created a complex password, you should change this password on a regular basis. Most experts recommend changing your password once a month. It is also recommended that you do not use the same password on different sites. Having multiple passwords will help protect you in case one of the passwords becomes compromised.

On July 11, 2012 Yahoo.com had 453,492 accounts compromised by a notorious group of hackers. The account passwords were analyzed and 100,295 or 22.65 percent of the accounts used 1 of the top 10 passwords. The top ten Yahoo.com hacked passwords are listed below with the number of occurrences: 1: 123456 (1666 times)

Your first line of defense in identity theft is creating a secure password. There have been many discussions on what is considered a "secure" password. Most security professionals will recommend a password that is at least 8 characters or longer. It should contain 1 upper case letter, 1 number or symbol (if permitted) and should not contain a name or date that can be associated to you. The longer your password is the harder it will be to "crack". A six character password has 387,420,489 possible combinations, if you only used letters in the alphabet. Whereas, an 8 character password has 282,2429,536,481 possible combinations. As you can see just by adding 2 letters makes the password incrementally harder to guess. With the addition of nontraditional characters (symbols www.purchaseparenting.com October2012 • 77


2: password (780 times) 3: welcome (436 times) 4: ninja (333 times) 5: abc123 (250 times) 6: 123456789 (222 times) 7: 12345678 (208 times) 8: sunshine (205 times) 9: princess (202 times) 10: qwerty (172 times)

Trusted Sites Another way to protect yourself from identity theft is to only visit trusted sites. These are web sites that you know are legitimate and less likely to be compromised. These sites could include, but are not limited to, your bank website, credit card websites, Google.com, Yahoo.com and other web sites that are nationally recognized. One important factor to keep in mind when logging into a website is to look at the prefix to the web address. Most websites begin with HTTP://WWW. A login screen for a secure website should have HTTPS://WWW. The S in https is very important. It means you are on a secure screen. This login page will encrypt your password as it sends it to the website for verification. If you do not see that your password will be sent in plain text. This means anyone that can intercept your login attempt, usually done by a virus on your computer, can see your password just like you are reading this article.

Phishing Other tactics used by criminals to obtain your personal information is to use a tactic called Phishing. Phishing is an attempt to acquire personal information such as username, passwords or credit card details. Phishing emails may contain links to websites that are infected with malware or viruses. Credit card companies, banks or other

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financial institutions will never send you an email asking you for your social security number, birth date or other personal information. If a document appears to come from a financial organization you have dealt with and it looks official, contact the organization by phone or in person and confirm the contents of the email are legitimate and attempt to handle their request by phone, at a branch, or in person where you know the location is associated with the organization. Never contact anyone based on the information in the email.

software needs to be updated regularly to maintain your computers protection. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to protect your identity. You lock car or your house, why should your identity not get the same attention. Remember to create unique secure passwords, change your passwords periodically, use up to date anti-virus and anti-malware software and only visit reputable websites. Don't be afraid to question what you read, anything that seems to0 good to be true it usually is! v

Antivirus software Some of the simplest ways to protect your identity and online information is to install an anti-virus program and keep the virus signatures up to date. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free anti-virus program provided by Microsoft and is updated automatically. Malware is software used or created to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems. Malwarebytes is a program that offers a 90 day free trial. This application is widely recognized as the best anti-malware software available. Both programs can identify, remove and block malicious code from your computer. You can also purchase well-known programs such as Norton Anti-Virus and McAfee, but please note that all

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estern Baptist Hospital has partnered with Murray State University this year for its second Pink Glove Dance video for breast cancer awareness. Thanks to social media campaigns and increased public awareness, most people now know that breast cancer is among the leading causes of death among women. This awareness video will be distributed during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as part of a social media campaign, reminding women to get annual mammograms for early detection.

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with 17,400 votes, placing sixth in the national contest. It also spurred other videos at WPSD-TV and The Paducah Sun.

Pink Glove Dance History

For the staff and students, it’s personal!

The original Pink Glove Dance video, sponsored by pink glove manufacturer Medline Industries Inc., premiered in 2009, featuring a Portland, Ore., hospital, with 13 million views on YouTube. The next year, 17 facilities participated in videos. Last year, WBH was one of 135 participants. Its first entry in the national contest has been viewed more than 32,000 times,

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“Whether it was the housekeeper or the CEO, when they put on those pink gloves, they turned into video stars,” said Dona Rains, Director of Marketing and Planning at Western Baptist. “WBH has been overwhelmed with the response of its employees and the community. We were moved most by our breast cancer survivors who danced with the greatest enthusiasm.”

This year’s Pink Glove Dance was produced by Murray State’s digital media crew. It features more than 130 hospital and university staff, and students, as well as MSU basketball coach Steve Prohm and members of the Murray State band and dance team – all wearing pink gloves! “When we saw the original video two years ago, we felt a


real connection – not only because we care for families affected by breast cancer, but also because we have so many employees touched by breast cancer themselves,” said Rains.

finished 6th in the national video competition. The hospital is asking people to “like” their video as the top three vote-getters in the U.S. will receive a donation, up to $10,000, in their name to the breast cancer charity of their choice.

This year’s video – to Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” – starts with the survivor’s diagnosis from the doctor. Get a mammogram! The lyrics “Days like this I want to Remember that now is the time Video star Patty Harrison, R.N., with surgical staff drive away” match her mood, but to schedule your mammogram. caregivers, survivors and friends on a nearby college cam- Early detection can save your life! v pus convince her that hope is the “…part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me.” The video stars 43-year-old nurse, Patty Harrison, diagnosed seven years ago. She is grateful to be cancer-free, thanks to early detection and treatment. She danced despite her shyness hoping her courage would inspire others. Shari Wallis, senior phlebotomist in the Women’s Center, appeared in the video one day after a chemotherapy treatment. She proudly removed her baseball cap during the dance to reveal her bald head, a result of the chemotherapy. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in May, had a lumpectomy in June and will finish her chemo in November. “I just wanted to bring awareness to breast cancer,” Wallis said about appearing in the video. “My mom had breast cancer, so it runs in our family. Having chemo and working hasn’t really been that hard so far. I’m going to beat this.”

How you can vote The WBH and MSU video will be posted on www.pinkglovedance.com on October 12th. Viewers vote for their favorite Pink Glove Dance and of course, we hope you’ll vote for WBH and Murray State! Viewers can vote once daily via Facebook through October 26. Last year, Western Baptist

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Paducah Symphony Orchestra Musical Education 2012-2013

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ccording to the National Association for Music Education, high schools with music programs have a graduation rate of 90.2% while schools without music programs have only a 72.9% graduation rate. Studying music in school and participating in music programs provides students with both academic and social benefits. “Paducah is a wonderful community in which to live,” said Amy Allen, owner of Harmony Road music school and Education Committee Chairperson on the Paducah Symphony Orchestra Board. “Area wide music exposure for our children has increased under the leadership of the PSO because of dedicated teachers and generous sponsors with whom we work. Everyone can enjoy music in some capacity. It is a language all its own, and it is our hope that in the years to come, we may see every child become proficient at speaking and understanding it, whether through playing an instrument, singing, or as an engaged listener.”

The PSO offers a wide range of community outreach each year. The music education program includes:

Free Student Ticket Any student may request a free ticket to a regular season concert, with the exception of the December concert, subject to availability. Arrangements are made through the PSO office, or by completing a ticket voucher at the Carson Center box office within 2 hours of the concert.

Musical Chairs On Friday evening rehearsals before a Symphony Concert, students are invited to sit in extra chairs placed among the Orchestra members. In this way, students experience the music from the vantage point of a Paducah Symphony Orchestra member. This program is sponsored by Ethan Allen Design Center.

The Paducah Symphony Youth Orchestra Last year the Symphony began a Youth String Orchestra and they are thrilled to report that it has blossomed into full Youth Orchestra for the 2012/13 season. The Paducah Symphony Youth Orchestra program is comprised of two groups – the Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Sinfonia Preparatory String Orchestra. Placement in these groups is by audition and the outstanding young instrumentalists are able to perform in a Christmas Concert, at the PSO Sing-Off competition event, in a Spring Concert, and at various run-out concerts throughout the season. They are the only youth orchestra who play sideby-side with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra.

Young Artist Competition Held in early 2013, the competition showcases the best young musicians in grades 9 – 12 from KY and surrounding states. Two divisions - one for pianists and one for other instrumentalists – hold auditions to choose a winner who will receive a scholarship and the opportunity to perform with the PSO at one of their season concerts. The Young Artist Competition is sponsored by Coca-Cola.

Maestro Visits Artistic Director & Conductor Raffaele Ponti leads several complimentary clinics, master classes, audition prep classes, and lectures for students throughout the area. Schools may request a visit from Maestro Ponti through the PSO Office. 82 • October2012 www.purchaseparenting.com


High School Senior Musician Awards The PSO gives a certificate award to the outstanding high school senior in vocal music and instrumental music divisions in each area school. Music teachers at each high school help choose the recipient of the award, usually presented at each school’s Senior Honors Day in the spring of each year.

Ensembles in Schools A brass quintet, a string quartet, and other small ensembles, each composed of PSO Symphony members, are available for classroom performances or school assemblies. These groups also give commentary on their instruments and styles of music played. Individual schools arrange for ensemble performances through the PSO office and pay a fee for the concert that partially covers the cost. This program is underwritten by Ronald McDonald House Charities

PSO Children’s Chorus The Paducah Symphony Children’s Chorus is the only children’s chorus in our region to perform with a professional orchestra. The group consists of two ensembles; the PSO Children’s Chorus (grades 3-8) and the PSO Youth Chorus (grades 9-12) and are chosen by audition to perform under the direction of Dr. Brad Almquist and Dr. Amy Aucoin. Performances include the PSO Christmas & Holiday POPS concert, a Winter Concert, and a Spring Concert.Additionally, they also perform at various community club meetings and events.

selection to explain the historical, cultural, and geographical significance of each composer. Additionally, an Instrument Petting Zoo will be available before and after the performances; reservations required.

Musical Story Time Once again this year the PSO and the McCracken County Public Library (MCLIB) are partnering for Musical Story Time, a program designed to promote music and literacy. Library Storytellers and PSO Musicians perform a reading of a selected book with music at schools. The programs goals are to motivate reading, to enhance comprehension, to explore music and instruments, and to encourage creativity. The program is designed for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Fall 2012: Presenting the "J. Sebastian Bach Edition", featuring Bach's life story, his music, and student participation. Bach Family Reunion for 3rd-5th grades – where kids will become part of the show are they pose as the Bach Rock band. A copy of the featured book, Johann Sebastian Bach by Mike Venezia, will be given by the MCLIB to each participating classroom along with a CD of Mozart's music to be used as each teacher desires. Spring 2013: Presenting the "Bach Dog on Counterpoint Edition" featuring library friend Bob Dog who will participate with musicians and storytellers in bringing Bach's music into the 21st Century. The program is designed for Head Start and K-2nd grades. For these younger children, Retta Folsom has again written a special book entitles Rock with Mr. JS Bach.

“Where In The World Is The Symphony?” Brought to you through the Carson Center Class Act Series, March 14, 2013 Take a musical journey to places far and wide and experience several well-known symphonic excerpts from world famous composers including Bizet, Beethoven, Copland, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and more! Maestro Ponti gives students a tour of the orchestra and interacts with the audiences before each

This program is made possible by an anonymous matching grant, several local donors and volunteers. It is supported in part by the Kentucky Arts Council, the City of Paducah, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information please contact Paducah Symphony Orchestra at 201 Broadway, Paducah at (270) 444-0065 or email info@paducahsymphony.org. Their web site is www.paducahsymphony.org. v www.purchaseparenting.com October2012 • 83


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