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any people tell me I don’t look my age. I won’t make any secret of the fact that I love that! Frankly, I work at keeping myself fit and dressing youthfully. I enjoy being able to do things that some women half my age struggle with. For instance, I like to ride my bike, and I pride myself that I can still go ten or twelve miles over mixed terrain, that includes some steep hills and gravel trails. I may be over fifty but I’m not ‘over the hill’!
I don’t mind admitting that when my grandson, Elijah, was born I was not too thrilled about the title of Grandma – it definitely conjured up visions of a grey haired older lady in a
rocking chair! I did not want to be labeled ‘Old’! I soon realized I was not alone: Lots of my baby-boomer friends had children when they were in their early 20’s. And those children had children in their early 20’s…which has led to a whole lot of forty something grannies! As most of us don’t want to be reminded that we now fall into the same category as our own grandmothers we’re come up with a long list of creative names: Meemaw, Meme, Mamaw, and probably one of the most popular Nana. I tried on the title when he was born and it seemed to be a good fit, so I am Nana Karen. Eli is now eleven and this summer he made his first solo flight to visit ‘the Funnana’. That’s what he calls me – I am the fun Nana! I will take him to Crash Comics to buy Magic cards; in fact I am willing to learn to how to play with them. I will let him play Minecraft on my computer and eat ice cream straight from the tub. I will buy him new sneakers (even if he doesn’t really need them) and have a couple of Carl Heisen books waiting when he gets here. (He really likes Chomp and Flush.) We always have a lot of fun together. But the ‘Funnana’ outdid herself this visit. We went to the City Museum in St. Louis; the one we featured in last month’s issue. It was more fun than we could have imagined from the pictures…amazing place. But it’s full of places to climb, crawl, and scoot through – well not just through: Over, under, around and into would be a more accurate description. And the ‘Funnana’ had to join in! Up there in the cage, waiting for Eli to take a picture, I took a moment to reflect: This time last year I was in a hospital bed on chemo and wondering if I would live until Christmas. There I was, having a blast, three stories up in a small cage tunnel, surrounded by hundreds of children and adults - and feeling really alive! Thanks Eli for making sure the ‘Funnana’ had fun!
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tableofcontents features Center Stage Dance Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Cream of the Crop by: Laura K . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 WKCTC Arts in Focus by: Crystal Engler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Market House Theater by: Crystal Engler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Big Brown Truck Pull by: Jamie Lober . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66
Fibromyalgia by: Dr. Heath Schipp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
seniorspot Senior Exercise by: Parkview Nursing & Rehabilitation . . . 64
Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
You’re Invited to Community Bible Study by: Robin Gericke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Importance of Regular Eye Examinations for Your Child by: Kelly S. Bugg, O.D.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
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communityevents PSO Youth Chorus and Orchestra by: Crystal Engler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Your Quilt Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Class Acts 2012 by: Robin Gericke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp by: Western Baptist Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
timelytips 10 Tips for Successful Shopping at a Consignment Sale by: Jennifer Upton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
fatherhoodfodder Twisted Sister: Siblings in Conflict by: Rick Epstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
schoolnotes Interactive Music=Communication Skills + Brain Power by: Amy Allen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
growinggarden Hostas- Thriving in Dapple Shade by: Carol C. Ullerich . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
endingnotes Budget Busters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Advertiserâ€™s Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Snapshots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
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Brad Rankin Cover Models: Addi Lister (2) Isabelle Jeffords (5), Isabelle Mille (6), Clara Elliott (6), Aaron Perrault (7) and Audrey Phillips (4).
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isa Hill, Owner and Principal Dance Teacher at Center Stage Dance Studio, is very excited – she’s going on her first cruise! Lisa and her daughters Kim and Kristin, also instructors at the studio, were awarded the prize for Top Studio at this year’s Kids Artistic Review nationals in Las Vegas. Kim and Lisa were also recognized as ‘Teachers of the Year’. This prestigious recognition of Hill’s success and experience, as both a dance instructor and studio owner, can be added to a long list of awards she has received over the years. Over forty schools from all over the country competed at the competition. A group dance from Center Stage was also awarded ‘Most Entertaining’. “This was a tremendous honor for me,” Hill told me. “I felt truly honored to be recognized by my peers.” Center Stage has appeared on the cover of this magazine for several years. This year’s budding young dancers, featured on the cover, are Addi Lister (2) Isabelle Jeffords (5), Isabelle Miller (6), Clara Elliott (6), Aaron Perrault (7) and Audrey Phillips (4). “As you can see we have students of all ages,” Lisa Hill told me. Hill was born and raised in Paducah. “I started dancing when I was 6-years-old, but a lot of the children begin at 3. Lisa’s love of dance may have begun as a child but it blossomed during her college years. “When I thought about opening up a dance studio I remembered back to my first dance class,” Hill told me. “I was so excited to go to a dance class! I want to create that same feeling of positive energy and happiness for all my students. It’s wonderful to be able to connect with my students and share my love of dance with them!”
Center Stage Dance Studio is located inside Energy Fitness on New Holt Road in Paducah. “It’s a great location for our families and dancers,” Hill explained. “Parents can choose to work out while their child is dancing, or siblings can take a gym or martial arts class from the schools located in the complex. Child care is also available on site. If they wish to stay and watch their child’s class we have a private viewing room where parents can watch through a large, ‘one way’ observation window. Our families really like all the amenities that this location has to offer.” The school has something for everyone from the young child who just wants to enjoy the art of dance to the very serious, career oriented dancer. The studio teaches Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Musical Theater, and Hip Hop. Dance is often the very first thing that young children experience and therefore one of the first classes in which they participate. Students as young as two and half-years-old can enroll at Center Stage, although parents should be guided by the child’s level of maturity and development. (They must be able to leave Mom and dad for at least 50 minutes.) At this age the children experience dance and music at a beginner’s level in a fun filled environment. They will also participate in the year end recital. “Most of us are born with basic flexibility,” Hill explained. “But, as we grow we use those skills less and less. Young boys in particular, can really benefit from the stretching, balance, coordination and strengthening that dance teaches them. As they get older and participate in sports, these skills will reduce injuries and help their performance. Dance also teaches concentration, multi-tasking, patience, ‘active listening’ and helps student follow instruction. Consequently, students that become involved with the arts usually maintain good academic scores.” While most parents want their children to participate in extracurricular activities it can be hard to find the time for children’s sports and dance lessons etc., especially if it involves a heavy emphasis on the tournaments and competitions that may also be part of those commitments. Center Stage offers classes for those who are looking for fun and creativity. Classes are well-defined, nurturing and provide good technical instruction. As the children get older and the opportunity for competitive dance enters the picture, parents must decide if they are able to commit the necessary time for their child to participate. “It’s not necessary for every student to be in a competition team,” Hill reiterated. “Most just want their children to enjoy learning to dance. What’s important is that every student knows they are an integral part of the school.” “The instruction at Center Stage is based on instilling motivation and self-esteem in every student. They can be part of a competitive dance team without auditioning. Center Stage does not impose limits on our students; participation is based on commitment and desire.” Center Stage has developed students who, as adults, have become professional dancers and have performed from New York to Europe, in both stage shows and professional dance companies. “But we’re just as happy to provide instruction to children who come to dance for fun,” Hill said. “We now have a recreational dance company that gives kids who haven’t had as much experience, or don’t wish to commit to being in a ‘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.’
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competition troupe, the opportunity to perform and be on a team. We perform locally and attend competitions to give the students a taste of a higher level of performance.” Center Stage Dance Studio is family owned and operated. Hill is a foster parent and is the proud mom of eight children. With so much parenting experience she feels she has a good idea of how to work with children of all ages. “My adult children, Kristin and Kim also teach with me: Both are National Dance Champions. They teach Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theater and Hip Hop to the younger students under my direction. As a family we want to give back to the community,” Hill told me with a smile. “My daughters and I volunteer our services whenever we can.” Hill is the instructor for the Paducah Tilghman Color Guard, ‘Band of Blue’. “The community has so graciously supported the dance school over the years,” she told me. “I am really proud to say we are locally owned.” Although Hill teaches many of her own classes, she relies on the assistance of her adult daughters and her Ballet Mistress, Ms. Stacy Stahl. Stahl has 30 years of teaching experience in many forms of dance and currently specializes in teaching Ballet and Pointe. She holds a bachelors degree in performing arts with an emphasis in dance. Hill is also assisted by Steve Saunders, a graduate of Murray State University, as well as Daniel Baine, (from Illinois); both teach Hip Hop. Hill also brings in guest instructors, giving the Center Stage students additional opportunities to learn new skills. This September California dance instructor Bill Langley, together with Debbie Daniel-Wells from Atlanta, will be guest teachers. The students will also benefit from instructor Kirstin Hawk, a Jazz teacher from Nashville, who will provide additional instruction to the competition team. In October Melissa Stokes, originally from Paducah, will again return to teach some classes. Hill also brings in select instructors during the remainder of the season. Parents who send their children to dance classes at Center Stage Dance Studio can be assured that their children are in a safe and wholesome environment. “I pay close attention to both music choices and content,” Hill told me. “This ensures that they are age appropriate for the children in each class. I believe it’s possible to have very current dance routines without incorporating moves that might be inappropriate for a younger child. I work with impressionable young people and my dances are a reflection of the family values that I hold.”
Center Stage Dance Studio will hold their classes inside Energy Fitness, 2343 New Holt Road in Paducah. Fall registration is being held as follows: Saturday July 28th & August 4th Sunday July 29th & August 5th Monday July 30th & August 6th
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Classes are held from the last week of August until the end of May each year. Both group classes and individual private lessons are available. Mention this article and get August classes FREE and a discount on September classes. Center Stage will also be offering classes at the Joe Creason Center in Benton and the Mayfield, YMCA for the convenience of parents and student who live closer to that facility. Registration for those locations can be done over the phone. For a schedule of classes or to ask specific questions please contact Lisa Hill at (270) 554-8055. 10 • August2012 www.purchaseparenting.com
At the end of each class season, Center Stage Dance Studio holds a two-day recital. “I know many dance schools have all their performances on one evening,” Lisa explained, but it can take several hours for all the students and classes to perform. Performing on two days allows them more opportunity to come and see what we have taught the children during the year. Additionally, a lengthy recital makes it difficult for the younger children to go on stage at the finale. They miss out on the final bow,” she explained. The cast party is held at Chuck E Cheese! In early August, Center stage will launch a great new website where you can see pictures of the children taken at competitions and recitals. The class schedule and descriptions are also available on the site. Hill has started a Facebook page where Center Stage families and dancers can post comments, ask questions and share information with each other. The page is private to protect the children and to allow for open communication between students. v
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By: Crystal Engler
n addition to excellent academic preparation, West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) offers many exciting events for students and community members to appreciate and enjoy. This year, the WKCTC Clemens Fine Arts Center showcases speakers, exhibits,, activities, and performances to suit everybody's tastes. I spoke with Gail Robinson Butler, Director of the Clemens Fine Arts Center at WKCTC, about this year's line-up. "We're offering such a rich diversity of programs this year,” she told me. “It’s exciting to note that the more educational components we add each year, the more people we can serve."
music and pop/rock. Each section brings to life iconic tap moments of the past and creates brand new moments that amaze audiences. James Wesley will be performing on November 3 at 7:30 pm. His first three singles, Jackson Hole, Real and Didn't I were Billboard hits. Walking Contradiction is his latest single. Wesley has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, the CMA Music
The Arts in Focus Series is set to begin on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm with TAP – The Show. This cast of award-winning dancers and singers travels seamlessly over decades of styles from Broadway and big band to world
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Festival and shared the stage with Taylor Swift, Ronnie Dunn, Thompson Square and Randy House. Chris Janson, newly signed to Bigger Picture Group Label, will open the show. Janson is an accomplished singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
On November 10 at 7:30 pm, the popular musical Ain’t Misbehavin’, appears on the Clemens stage. It features 30 numbers from the Fats Waller songbook. With a five-member cast and a six-piece band backing them, this musical is a must see for everyone. The Harlem Gospel Choir, will be featured on February 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm. From the heart of Harlem in New York City, the choir travels the world to showcase their talent. They have performed for Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI. “The Harlem Gospel Choir is an 18 • August2012 www.purchaseparenting.com
international phenomenon,” Butler told me. “They're considered African American ambassadors for the United States." Stringfever is scheduled for March 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm. They feature artists Giles, Ralph, Graham and Neal Broadbent. This string quartet includes electric instruments to produce a truly unique sound.
One Book, One Campus, One Community Read is an event that happens only every other year. This year's selection, Half Broke Horses, is NY Times best-selling author Jeanette Walls' book. "The One Book Read is a huge thing for WKCTC,” explained Butler. “This is the third event at our college. We've been able to collaborate with the community and have many partners including McCracken County Public Library, McCracken and Paducah Public School Districts,
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The Acting Company presents Of Mice and Men on April 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm. This performance is a tragic tale of two drifters and is one of the most widely read stories in America. The Acting Company performs each year in over 40 cities to audiences of 70,000 and has been given many awards including the Obie and a TONY for Excellence in Theater. The New York Times said, “The Acting Company endures as the major touring classical theater in the United States.”
McNet Library Network and numerous campus partners. We're very proud of this event, because the college is indeed about education." On March 14 and 15, 2013 Walls will conduct a two-day residency in which she will speak to WKCTC students and faculty, regional high school students, and the community. She will also be present at a book signing.
"This is something we've been working on (getting at WKCTC) for several years,” Butler said. “We're really excited about this performance. The cast will also be doing educational activities such as workshops which will be free to our students and community members." The Clemens Center will also present a series called Back Stage Pass, which is a coffee house series. "I really enjoy this series,” Butler told me. “We set the stage up to look like a coffee house and seat approximately 100 people on stage with the performers. The purpose is to enjoy a laid back, fun evening. This year, we will feature jazz, R and B, classic rock, Americana, folk, and original song by local and regional song writers. It gives local entertainers a venue to play in where people come for the music." Tickets are $6 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets please call, 270-534-3212 or visit www.artsinfocus.org. v 20 • August2012 www.purchaseparenting.com
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Fibromyalgia by Dr. Heath Schipp Active Care Chiropractic
ibromyalgia is a common syndrome of aching, stiffness, and pain of the muscles and bones for greater than 3 months duration. The palpation of the multiple tender points reproduces tenderness in the absence of significant pathology. The condition is associated with headaches, stiffness and swelling, fatigue, dysmenorrhea and sleep problems. Fibromyalgia is a common problem that affects 3.7 million Americans. Almost 90% of Fibromyalgia patients are women, who are usually between 40-50 years old. The syndrome costs Americans more than $10 billion annually. Fibromyalgia is a recently identified syndrome. It was not until 1993 that the World Health Organization officially recognized Fibromyalgia as a disease. These factors cause Fibromyalgia to be a commonly misdiagnosed condition. Many practitioners donâ€™t know the criteria needed to properly diagnose
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Fibromyalgia. In addition, the criteria needed for diagnosis are very subjective. Lab testing such as x-rays and blood tests will reveal very little. The average Fibromyalgia patient visits more than 5 medical practitioners, spends thousands of dollars, and has symptoms for 5 years before an accurate diagnosis is made. There are many different treatments for this syndrome and they vary widely in their effectiveness. Fibromyalgia is a disease that is characterized by two main criteria. The first one is that the patient must have widespread pain that has been present for at least 3 months. Pain is only considered widespread if it is found on both sides of the body, above and below the waist, and in the skeleton. The second criteria is that pain must be present in 11 of 18 tender points on palpation. These points are located at the base of the head, low neck, second rib, above the elbow, in the gluteal region, at the top of the hip, and in the middle of the knee.
The cause of all Fibromyalgia is unknown, so treating this disease can be difficult. All of the treatments have limitations and many have very little evidence backing their effectiveness. In a study of both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions, less than half of the patients had adequate symptom relief. Some of the most common treatments are drug therapy, chiropractic adjustment with soft tissue ischemic compression, stress management, acupuncture, exercise, and education. Chiropractic can be effective in managing Fibromyalgia. In Hainâ€™s study, patients showed a drop of pain intensity (77.1%), an enhanced quality of sleep (63.5%), and less fatigue (74.8%). The reasoning behind using chiropractic for management is because adjusting can inhibit pain, relax paraspinal muscles, break articular adhesions, and increase the range of motion. Exercises such as aerobic dance, stationary cycling and aerobic walking can help with treatment. Fibromyalgia is commonly misdiagnosed, and when it is diagnosed properly many patients are put on treatments that are appear to have little effect on the symptoms or may not have been researched specifically for this disease. Many people find that their medication is not very effective. Fortunately, some studies have shown chiropractic to be an effective form of treatment. Exercise in combination with other treatments and acupuncture have also been shown to be effective. Patient education and stress reduction may additionally relieve some of the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Consult your chiropractor if you think you could be suffering from Fibromyalgia. v www.purchaseparenting.com August2012 â€˘ 23
Hosta - Thriving in Dappled Shade by Carol C. Ullerich Purchase Area Master Gardeners
recently returned from my first convention of the American Hosta Society. I was one of about 400 gardeners who gathered for five days of lectures, tours and frivolity devoted to hosta - the worldâ€™s most popular perennial according to The American Nurseryman magazine. The highlight of the get-together was a competitive show featuring hosta leaves, containers, artistic designs, and troughs. Of course, there was also an opportunity to buy newly introduced hostas like H. â€˜One Iota,â€™ a recent addition to the Mouse Ears Series of miniature hostas, as well as garden stalwarts like slug-resistant H. sieboldiana â€˜Frances Williams.â€™ I quickly realized hosta aficionados donâ€™t limit themselves to hostas, they also grow daylilies, ferns, coral bells, really any plant that thrives in morning sun with afternoon shade and ample water.
Size Matters The American Hosta Society classifies hostas according to leaf size. The leaf of a giant hosta will cover 120 square inches (length multiplied by width) or more; the leaf of a miniature hosta covers less than six square inches. Between the two extremes are large, medium and small leaved hostas. Giant hostas, like H. â€˜Sum and Substanceâ€™, stun garden visitors with their sheer size - of both leaves and girth. Growing the perfect giant hosta is tough because thereâ€™s lots of surface space for slugs, snails and hail to damage. Despite the allure of giant hostas, thereâ€™s something strangely hypnotic about the minis. Interest in the little fellas surged in 1996 with the introduction of H. â€˜Pandoraâ€™s Boxâ€™. Every collector had to have one. Recognizing the publicâ€™s clamor for smaller hostas, hybridizers responded by bringing several small and miniature hostas to the marketâ€”26 of them in 2008 alone.
There are at least five series of minis. BEWARE! Like potato chips, once you begin collecting minis, you wonâ€™t stop. And luckily, or not, their small size makes it easy to find room for just one more. Iâ€™m partial to the Mouse Ears Series with its thickly textured, rounded heart-shaped leaves. Hardy in zones 3-9, they prefer partial to full shade. Some are green, some are blue, and still others are variegated. They have cute names like â€˜Cat and Mouseâ€™, â€˜Blue Mouse Earsâ€™ and â€˜Mouse Trap.â€™ In June, the series numbered 23, but as mice are known to multiplyâ€”the series is probably larger today.
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Hostas grow in clumps and foliage is their calling card in the U.S. They are native to Japan, China and Korea where they are grown both for their ornamental value, and as food for a growing population. These undemanding plants have few pests, other than slugs and snails, but do attract browsing deer. They are shade-tolerant, but not shade-loving. They require some sun.
To accentuate minis, elevate them to at least hand level so they can be seen and admired. Use them in container gar-
dens and raised beds. Growing hostas in containers provides some protection from burrowing varmints and moisture-stealing tree roots. Remember to group miniatures in a single bed so they arenâ€™t lost amid larger plants. Minis need extra attention in winter to prevent heaving and crown damage. Their delicate roots make them easy to divide and most donâ€™t even require a knife; Just separate them with your hands. Minis also seem to increase in size rapidly. Dividing them every two or three years will keep them small and cute.
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there will be red ones too. The introduction of red into hostas is the brainchild of Bob Solberg of Green Hill Farm in North Carolina. We’ve already seen red petioles (the stem that holds up the leaf; i.e. H. ‘Curly Fries’) and the beginning of red in the hosta leaf was unveiled at the June convention. Solberg predicted red hosta blooms are in our future too.
Hostas for Impact Many gardeners have hosta collections, one each of several varieties. But, massing the same hosta (3 or more) can make an impressive show. Don’t crowd the plants, give most at least a foot apiece to allow for growth. Combine a large rock with a large hosta and a small hosta for an unexpected twist on the traditional grouping of three items. Create a border of hostas with H. ‘Lemon Lime’ along a curved edge to make a bed cohesive and mimic flowing water. I suggest planting hostas on a berm to accentuate their height.
Growing Tips Water is the most important element for healthy hostas so don’t skimp! Solberg recommends using a slow release granular fertilizer in combination with foliar feeding. “You can use a 20-20-20 formulation or one with a higher nitrogen amount (the first number) but try to find one that hassome added Magnesium. It is best to apply this bonus fertilizer just as the second set of hosta leaves are starting to flush, or 4-6 weeks after the hostas emerge. This little extra boost will help that second set of leaves expand to a size similar to those first big leaves.” Cornelia Holland, President of the Middle Tennessee Hosta Society, grows hostas of monstrous proportion thanks to foliar feedings of tomato food. Late August is a perfect time to transplant hostas. Finish four to six weeks before the first frost (predicted for midOctober in Western Kentucky, but who knows with our unpredictable weather). Get them in the ground early enough to allow growth of new roots. Hostas go dormant in winter so they won’t produce new roots until they leaf out next spring. Water plants well before the first frost and add a layer of mulch to protect hosta crowns and moderate soil temperatures. v
Carol Ullerich is President of PAMGA, a member of the Garden Writer’s Association, and a frequent contributor to Purchase Parenting & Family magazine.
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PSO Youth Chorus and Orchestra â€“ Outstanding Musical Experiences by Crystal Engler Purchase Parenting & Family Staff
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. ~Aldous Huxley
Music can do many things: I've seen it move people to tears, provoke memories, and bring joy to the young and old alike. It can increase I.Q., open up the mind, and give children an outlet for creative expression. The Paducah Symphony Orchestra (PSO) knows this and they have big plans this year for the youth in our area. There are many activities, groups, and events that will provide outstanding musical experiences.
Children's Chorus The PSO Children's Chorus is the only children's chorus in the region to perform with a professional orchestra. There
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are two ensembles: The PSO Children's Chorus (grades 3-8) and the PSO Youth Chorus (grades 9-12). They are chosen by audition to perform under the direction of Dr. Bradley Almquist and Dr. Amy Aucoin. The PSO’s Children's Chorus in an integral part of the annual Christmas Concert; ‘A Christmas Celebration’. The concert will include many fun and familiar holiday favorites. It will take place at the Carson Center on December 8 and you are advised to buy tickets sooner rather than later they have sold out for the past two years. "The Chorus's growth is really exciting” said Amy Allen, Chairperson for the Education Committee at the PSO and owner of Harmony Road Music School. “They had around 80 students last year, and are expecting to top 100 this year. In addition to singing at the PSO Christmas Concert, they will perform at both a winter and spring concert, at civic club meetings, and at events such as the Christmas tree lighting concerts." “It's important for children who are interested in singing to be a part of a group and the PSO Children's Chorus provides that experience,” Allen explained. "There's a social aspect to music that's as important for a child as the love of music. It’s harder for a child to develop discipline when things are done in isolation. However, if you put them in a group and they have fun doing it, they find it really enjoyable and motivating. They get a positive and memorable experience from it.” Nancy Rasche has two children that are in the chorus and she has been very pleased with the positive impact participation has had on her children. "They've developed an appreciation of music that they did not have previously,” Rasche explained. “They've grown as individuals from the training that they've received and have learned to appreciate music as an art. I see kids come in to rehearsals that are shy and afraid of what people might think of them, and they leave with a smile on their faces. It just changes the kids and a lot of their parents too. The Paducah Symphony Orchestra really reaches out to all walks of life." 28 • August2012 www.purchaseparenting.com
Auditions for the PSO Children’s Chorus will take place on Thursday, August 9th at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, August 16th at 5:00 p.m., Saturday August 18th at 10:00 a.m., and Thursday August 23rd at 5:00 p.m. If necessary, there will also be auditions on August 30th. Rehearsals take place at First Presbyterian every Thursday at 6:00 pm beginning on Thursday, August 16. Auditions can be scheduled by calling the PSO Office at (270) 444-0065. For more information about the PSO Children’s Chorus and Youth Chorus, please visit PaducahSymphony.org.
Youth Orchestra After much thought and discussion, the PSO has made a commitment to funding a full youth orchestra. The Paducah Symphony Youth Orchestra will consist of strings, woodwind, brass, and percussion. To accommodate different levels of musical ability there will be both an advanced youth orchestra and a preparatory string youth orchestra. Auditions will be held in the early fall with an audition workshop also planned to help students prepare for auditions and performances. "Students will have an opportunity to work with professional musicians from the PSO as they prepare tough spots in a piece,” Allen explained. If there is enough support for this type of workshop, we will try to continue offering them throughout the season.
The Paducah Symphony Youth Orchestra and Sinfonia String Orchestra will perform in several concerts throughout the season: these include a Christmas Concert, a preconcert performance at the PSO regular season Christmas concert, a Side-by-Side performance with the PSO in the spring, a performance at the PSO Sing-Off event in April, and a Spring Concert. “The opportunities afforded to the outstanding young vocal and instrumental musicians who are a part of the PSO Choral and Orchestra groups are really growing,” summarized Allen. “To perform on the stage of the Carson Center, and with the tremendously talented PSO musicians, is exciting for a student. To make friends with like-minded youth from other schools and to share the love of music and the discipline of rehearsing a piece until it’s mastered is very satisfying. To mature as a musician, while being mentored by professional educators, and then to turn around and fill the role of mentor to a younger student is extremely purposeful and fulfilling. It is really so very well worth all the time and practice that is required for membership. We hope we will see many more students each year taking advantage of the fun!” For more information, contact the Paducah Symphony Orchestra at (270) 444-0065 or www.paducahsymphony.org. v
The first rehearsals of the new Youth Orchestra and Sinfonia, the name of the Preparatory String Orchestra, are scheduled for September 9th and 10th. The advanced youth orchestra will meet on Sunday afternoons and the preparatory youth orchestra will meet on Monday evenings. “Last year, we offered a string program only, and the students who participated really grew and enjoyed the season,” Allen explained. “There was energy and enthusiasm that has inspired our education efforts toward adding another dimension with full Paducah Symphony Youth Orchestra (PSYO), complete with all the families of the orchestra. “Most schools are not able to do that. Having the PSYO will be an opportunity for kids in all the area schools to come together to play and experience that full symphonic sound." Patty Story, Principal Viola with the PSO and music teacher at St. Mary’s School, was the conductor of last season’s youth string program for the PSO. "I think the benefits of playing in any kind of musical ensemble are fantastic for children interested in music,” said Story. “You're working with a different language - music - but it's also a very sociable thing to do. As a teacher I really see the benefits for children who are not athletically inclined but want to be part of a group. This is an opportunity to socialize and belong to a group who enjoys doing something you enjoy. I would like to say to both our students and the audience: Come as you are to the orchestra; leave a changed person." www.purchaseparenting.com August2012 • 29
eventscalendar To place an event in the calendar please call (270) 415-9400 or email us at email@example.com. Submissions will be accepted until the 15th of each month prior to publication.
August WEDNESDAY 1 Off the Shelf Discussion: Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. 12:00 Noon. 2nd Floor Meeting Room, McCracken County Library. www.mclib.net
THURSDAY 2 FRIDAY 3 Shawn Klush and the Sweet Inspirations Elvis tribute. 7:30 PM. The Carson Center. www.thecarsoncenter.org
Little Ms. and Mr. Paducah Pageant. 11:00 AM. . Registration 10:00 AM, Silent Auction 9:00 AM. Paducah Recreation Center. 1527 Martin Luther King Drive, Paducah. 6 girl age divisions, 3 boy age divisions. Contact Earline Timmons at firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-331-0034.
THURSDAY 9 Annual Dog Swim. 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. Noble Park Pool. Some restrictions for dogs/handlers. Call 270-444-8508 for info. The Pajama Party Murders. www.mhtplay.com
Market House Theatre.
FRIDAY 10 The 48 Hour Film Project Kickoff. 6:00 PM. Maiden Alley Cinema. Come see the teams draw their genre and begin the journey to complete a film in 48 hours. www.maidenalleycinema.com The Pajama Party Murders. 6:30 PM. Market House Theatre. www.mhtplay.com
SATURDAY 11 Hooked on Science Back to School Science Show. 1:00 PM. Center Court, Kentucky Oaks Mall. Children of all ages welcome. The Pajama Party Murders. 6:30 PM. Market House Theatre. www.mhtplay.com
Health and Safety Expo. 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Center Court, Kentucky Oaks Mall. www.kentuckyoaksmall.com
Paducah Improv presents: No Regrets. 8:00 PM. The Carson Center. www.thecarsoncenter.org
Back to School Celebration Fashion Show. 1:00 PM. Center, Court, Kentucky Oaks Mall.
SUNDAY 5 MONDAY 6 TUESDAY 7 Tool Box Series "Integrated Pest Management Refresher". 5:00 PM. McCracken County Extension Office. 270-554-9520.
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MONDAY 13 Faith in Film Presents Of Gods and Men. 6:30 PM. Maiden Alley Cinema. www.maidenalleycinema.com
TUESDAY 14 WEDNESDAY 15
Annual Day with McCracken County Homemakers. Call 554-9520 for info.
FRIDAY 17 SATURDAY 18 SUNDAY 19 MONDAY 20 TUESDAY 21
Film Brew presents Raising Arizona. 7:00 PM. Maiden Alley Cinema. www.maidenalleycinema.com
An Evening Upstairs: Jack Johnston presents a history of the Disaster Emergency Service Rescue Squad. 7:00 PM. 2nd Floor Meeting Room, McCracken County Public Library. www.mclib.net
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2nd Annual Daymar College Fast and Furriest 5K and Fun Run. Pre-registraiton 6:30 AM - 7:30 AM. Race at 8:00 AM. All proceeds go to Project HOpe NoKill Animal Shelter. Friendly dogs welcome to attend! Please muzzle per city ordinance. Register online at active.com or download entry at www.facebook.com/ fastfurriest5K. Call Paige Adams for info 270-444-9950.
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Castles and Dragsons Story Time. 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. McCracken County Library. www.mclib.net Wednesday 29 Thursday 30 Friday 31
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Art Galleries, Exhibitions & Museums: 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 THROUGH AUGUST 4: Paducah Photo 2012 Juried Exhibition. Yeiser Art Center. 200 Broadway in Paducah. www.theyeiser.org
THROUGH SEPT 11: The Exquisite Stitch – 200 years of HandQuilting. National Quilt Museum. www.quiltmuseum.org Second Saturdays Gallery Walk . Visit Lowertown’s great galleries and studios on the second Saturday. 12PM – 8 PM. Apprenticeship for Artists. Ages 13+. Ongoing. Paducah Parks Department. 444-8508. 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 . 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. 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. 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.
National Quilt Museum. 215 Jefferson Street. For more, call 442-8856. www.nationalquiltmuseum.org. Scheduled school groups of 10 or more are free.
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eventscalendar 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 5755477. 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.
Religious Services & Meetings: Amazing Grace Lutheran Church - 270-554-5256 or 270-443-7787 amazinggracelutheranpaducah.org firstname.lastname@example.org Meets at House of Hope, 2025 Clarkline Road SUNDAY Service: 10 AM
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
from 9 AM -2 PM Call 443-2401 ext. 216 for more information.
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.
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Brooks Pool - 443-1778 - Brooks Pool is open to the community for Year-
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.
Central Church of Christ – 270-442-1017
2201 Washington Street: SUNDAY: Bible Study Classes for all ages 9:30 PM, 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 2nd and 4th TUESDAYS: "Dorcas Day" Clothing Give-Away
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
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.
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.
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
Four Rivers Covenant Church – 270-444-6598 or 1-866733-7245 Paducah Campus: 1200 Broadway • Lakes Campus: 109 Main Street, Calvert City SUNDAY: Worship- 9:30 & 11:00AM
Friendship Baptist Church of Paducah - 534-1900
SUNDAY: Sunday School 9:00 AM, Morning Worship 10:15 AM, Evening Worship 6:00 PM. WEDNESDAY: Evening Worship 6:00 PM. .
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
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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
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 - 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
Immanuel Baptist Church - 443-5306 www.immanuel-paducah.org
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
Jesus Christ Little House of Prayer - 898-9875 SUNDAY: Morning Worship 10 AM. Evening Worship 6 PM. THURSDAY: Evening Service. 6:30 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)
Worship Service 10
Margaret Hank Memorial Cumberland Presbyterian Church - 443-3689 www.margarethank.org SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9:30 AM; Worship, 10:30 AM; Evening service, 6 PM
McKendree United Methodist Church - 488-3770 or 488-2444. SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9 AM Worship, 10:30 AM Youth and
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
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
Mt. Sterling Cumberland Presbyterian Church - 618-564-2616
Lone Oak Church of Christ - 554-2511 www.loneoakchurchofchrist.com
Contact:Bro. David LeNeave, email@example.com
SUNDAY: Worship 9
Sunday School 15 minutes after end of worship, Evening Service 6 PM. WEDNESDAY: Bible Study 7 PM AM,
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.
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
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
Youth– 6PM; Children’s Choirs & Prayer Meeting– 6:30 PM Adult Choir & Orchestra Rehearsal – 7:15 PM
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New Covenant Fellowship of Reidland – 898-9664 SUNDAY: Worship Service 10:30 AM
New Geneva Community Church--Paducah – 443-8866 www.ngccarp.org
Rosary Chapel Catholic Church - 444-6383 Rosary@bellsouth.net
New Harvest Church of God www.newharvestchurchpaducah.com
Spring Bayou Baptist Church- Kevil- 462-3014 www.springbayou.com
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church- 554-0473 www.newhopecpchurch.org
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.
SUNDAY: Sunday School - 9:45 AM; Morning Worship & WeeWorship - 10:45 AM; Awana Program - 5 PM; Evening Worship - 6 PM • WEDNESDAY EVENING, 7 PM.
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Grand Rivers, KY 270-362-2171, http://stpiusx.us • Pastor Father Anthoni Ottagan Mass Times: WEDNESDAY 9 AM, FRIDAY at 9 AM, SUNDAY 6 PM
email@example.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
Southland Baptist Temple - 270-444-9678 www.southlandbaptisttemple.com
Oaklawn Baptist Church – 442-1513 www.oaklawnbaptistky.org
AWANA (2 - 6th grade), The Light (7th - 12th grade); 6:45 PM Adult Bible Classes
SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9:45 AM; Worship 11 AM & 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Bible Study 7 PM; God's Children 7 PM
Olivet Baptist Church - 442-3267 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Open Door Baptist Church - 443-6522 www.theopendoorbaptistchurch.com 227 Farley Place, Paducah,
Pastor - Bob Kelley, email@example.com 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.
SUNDAY: 7 - 9 AM Topper's Gospel Show (WKYQ); 9:45 AM Sunday School; 10:45 AM
Worship Service, KidzAlive (3 - 5th grade); 6
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
–FRIDAY: 12:05 PM SATURDAY: 5 PM; SUNDAY: 8:30 at 11
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church – 554-3810. www.stjohn-theevangelist.org Mass Schedule: TUESDAY – SATURDAY: 7:30 AM
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
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.
Palestine Methodist Church Bible School - 270-559-1233 Ogden Landing Road, West Paducah, KY 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org • 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.
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eventscalendar 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
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
West End Baptist Church - 443-1043
Mass Schedule: MONDAY & THURSDAY: 6 PM • TUESDAY & FRIDAY: 7 AM
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
ples group. Call 534-9000 for more information.
Westminster Presbyterian Church - 443-2919
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 cou-
Temple Israel - 442-4104 www.templeisrael.us
FRIDAY: Lay-led Services: 5:30PM; Rabbi-led Services: 7PM
Trinity United Methodist Church - 534-9516 www.trinitypaducah.com
SUNDAY: Sunday School, 9:30AM;Worship 10:30AM;Youth BLAST & The Hub, 46PM (meets 2x/month);Children's Choir, 5:15-6PM TUESDAY:Women's Bible Study 9-11AM & 5:30-8PM WEDNESDAY: Awana (2yr old-5th grade), 57PM;Wired Wednesdays (6th-12th grade), 5:30-7PM;Choir, 6-7PM THURSDAY: Men's Small Group, 6AM, IHOP, Paducah SATURDAY:United Methodist Men 2nd Saturday, 8-9AM, Little Castle, Lone Oak
Twelve Oaks Baptist Church - 554-4634
SUNDAY: Sunday School: 9 AM Worship. 10 AM and 6 PM WEDNESDAY: Awana: 5:30 - 7 PM, Mid-Week Service 6 PM.
Rev. Sharon Murray -www.westminsterpresbyterianpaducah.org
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.
On-Going Community Events & Notices: MONDAY – SATURDAY THROUGH NOVEMBER: Downtown Farmers Market. Riverfront, 2nd and Monroe. www.paducahalliance.org
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.
MONDAY - SUNDAY: Nemo Feedings. Yaya's Island, Jordan Crossing Plaza. 1 PM.
United Central Presbyterian Church – 442-6414
Sunday School 9:45 AM, Sunday Worship 10:45 AM, Nursery provided, service ASL interpreted.
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 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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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.
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. 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 email@example.com St. Nicholas Free Family Clinic desperately needs pharmacists to fill prescriptions in the evenings. For information, email Anita Spurlock at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 575-3247. 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. Cat, dog adoptions, Project Hope “No Kill” Humane Society, 1698 W 10th St, Metropolis IL, 1-618-524-8939.
EVERY BUSINESS DAY: Cat Adoptions, from various humane societies, Pet Adoption Center at PetsMart, (270) 575-9300 SATURDAYS,THROUGH OCTOBER. Cruise-In. Bob’s Drive IN, 2429 Bridge Street, Paducah. Call Neil Ward for information 270-443-6493. 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 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. Jackson Oaks Independent Living Center, 2500 Marshall Avenue 11:30 AM. We will discuss many topics such as ethical wills, passing on important values and bereavement support. For more, contact email@example.com 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.
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.
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eventscalendar 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 270-4422510.
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. TUESDAYS: Two for One Studio Fee. The Clay Chameleon, 4793 Village Square Drive. 10 AM - 7 PM For more, call 270-442-1112. www.claychameleon.com. Come paint with a friend. TUESDAYS: Science Night. McAlister's Deli, 5021 Hinkleville Road. For more information, visit www.hookedonscience.org 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270-366-6183 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 email@example.com. 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. WEDNESDAYS AND SUNDAYS: Shark Feeding. Yaya's Island, Jordan Crossing Plaza. 1:30 PM. For more, call 270-408-9292. THURSDAYS: Story Hour. Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis Street. 11 AM. For more, call 618-524-4312.
THURSDAYS: E-Reader classes led by Patrick Archer at McCracken County Public Library. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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.
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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.
LAST MONDAY OF THE MONTH: 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 270-5752229 to register.
7 PM evening show. Concessions available, games before the show. For more, call Michael Vancura at 270-994-3686.
TUESDAYS IN AUGUST AND SATURDAY AUGUST 11: Childbirth Classes at Jackson Purchase Medical Center. Classes are from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm on Tuesdays and 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday. Participants become familiar with changes in late pregnancy, warning signs in late pregnancy, breast feeding information, labor and delivery, coping techniques and pain control options, cesarean section, hospital policies and procedures, and newborn care. Free, but registration is required at 270251-4580.
Kids & Their Families: School Notes:
WEDNESDAYS, AUGUST 15, 22, 29 AND SEPTEMBER 5TH:
SATURDAYS: Family Movie Entertainment. Traders Mall, theatre. 2 PM matinee,
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.
AUGUST 3 - first day for Mayfield Independent Schools AUGUST 6 - 1/2 day for McCracken County Schools AUGUST 6 - first day for Graves County Schools AUGUST 6 - first day for Marshall County Schools AUGUST 7 - first day for Calloway County Schools AUGUST 8 - first day for Livingston County Schools AUGUST 8 - first day for Lyon County Schools AUGUST 9 - first day for Paducah City Schools AUGUST 9 - first day for Ballard County Schools AUGUST 14 - first day for Massac County (Metropolis, IL)
Diabetes Education Classes. Carlisle County Extension Office. 9:30 AM 12:00 Noon. Call 270628-5458 to register.
TUESDAYS AUGUST 21 AND 28: Smart Beginnings Childbirth Class. Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2, Western Baptist Hospital. 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Free class specifically for pregnant teens or the non-traditional family unit. Call 270575-2229 to register. LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH: Bariatric Support Group in Community Conference Room, Jackson Purchase Medical Center. 6:00 pm. Meeting provides open discussion among those who have had Bariatric Surgery or those interested in the surgery. For more information, call 270-251-4169. FIRST TWO CONSECUTIVE MONDAYS OF EACH MONTH: Diabetes Group
Sessions at Jackson Purchase Medical Center. 8:00 AM – 11:30 PM. Learn self care behaviors that can reduce the risk of diabetes complications. One on one sessions can also be scheduled. Registration required, call 270-251-4169.
FIRST TWO MONDAYS AND FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH: Prepared
Childbirth Classes. Meeting Room A, Doctors Office Building 2, Western Baptist Hospital. 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Monday, 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.
Camps, Classes & Education AUGUST 13 (MONDAY) AND AUGUST 15 (WEDNESDAY). Diabetes Class.
SECOND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH: Relaxing from Within. Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2, Western Baptist Hospital. 5:00 pm – 6:30
Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2, Western Baptist Hospital. 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Free class with a certified diabetes instructor to assist with any question or concerns about diabetes. Call 270-575-2918 for more information.
BEGINNING AUGUST 13 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. BEGINNING AUGUST 20, 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.
BEGINNING AUGUST 27 , 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
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. FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH: Stroke and Brain Injury Survivors Support 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. SECOND SATURDAY AND LAST MONDAY OF THE MONTH : 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.
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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 our basketball court! Concessions open. Find out more at www.plexsports.net
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.
MONDAYS: Musical Fingers. (Classes for all children 4 and under.) Meet at Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 10 AM. For more information, contact Lyz Hornbeak at 575-1858, 331-2987 or at email@example.com. www.themusicclass.com
SECOND THURSDAYS Infant Care Class. Marshall Nemer Pavilion at Lourdes
TUESDAYS: 2 for one studio fees. Clay Chameleon. 4793 Village Square Drive
Hospital. Baby basics to assist parents with their first few weeks with baby. Call 270-4442443.
Paducah, (270) 442-1112
THIRD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH: Kidney Optios Education Class.
TUESDAYS: Tot Soccer (for ages 2 and a half - 4). Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 5:15 PM. For more, visit www.plexsports.net.
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.
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
Lourdes Medical Pavilion, Suite 403. 6 PM. Call 270-442-1310.
at Paducah Regional Sportsplex. 5:30 PM. For more information, contact Lyz Hornbeak at 575-1858, 331-2987 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.themusicclass.com
SECOND THURSDAYS OF EACH MONTH: Hopeful Hearts Breast Cancer
FRIDAYS: Family Education on Mental Illness. Western Baptist Hospital. 7 -
Support Group. Marshall Nemer Pavilion at Lourdes Hospital, Womens Center Suite 210. 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Call 270-538-5700.
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.
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.
On-Going Dance, Fitness & Sports: SATURDAY AUGUST 11 AND AUGUST 18: Graves County Soccer Association fall registration. 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon. Hibbetts Sports, Mayfield, KY. For more info contact Holly 270-356-0199 or Michelle 270-970-0067. 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 email@example.com.
SUNDAY: Holding and Relaxation. 3 PM – 4:30 PM. Elite Yoga, 106 Broadway, Paducah. 270-331-0366. MONDAY: Vinyasa Yoga. 6:30 AM. Yoga Blast. 8:15 AM. Elite Yoga, 106 Broadway, Paducah. 270-331-0366. MONDAY: Zumba Gold! Washington Street Baptist Church, 721 Washington Street. 4 – 4:45 PM. $2 per session. Seniors and beginners welcome. Visit www.zumba.com for more.
MONDAY: Clogging Class. Robert Cherry Civic Center. 6 PM. $5 per session. For more, call 270-444-8508.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
MONDAY, THURSDAY & SATURDAY – Zumba With Tishaunda. Community of Christ Church, 1309 Commercial Park Drive, Metropolis, IL 5:30 PM Monday and Thursday, 10:30 AM Saturday. www.tishaunda.webs.com 618-638-4180 TUESDAY & THURSDAY – Zumba With Tishaunda. AMPA in Paducah. 6:00 PM Tuesday, 12:00 PM Thursday. www.tishaunda.webs.com 618-63-4180
MONDAY & THURSDAY – Toning with Tishaunda. Community of Christ Church, 1309 Commercial Park Drive, Metropolis, IL. 6:30 PM. www.tishaunda.webs.com 618638-4180
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MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY & SATURDAY – Zumba With Tishaunda. The New Spot, 727 E. 12th Street, Metropolis, IL. 5:30 PM Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 10:15 AM Saturday. www.tishaunda.webs.com 618-638-4180
MONDAY & WEDNESDAY -Toning with Tishaunda. The New Spot, 727 E. 12th Street, Metropolis, IL. 6:30 PM. www.tishaunda.webs.com. 618-638-4180.
THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY – Bikini Boot Camp with Tishaunda. The New Spot, 727 E. 12th Street, Metropolis, IL. 6:30 PM Thursday, 6:00 PM Friday, 12:00 PM Saturday. www.tishaunda.webs.com 618-638-4180 MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY & SATURDAY – Zumba With Tishaunda. The New Spot, 727 E. 12th Street. Metropolis, IL. 5:30 PM Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 10:15 AM Saturday. www.tishaunda.webs.com
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 email@example.com. MONDAY: Strength and Cardio Circuit Training. Curves, 3420 Park Avenue. Call 270-575-3800 for more. www.curves.com Silver Sneakers can Workout for FREE.
MONDAY – THURSDAY. Intro Kettlebell Class. Mike’s Kettlebell Club. 106 Broadway, Paducah. 6:15 PM. 270-554-8224. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hwangs-martialarts.com
MONDAY & WEDNESDAY: Jazzercise Classes. 33420 Lone Oak Road, Arch Towers - Suite L. 5:15 PM. Everyone welcome! For more, call 270-210-1044. MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS: Karate Kidz Prep Beginners (Ages 7-8), Future
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 email@example.com. www.hwang-martialarts.com
MONDAY & THURSDAY: Gentle Bends Yoga. 4600 Buckner Lane - United Church of Paducah. 4-5PMYoga for beginners, those who want to brush on their poses and have restrictions. Contact Carolyn @ 554-4466 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MONDAY & THURSDAY: Introduction to Flow Yoga. 4600 Buckner Lane United Church of Paducah. 5:30-6:10 PM All Levels Yoga: 7-8 PM Contact Tim @ 205-1012 or email@example.com MONDAY -THURSDAY: Jazzercise Classes. Paducah Jazzercise Center, Lone Oak Plaza, 3562 Lone Oak Road. 5:15 PM. For more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270-210-1044. 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 email@example.com or call 270-554-4885. www.threeriversacademy.com.
MONDAYS, TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS: Junior Jiu-Jitsu (ages 10 - 14). Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy, 2343 New Holt Road. 6 -6:50 PM. For more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270-554-4885. www.threeriversacademy.com.
TUESDAYS: Family Night. Kingway Skateland. 6:30-9PM. $4 each. Skates: Quad, $1, Speed/Inline $3. TUESDAY: Elite Power Yoga. 8 AM. Elite Yoga, 106 Broadway, Paducah. 270-331-0366 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.
TUESDAY: Youth Running Club. Picnic Shelter #10 at Noble Park. FREE. Ages 5-15. 6-7 PM. 444-8508. TUESDAY & THURSDAY: Jazzercise Classes 3420 Lone Oak Road, Arch Towers - Suite L. 5:15 PM. Everyone welcome! For morem call 270-210-1044.
WEDNESDAY: Vinyasa Yoga. 6:30 AM. Elite Yoga, 106 Broadway, Paducah. 270-331-0366. THURSDAYS: Kid’s Kickboxing (ages 5-14) Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy,
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THURSDAYS: Table Tennis. Ages 12+. Classroom 1, Paducah Parks. 5-6PM. $25. 444-8508.
eventscalendar 2343 New Holt Road. 5 PM – 6 PM. For more, email email@example.com or call 270554-4885. www.threeriversacademy.com.
TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS: Xtreme Martial Arts (Ages 8+), Karate Kidz Prep
THURSDAYS: Drop in Doubles Clinic. Paul Rowton Indoor Tennis Center. 6:30 PM. Members $15, Non-members $19.
THURSDAY: Yoga Blast. 8:15 AM. Elite Yoga, 106 Broadway, Paducah. 270-331-0366. FRIDAYS: Kingsway Skateland 6:30 - 10 PM. $6.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. www.hwang-martialarts.com
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
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.
FRIDAYS: Advanced Computer Virtualization Course. Emerging Technology Center. WKCTC. 9 AM – 5 PM. Hands on Vmware authorized course based on Vmware ESXi 4.1 ad vCenter Server 4.1. Designed for individuals who have prior experience with computer networking and Microsoft or Linux operating systems. $1,200 per person. Call 270-534-3335 to register.
TUESDAY AND THURSDAY: Zumba Fitness Class. Paducah Expo Center, 1 Executive Blvd. 3:45 & 5 PM. $1 per class and or canned good (donated to food bank). Visit www.zumba.com to find out more.
SATURDAYS: Intro Kettlebell Class. Mike’s Kettlebell Club. 106 Broadway, Paducah. 9:00 AM. 270-554-8224.
SATURDAYS: Tiger and Junior Jiu-Jitsu (ages 5 - 14). Three Rivers Martial Arts Academy, 2343 New Holt Road. Noon - 1 PM. For more, email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: Pilates.True North Yoga, 4600 Buckner Lane, Paducah. 9:30 AM. Conact the instructor, Carrie at email@example.com or visit www.truenorthyoga.com. The first Saturday of Each month will be donation based classes benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hwangs-martialarts.com SATURDAY: Jazzercise Classes. 33420 Lone Oak Road, Arch Towers Suite L. 5:15 PM. Everyone welcome! For more, call 270-210-1044.
On-Going Events for Seniors: FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH: Super Seniors at First Christian Church of Paducah. Call 270-4438251 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
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(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: Zumba Gold! Washington Street Baptist Church, 721 Washington Street. 4 – 4:45 PM. $2 per session. Seniors and beginners welcome. Visit www.zumba.com for more.
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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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 email@example.com or Kim Armistead @ 502-558-6846 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).
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.
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Child Protection/ Crisis Services:
Domestic Violence Information Session. McCracken County Courthouse, Family Court, Room “E”. 443-6071, ext. 5. 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: 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
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 email@example.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 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 infor-
mational and assessment services to parents. For more, contact Dr. Joy Navan, 270809-2539 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building. 11:30 AM. Free grief support group sponsored by Lourdes Hopice. Contact Todd Hawkins at 270-415-3632.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 270-415-3607.
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 email@example.com Land Between the Lakes Programming - Trail hiking, animal discovery,
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
children’s activities, planetarium programming and more. Weekday and weekend listings. 270-924-2020. www.lbl.org
unique grief of suicide. First Tuesday of the month. United Church of Paducah, 4600 Buckner Lane. Contact: 442-3722
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
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
Ms. Bunny’s Pet Licks for Kids – Community Awareness Safety program. Pet care, responsibility and safety tips for children 5 – 12 years of age. Focus on dog bite prevention. Fun, interactive program with her tiny, fourlegged helper, “Scooby Sue”. FREE to children’s groups, schools and organizations. For information & to schedule Ms. Bunny. 575-3822 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.
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
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 Western Baptist Hospital has meetings and groups on: Breast feeding, childbirth, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 DONA-
For military and their families: www.operationhomefront.org
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 email@example.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 Grief Support Group – FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH. Graves County Senior Citizens
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TIONS 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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. 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. 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. 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com if you're interested or would like more information.
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.
Social and Professional Groups:
Paducah Kennel Club. Meetings are the SECOND TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH
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
(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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, email@example.com.
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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. 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
FEAT of Western Kentucky. Families for Effective Autism Treatment. Easter Seals Child Development Center. firstname.lastname@example.org Marshall County Special Olympics. Marshal County Special Olympics. The group
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Postpartum Depression Support Group. The FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH at Hope Unlimited headquarters. This resource is open to the
Hot Shots, a support group for children with type 1 diabetes and their fami-
public, confidential and free. For questions about this support group, call 270442-1166.
lies. For more information, contact 217-2548, 519-4155, 210-3047 or ronda. cartwright @mccracken.kyschools.us
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 4442444 N.AMI. 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.
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 270-5541915 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
Bonita Cloyd, 575-2303 Nar-Anon Family Support Group. TUESDAYS, 6:30
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Your Quilt Museum A National Treasure Here in Paducah
housands of people come to Paducah every year to visit The National Quilt Museum, yet many in our community don’t understand its significance.
On an average day, while most of us are at work, people are traveling from thousands of miles away to visit our fair city. They are coming to visit a destination that is the largest tourist attraction in Paducah, and the second largest art museum in Kentucky. The destination they seek has won numerous national awards including the Trip Advisor “Certificate of Excellence”, and The Kentucky Governors Award in the Arts. It has been mentioned in dozens of national publications including Southern Living, Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and the Chicago Tribune. Outside of Paducah, The National Quilt Museum is an acclaimed art museum on most lists of national “Must See Museums”. Unfortunately, we sometimes take our local museums for granted and perhaps have not fully appreciated this national treasure. So we want to give you some key reasons why you and your family should take a second look.
An Art Museum The National Quilt Museum is the largest quilt and fiber art museum in the world. The key words in this description are “art museum”. Some that have never seen the Museum think it has something to do with hobby quilting. The Quilt 50 • August2012 www.purchaseparenting.com
Museum exhibits ‘Museum Quality Art’ that happens to be made out of different forms of fabric. Art comes in a variety of forms. Artists use everything from paint to clay, metal, wood, and hundreds of other materials to produce their art. The National Quilt Museum is an art museum that focuses its collection on quilt and fiber art. In a discussion with National Quilt Museum CEO Frank Bennett, he said the following, “There are artists of different skill levels in every style. For every painter that has her work displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art there are thousands that do not make it to that level, we have a great respect for anyone passionate about quilting, but our exhibits are made up of the best-of-the-best in this art form”.
A True Destination The National Quilt Museum is a true cultural destination and a significant draw for our region. In an average year, over 40,000 art lovers visit the National Quilt Museum. These visitors quite literally come from all corners of the world. The Museum is visited yearly by art lovers from all 50 states and over 40 foreign countries from every continent. Last month alone, the Museum was visited by people from 45 states and 12 foreign
Upcoming Events Material Witnesses - September 14 - December 10 Innovative quilts by the Manhattan Quilters Guild. Priscilla Sage - September 14 - December 10 Exciting three dimensional fabric sculptures. My Accidental Quilt Collection - October 19, 2012 -January 14, 2013 Antique quilts from the Alan Luger Collection. Themes and Variations in Judy Martin's Quilts December 12, 2012 to March 11, 2013 Exploring a theme over time in quilts to look at how style matures. Quilts of the South Central US - January 17 to April 2, 2013 Our annual regional guild show featuring quilts from Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas School Block Challenge - January 17 to April 2, 2013 See the creativity that children bring to quilting with our annual nationwide challenge. And Many More!
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countries, including places as far away as Australia, Malaysia, and Holland. The Quilt Museum is a significant economic engine for the city of Paducah. According to a 2008 study, The Quilt Museum has an impact on our local economy of between $5.5 and $7 million per year. Drury Hotels Area Sales Manager Tracey Bettinger said, “Our four hotels see travelers in town specifically to visit the Quilt Museum on a daily basis. It is the largest source of business for our hotels in this area”.
A Few Common Misconceptions Since the Quilt Show is such a large and impactful annual event for the city of Paducah, many people wrongly assume that the Quilt Museum and the Quilt Show are related. The National Quilt Museum is a 501(c)3 independent nonprofit organization that is predominantly funded by private donations, admissions, and some grants. The Paducah Quilt Show is organized by the American Quilter’s Society. These two organizations are as separate as Apple and Google. Another common misperception has to do with the Museum’s audience. While the Paducah Quilt Show predominantly brings in quilting enthusiasts for the weeklong event, the Quilt Museum primarily brings in cultural tourists and art lovers throughout the year. “While we do get our share of quilters just as any art museum will get its share of visiting artists, on a day-to-day basis we mostly see art enthusiasts,” states Bennett. The Museum CEO’s favorite misperception is that some men think that quilting and fiber art are ‘women’s things’. “This always makes me laugh because it’s rather silly. Art is an expression of the artist’s spirit, materials are secondary. According to that logic, I guess art made from iron or metal would be a man’s thing.” He went on to say, “I have run into a handful of men that wouldn’t go in to the galleries with their wives. I always tell them that I’m so sure they will love it that I will give them their money back if they are not amazed. To this day, I’ve never had anyone ask for a refund!”
What to Expect The Quilt Museum features three galleries of quilt and fiber art. These exhibits are rotated 8-10 times per year so there is always something new to see. In addition to the exhibits, the Museum has educational programs for youth and adults throughout the year. It is open 10am to 5pm MondaySaturday all year long. It is also open 1pm to 5pm on Sundays from March 1st through November 31st. The Museum offers a yearly pass ideal for area residence that would like to see all of the exhibits throughout the year. v 52 • August2012 www.purchaseparenting.com
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Learning Outside the Classroom Class Acts 2012
here are many different ways to learn besides sitting inside a classroom. Can education take place on a stage? Of course it can! This year is the 9th year the Carson Center has provided schools with a unique learning experience through the Class Act Series, a year’s worth of educational and entertaining performances for schools and homeschool groups. “Engagement in the performing arts is food for the creative soul. When we tap into this part of the development of a child, we observe, and they learn that anything is possible. It fuels their imagination,” says Mary Katz, Education Director at the Carson Center.
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bullying. These shows are sponsored by Paducah Bank and will be part of an anti-bullying initiative for the month of October. “We hope that by seeing bullying scenarios being portrayed on our stage, kids will be able to relate to the situations and use their new knowledge to apply to their own situation- whether they are the bully or are being bullied,” says Katz. “Since performing arts allow us to participate in a non-threatening environment, through our senses and through witnessing other people’s emotions, we can gain perspective about a situation that is useful to us in our own life. Plus, these shows are going to be really entertaining!”
(All performances are an hour long, unless noted otherwise.) The Carson Center starts off the Class Acts Series with two performances that have a very important message about
Choosy Suzy’s Bully Anti-Bully Show will encourage children to be careful about how they use their words and how they treat others through magic, comedy, and audience involvement. This show is for Grades Pre K through 3rd and is showing on Tuesday, October 9, at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. On Tuesday, October 16, at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., a show will be put on about another type of bullying: cyber bulling. Virtually Me is a musical that will teach the benefits and harms of social technology and encourage students to be responsible when online. This show is for grades 3rd through 8th. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs is the scene of a courtroom and the Big, Bad Wolf in on trial. So did he kill two pigs or is it all a mistake? The audience is the jury, so you get to decide ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty!’ This performance is for grades K-5 and is on Monday, October 22, at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. 54 • August2012 www.purchaseparenting.com
Students might be inspired to make a difference for their country after seeing We the People. Through this entertaining musical, students will learn about the three branches of government, presidential elections, the First Amendment, and more! This all American production is for grades 3-7 on Wednesday, October 31, at 9:30 and 11:10 a.m.
The National Players, America’s longest running classical touring company, is bringing Shakespeare’s classic love story of Romeo and Juliet to the Carson Center. Grades 6-12 can see this famous tale on stage on Thursday, January 17, 2013, at 10 a.m. The performance is 90 minutes.
The West Side Story, the love story and Broadway sensation, is coming to the Carson Center! The matinee showing is on Tuesday, November 20, at 10 a.m. for grades 5-12. Tickets for this showing are only available to school groups. However, the two evening performances are on Monday, November 19, and Tuesday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m. This is a 120 minute play. Doctor Kaboom! will take students on an interactive adventure exploring the modern scientific method. David Epley, the man behind Doctor Kaboom! blends his background at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics with his career in performance to bring the audience an interesting, fantastic show. This show is for grades K-5 and is on Tuesday, December 4, at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Another classic, Huckleberry Finn comes to life on Friday, February 1, at 10 a.m. The Classical Theatre Project, a Canadian company dedicated to performing for student audiences, brings the tale of Huck and Jim to stage for grades 5-12.
Watching ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is a Christmas tradition for many families. Now you can see this classic story come alive on stage! Come see Kris Kringle take a stand for Christmas and persuade six year old Susan that holiday magic does exist. This family favorite production is on Monday, December 17, at 10 a.m. for grades 3-12. Miracle on 34th Street is a full length, two hour show.
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ancing, climbing, and much more excitement is on Friday, February 8, at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. This fun show is for all ages! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the treasured children’s story Charlotte’s Web comes to the Carson Center. Watch as Charlotte, the kind spider, and saves her friend Wilbur the pig with her writing skills. This performance, for grades PK-5, is on Thursday, February 14, at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
If you liked the Peking Acrobats, then come see Cirque Ziva, a jaw-dropping show by the Golden Dragons of Hebel, China. Human pyramids, flips, tosses, tumbles, bal-
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Where in the World is the Symphony is a musical performance brought to you by the area’s only professional orchestra, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. Explore the historical, cultural, and geographical significance of composers such as Beethoven, Copland, Tchaikovsky, and more! Also, learn about each instrument group in the orchestra. This show is for grades 3-8 on Thursday, march 14, at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. It is 50 minutes long.
learn about the ethical and moral issues of the story. This thought provoking performance in for grades 3-8. The Berenstain Bears LIVE! should be a favorite among children. Based on the popular books, this musical performance shows the problems of Papa Bear, Sister Bear, and Brother Bear. However, Mama Bear is always there to set things right. This heart-warming show is on Monday, April 15, and 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. for grades PK-3.
Come and watch the mystery of Hitler’s daughter Heidi unfold onstage on Friday, March 22, at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. In Hitler’s Daughter, you will hear Heidi’s tale and
As you can see, the Carson Center has a full lineup of educational and entertaining shows for this Class Acts Season! These exhibits of theatrical arts are a great way to add variety to student’s education. “Although our performances are presented specifically for schools PK12 and for homeschooling families, individuals can attend our Class Acts shows by purchasing tickets two weeks before the performance date,” Katz says. To purchase tickets, go to thecarsoncenter.org. For school group reservations, call the Carson Center at (270) 4439932 x 212 or email email@example.com. All students are encouraged to come and learn through this entertaining experience! v
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he Market House Theatre (MHT) in downtown Paducah is planning a season to remember, not only for the audience, but for the cast, as well. "This year is our 49th season, which is a huge year for us as we prep for our 50th anniversary celebration,” said Michael Cochran, Executive Director of the MHT. “It's going to be the lead off for us with some huge shows." The Market House Theatre is community theatre at its best. They want every member of the audience to walk away from the performance with an appreciation of the talent present in our community. “The main goal of the theatre is to produce professional quality with amateur actors,” said Cochran. “That's the thing that people sometimes forget but its part of our main mission. If you give local actors professional sets, costumes, and direction, our friends and neighbors can do amazing things. The MHT main tagline is; ‘We don't just entertain, we change people's lives.’ What we
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mean by that is when you get involved with the theatre, you're going to learn a whole skills set that will give you the confidence to make you successful in life. That's the core of what the Market House Theatre is all about." MHT also offers other events in addition to its main stage and youth season. A Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre takes place August 9 - 11. It features the Pajama Party Murders. Catering will be provided by Laura Duff’s Pampered Palate. Tickets are $35 and include dinner and the show. In addition, a beer and wine cash bar will also be available. This is a fun evening of fine food and high drama! On October 20, the MHT will host the Second Annual Masquerade Ball at the Julian Carroll Convention Center. The NashVegas Allstars will return and MHT Board President Melisa Mast and Vice President Kristin Williams promises this year will be even more fun than last year!
........................................... The Market House begins their season with 9 to 5, The Musical, which features lyrics and music by Dolly Parton. The book, by Patricia Resnick, was made into a movie in the 80's that included stars such as Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin. It will take place on Saturday, September 15 at 2:30 p.m.
A Christmas Story, adapted from the book by Jean Shepherd, is based on Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the mid-west of the 1940’s. Just like the movie, it follows nine year old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. It will take place on December 6 - 16.
Willy Wonka Jr. based on the book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, features a shortened version and will be performed by students ages 18 and under. Performances are from November 8 to 18.
MHT will perform Mitch Albom’s comedy Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, a comedy with a heartfelt message. The play follows the intersecting paths of the two guilt-ridden duck hunters, a depressed tabloid journalist, his reluctant
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photographer, their crazed boss, a shop-girl, a halfman/half-alligator, and a ghost. The play will open after the New Year from January 10 - 20, 2013. The Velveteen Rabbit is adapted by James Stills from a Margery Williams book and tells the enchanting story about a toy rabbit that will live forever in children’s literature. You can see this production beginning February 21st and through the 24th. The Hallelujah Girls, written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, is a Southern comedy which feature the lives of women who rally together to overcome obstacles and launch their new, improved lives. It is scheduled for April 18 - 28. MHT wraps up its 49th Season with Les Miserables on June 6 - 23, 2013. Considered one of the most popular musicals in the world, this performance tells the tale of Jean Valjean in 19th century France. He is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. Michael told me about this performance. "The Market House Theatre is one of the first community theatres in the whole country to get the rights for the full-length production of Les Miserables. Previously, productions have only been allowed with the touring professionals or shortened high school versions. We're really excited about this opportunity." The Market House Theatre also offers after school programs. Footlights is Market House Theatre’s youth acting troupes for grades 1 - 12. "The point of Footlights is to help children develop communication skills, creativity, and self expression in a really fun environment,” explained April Cochran, MHT's Education Director. All classes meet on Saturdays in the Market House Theatre's Studio Theatre classroom. Students receive classes in acting, play theatre games, do improvisation, and produce an annual play. There is no performing experience needed for this program. The fee is $50 per trimester, and partial scholarships are available. The first Footlights program starts in August and continues until around Thanksgiving. Then, there will be two more trimesters of the Footlights program. Footlights is sponsored by Ray Black and Son General Contractors. For more information on any of the Market House Theatre's programs or events, contact them at (270) 444-6828. Or visit their website at www.mhtplay.com v 60 • August2012 www.purchaseparenting.com
10 Tips for Successful Shopping at a Consignment Sale: by Jennifer Upton Kentucky Kids Consignment Sales, LLC
id’s consignment sales, during which thousands of baby and children’s items can be had for pennies on the dollar, are booming! Let’s face it, fall's arrival and the back-to-school season sound the alarm to purchase clothes for the kids. That growth spurt your son had over the summer has transformed his jeans into Capris. And the fit of your daughter's Sketchers are sketchy at best. Before you pay top dollar for new clothes - think consignment sales! Fall and spring are the most popular seasons for these eco and budget friendly events. Take a large building, add many consignors with lots of gently used clothing, shoes, and toys, and you have the opportunity to find some great deals.
Assess your needs Before you even think about shopping, check to see what you already have. What did you buy on clearance last sea-
son? Can she still wear those jeans? Does he have hand-medown soccer cleats packed away somewhere? Find out what you need most before heading out to shop.
Dress for success Comfy clothes and shoes are definitely the way to go. Some shoppers spend a few hours at our sale making sure they survey all the options, so comfort is the key. Tuck your driver's license & money into your pocket so you don't have to worry about a purse while you shop.
Leave the kids at home It seems ironic to shop for the kids without actually bringing the kids, but we all know it's much easier and more efficient. If you've properly assessed your needs, you'll know what sizes to look for. If you absolutely must bring them along,
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BYOB Bring your own basket or bag. Many sales offer shopping baskets or bags, but it's always best to have your own just in case. We've also seen shoppers with laundry hampers and even clean, wheeled trashcans!
Do unto others Basically, play nice. Everyone wants the best bargains and most sales have more than enough to go around. There's no need to push & shove or take items another shopper has reserved. If you choose to shop at peak hours, expect to wait a little while in the check-out line, the workers are likely volunteers and are moving as fast as they can.
Plan the shop, shop the plan Often, sales have photos of past events on their websites so you can see where specific items usually are located. If you really need a stroller or a Little Tikes kitchen, find out where they will be so you can head there first. If your child has a wide foot, you may want to start with the shoes. If you don't see what you're looking for, find a volunteer worker and ask! make sure you know the sale's rules about strollers and keep older children with you instead of turning them loose on the toy area.
Think outside the box Look for items new with tags that could be used for baby or holiday gifts. Check the teen book section for the latest in that series that is your guilty pleasure.
Check & double check Most sales are unable to accept returns, so check all items closely before getting in the check-out line. Even the strictest inspection procedures aren't perfect, so if you find an item that is stained or damaged, give it to a volunteer worker who will remove it from the sales floor.
It's always worth a second trip Many of our shoppers return each day of the sale and find new bargains. Some sales have a re-stock day where sellers bring in additional items and nearly every event holds a discount day where selected items are up to 50% off the marked price.
Volunteer your time & shop early Volunteers are the key component of any sale and are rewarded with early shopping. Volunteer presales are often less crowded than public shopping times and offer the best selection of merchandise. Our volunteers tell us they love the change of routine and meeting other moms while working at the sale. So check out the dates for future consignment sales in the area and start going through the drawers and cupboards in your kids rooms. You can trade in those barely used clothes that no longer fit for some almost new duds they will love! (And save a ton of money in the process.) v 62 â€˘ August2012 www.purchaseparenting.com
Twisted Sister: Siblings in Conflict by Rick Epstein Purchase Parenting & Family Magazine
’m reading the morning paper, soaking up a heartwarming story about a woman who donated a kidney to her dying sister. And now the both of them are doing fine. It’s a story of courage, generosity and love – a story that makes you feel good about humankind. But the whole time I’m reading it, my two older daughters, who are supposed to be getting ready for school, are bickering. Sally, age 9, is wearing her big-sister’s skirt. “Take it off right now!” 12-yearold Marie commands. “But you never wear it!” says Sally. “It doesn’t even fit you anymore.” “That doesn’t matter; it’s MY skirt; you can’t just take clothes out of my closet without asking,” says Marie. Part of the problem goes back a few months to when people started mistaking Sally for a boy. This is particularly humiliating for Sally because she has such a low opinion of boys. (She recently observed to my wife, “When you have a baby, you’re taking a big chance... It MIGHT be a boy!”) So Sally has been trying to femme herself up a bit, putting ribbons in her hair, dressing in pink, and wearing skirts and dresses to school. This morning, tired of her own collection, she has decided to augment her wardrobe with something borrowed. Marie does not like sharing anything with her little sisters, whether it’s clothes, a house or parents. Besides, she likes it when Sally is mistaken for a boy. Sally has gotten a lot of mileage out of a brand of cuteness that Marie believes is phony and cheap. Now the winsomeness appears to be wearing thin. “Sally,” she sneers this morning, “Why even bother with my skirt? You’ll just look like a boy who stole his sister’s clothes!” “I hate you!” says Sally, pulling Marie’s hair. Marie pushes her over backwards to the floor and kneels on her arms. “Ow! That HURTS!” says Sally. When I was a kid, I never understood why my father got so worked up when my brothers and I fought. I thought it was none of his business. But now I understand. When my kids quarrel, I feel as though the loving family I’ve dreamed of and worked for has turned out to be a squabbling band of creeps, full of jealousy and ill-will. I look at the photo of the smiling ladies in the newspaper and steel myself to break up the fight. I’ve read that intervention will stunt the children’s
negotiating skills and cause unfinished business to accumulate between them. Tough.
I pull Marie off Sally and render my judgment: “Let Sally wear your skirt.” The wearing of hand-me-downs is a cornerstone of our family finances and it must be protected. That protection supersedes Marie’s constitutional property rights. Marie vs. The Skirt-Stealer is the case before the court this morning, but of course Marie’s skirt is not the issue. The issue is that during the first three and a half years of Marie’s life, she was the Belle of the Ball. Then Sally crashed the party and Marie was no longer Scarlett O’Hara, surrounded by admirers fetching champagne punch for her.
So Marie is mean to Sally, and Sally is mean back. Sally is mean to HER little sister Wendy, and Wendy is mean back. It’s painful to witness all this meanness between people who are dear to me. I’m like Wilbur the pig in “Charlotte’s Web.” In order to love his spider-friend, he must get past the repulsive fact that she makes her living by drinking the blood of flies. My daughters’ bad treatment of each other makes it hard to love them as wholeheartedly as I do. And the girls have a similar problem with me and my divided allegiances. How can I love Sally AND her tormentor? How can I love Marie AND the usurper? It just doesn’t add up. “Who do you love more,” Marie will ask, “me or Sally?” Luckily, a long time ago I’d read a book called “Siblings Without Rivalry” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. And I remembered what to say: “I love YOU in a Marie way and I love SALLY in a Sally way.” This works like a charm, and I’ve figured out why. To Marie it means: “I love you for the intelligent, honest and talented person you are, and I love Sally in the low-grade way that is the best you could do with a glib, shallow, tin-plated copycat like her.” This magic answer is open to happy misinterpretation by whichever child I say it to. It’s wonderful. But I don’t kid myself. It gets me off the hook, but it doesn’t create household harmony. I need to find and reread that book. In the meantime, I’m going to take the organ-donor story as a hopeful sign of sisterly love to come. Even so, I’m making sure the girls drink plenty of cranberry juice to protect kidv ney function. Rick can be reached at RickEpstein@yahoo.com.
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Senior Exercise: Live Longer and Keep Moving! Sponsored by Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation
s a nation, we are getting older. In fact, throughout the world, the population is living longer and fuller lives. Thanks to medical care and treatment con-
stantly evolving, many of us can expect to live far into our 80â€™s and beyond. However, to accomplish this, we must do our part to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If we donâ€™t, those extra years wonâ€™t be much fun!
In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, exercise must be a part of everyoneâ€™s daily regimen. â€œIt is important for seniors to exercise,â€? states Brian Kern, M.D., on staff at the Orthopaedic Institute of Western Kentucky. â€œExercise helps improve cardiovascular health and maintain strong bones and muscles. Ultimately, exercise can help delay symptoms of aging and chronic conditions, like osteoporosis.â€?
Do not feel discouraged if you have a condition such as arthritis. â€œIf you suffer from aches and pains in the joints, sometimes exercise is harder to perform,â€? advised Dr. Kern. â€œI recommend low impact activities, such as swimming and water aerobics. Water can be particularly helpful, especially for people with balance issues, and injuries are less likely to occur.â€? Using an elliptical machine, walking on a treadmill, or riding on a stationary bike instead of jogging can also help alleviate pressure on joints.
In extreme weather where itâ€™s very hot or cold, it is best to exercise indoors. â€œAnybody who decides to start an exercise program should check with their doctor first to make sure their heart and lungs are healthy,â€? Dr. Kern cautioned. â€œAs you get older, your cardiac risk increases.â€?
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Exercise does not have to be a big time commitment. â€œIf you can get anywhere from fifteen to thirty minutes a day, it would not only make you healthier, but exercise will also help you feel better,â€? said Dr. Kern. â€œEven if you suffer a few minor aches and pains when you exercise, it is still more advisable to keep up some activity, as it is much better for you than being sedentary.â€?
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Itâ€™s important to take precautions against injuries by stretching before and after exercising.
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â€œSeniors should avoid using heavy weights,â€? advised Dr. Kern.
“Frankly, you are just asking to get hurt. You are better off doing more repetitions of an exercise, concentrating on form and working the muscles.”
to reap the benefits. Walking is better for cardiovascular fitness, whereas some light weight training is good for muscle strength. Resistance training is good for bones, muscles, and tendons.
Do not be afraid to consult with an expert.
“Mix it up by finding a healthy balance,” Dr. Kern advised. “Maybe three days of cardio and three days of light weightbearing exercises in a gym or rehabilitation facility. Lastly, but most importantly, stay hydrated before and after exercise.”
“Find out what exercises are safe for you by meeting with a physical therapist or orthopedic surgeon before you begin an exercise program,” said Dr. Kern.
Get a workout buddy. Involving a partner can serve as extra encouragement. You are more likely to start and continue an exercise program if you have somebody with you. There are bound to be days when you do not feel like getting up, your knee hurts, or you didn’t sleep well. But, if someone is expecting you to join him or her to exercise, or they are there to give you an extra push, you’re likely to make an extra effort. Giving your workout partner an extra push when he or she needs it will keep you both going.
Don’t overdo it! Make sure that you build up your endurance gradually. “If you overdo it, you will either get injured or sore,” said Dr. Kern. “Start off slowly, and increase your regime by maybe ten percent per week.” Do not think that you have to perform rigorous exercise in order
Remember: Always meet with your physician ahead of time to ensure that you are safe. Have a trained professional help you design a workout. A rehabilitation facility, physical therapist, or sports trainer is a great place to start. If you have not exercised in a while, don’t be discouraged. “I see a lot of seniors who still exercise, and it improves their quality of life,” said Dr. Kern. Of course you must be in tune to your body to know if you are in trouble. “Generally, if you stop when you start to feel pain, most of the time things can be taken care of with a little bit of rest and activity modification,” said Dr. Kern. “If you continue to have pain, you should consult a physician. Injuries are fairly common, especially from overuse or overdoing it.” While you should be careful, seniors should feel motivated v and enticed to get moving.
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by: Jamie Lober
estern Kentucky parents and families should mark their calendars for the Big Brown Truck Pull on Saturday, August 18, 2012. “It is one of the signature fundraisers for Special Olympics and we rely heavily on this to provide year-round training and competition for over six thousand athletes in the state of Kentucky,” said Candace Thompson, Special Events Director for Special Olympics Kentucky. It is comparable to the runs and walks that we read about in the newspaper all the time except it entails teams grabbing a rope and playing tug-o-war with a truck. For those who are not familiar with the Special Olympics, it is a fantastic organization. “It is for people with physical and intellectual disabilities and we have about 100 athletes in McCracken County and we currently offer softball, basketball, bowling, field track and cheerleading. In the future we are hoping to expand to equestrian, so it is year-round,” said Local Coordinator, Randy Wiersma. The Special Olympics Oath tells you a lot about this organization: ‘Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.’ The organization was founded on the belief that sports can be adapted as necessary to meet the needs of those with special mental and physical limitations. Participation in athletics is just the tip of the iceberg on the list of benefits. “Kids get their family members involved to meet new friends, learn new social skills and are brought a sense of opportunity and joy that they would not necessarily get through another avenue,” said Thompson. The virtues of equality, respect and acceptance are promoted. If the name sounds familiar, it may be because it is a Kentucky tradition. “The Big Brown Truck Pull is on its fourth year and it is a teambuilding event,” Thompson explained. 66 • August2012 www.purchaseparenting.com
So you think you can pull a Semi! As for what the event entails, it is fairly self-explanatory. “Teams of fifteen will grab a rope and pull this semi-truck that is fully loaded and weighs 80,000 pounds. Each team has to pull it twelve feet and the fastest time wins,” explained Wiersma. “It is mainly for a fundraiser but there are trophies and ‘medals’. There are also awards for the team that raises the most money: They include spirit awards and best t-shirt awards - there are a lot of ways you can win. There may potentially be an iPad3 up for grabs.” The event location is fun in itself. “Last year we called it Downtown on Broadway but this year they asked that we change it to Historic Downtown,” said Thompson. “It will be held on Water Street between Broadway and Jefferson and the hype is already building. Last year we had nearly thirty teams participate and we had lots of spectators come out as well, so there will be hundreds of people on site at the event during peak times. People are welcome to come down and help out with registration, set-up or other tasks. Registration starts at 4:30 pm, and the pulling gets underway around six and goes until nine o’clock in the evening.”
had some beefed up teams who were muscular and pulled the truck in four to five seconds. It’s important to remember why you’re participating. The benefit is what you are doing is to help the Special Olympics athletes and that is what it is all about.” You will not want to miss this wonderful tradition. “You have to see it to believe it,” said Wiersma.
Anyone can get involved regardless of age or For more information, you can contact Candace Thompson ability. at (502)-326-5002 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Randy “We have a men’s division, women’s division and a coed division so anyone who wants to pull can do it,” explained Wiersma. The price to enter and make a difference is $750 for a team or $50 per person. “That’s pretty reasonable for a shot at pulling a big brown UPS semi-truck. And you get two shots at it!” said Thompson. It can get competitive so be prepared. “You can wear your corporate shirt and do different cheers before you go out and pull - it is a pretty cool event. Each year some modifications are made with the hope of making the Big Brown Truck Pull bigger and better. What is new this year is a youth division for age twelve and under and they can pull a regular delivery van rather than the semi. Youth teams will only have ten members who raise $30 a piece.”
Wiersma at (270)-331-2775.
The Big Brown Truck Pull would not be made possible without the generous sponsorships from UPS, Pepsi MidAmerica, Kroger, C-Plant Federal Credit Union, 94.7 Double Q, USEC, The Whaler’s Catch, Wilson Office Supply and the Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The city of Paducah also extends its support which contributes to the grand success of the event.
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Importance of Regular Eye Examinations for Your Child
by Kelly S. Bugg, OD. Mayfield Eye Center
p to 80 percent of a school day is spent in visual activities. Is your child reaching their full potential as a student or could a vision problem be hindering his or her education? The American Optometric Association (AOA) sites one study that estimates up to one in four school age children have a vision problem. As a parent it is beneficial to know why regular eye examinations are important, how to prepare for your child's eye examination and what you can do to help during the examination. According to the AOA, 75,000 three year old children develop amblyopia each year. Amblyopia, more commonly referred to as “lazy eye”, occurs during development if your child's brain doesn't receive a clear picture from one or both eyes. After a certain age, glasses will not improve vision because important connections were never made in the brain. Amblyopia is responsible for loss of vision in more people under 45 years of age than all other ocular diseases and trauma combined. (1) The good news is, amblyopia is a very treatable condition. The earlier the condition is diagnosed and treatment is begun, the better the outcome for your child's vision. Treatment options include glasses, patching, and/or instilling a drop to penalize a child's “good” eye.
Signs and Symptoms What are signs and symptoms your child might exhibit if they have a problem with their vision or eye health? Eye alignment is very important for children. One or both eyes having a tendency to drift out or drift in towards the nose could be a sign of strabismus or a “crossed-eye”. Often
strabismus is caused by a muscle imbalance, but it also may be caused by the need for glasses to improve vision and relax eye muscles. The earlier the cause of the strabismus is found, the more likely the child will acquire normal visual function. If both eyes are not aligned properly the chances of depth perception are low. One factor eye care practitioners evaluate to measure improvement in patients with a crossed eye or eye that doesn't work properly is depth perception and how well the eyes work together. Favoring one eye over the other may also be a sign of a vision problem. Some other signs and symptoms to look for are excessive tearing or redness which may be a sign of conjunctivitis or “pink eye”. A white pupil is a sign of a very serious condition known as retinoblastoma and should be followed up immediately.
Regular Examinations The AOA recommends an eye examination by six months of age for all children, but especially those at risk for visual complications. Premature babies, especially those born weighing fewer than three pounds are at high risk for retinopathy of prematurity, a serious eye condition that may result in significant vision impairment. Another eye examination is recommended at three years of age and then again before first grade and every year to two years thereafter. If a child requires glasses an eye examination may be recommended every 6 months to a year due to the rapid change in glasses prescription. Eye doctors rely heavily on findings that do not require your child to respond. At the three year old examination your
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child may become much more responsive and cooperative, but this often doesn't occur until after the first year of kindergarten. For example, during the examination the ophthalmologist or optometrist will attempt to measure how well the child is seeing, their visual acuity. Although pictures or numbers or specific letters are used during testing, many three year olds are not interested in looking at an eye chart. A three year oldsâ€™ world is often immediately around them, not 20 feet away. Move ahead 2-3 years after a patient has gone to school, the child's world expands immensely. They go to school and now they have a teacher in a classroom standing in front of a chalk board sometimes up to 15 feet away. At a three year eye examination the main goal is to check for an eye turn, an eye that doesn't work as well as the other, significant vision problems requiring glasses, and the health of the eyes.
How can I prepare my child for an eye examination? Talk to your child about the examination a couple of days prior to the examination. If they know what to expect, they're often times more cooperative. If you're bringing a very young child, less than four years of age, try morning appointments right after waking up or even in the afternoon after nap time. The more awake and alert the child is, the better chance of him/her cooperating during the examination.
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Eye Drops When a three, four, or five year old comes in for an eye examination, most likely eye drops will be necessary. Eye drops carry out two functions in children: They dilate the pupil (the black part of the eye surrounded by the colored portion) and relax the muscles in the eyes to reveal a child's true need for glasses. Children have unbelievably strong muscles in their eyes; to obtain a true idea of his or her need for glasses, the drops are often necessary. It's normal for children not to want eye drops, but in my experience, if the parent is helpful and supportive the eye drops are accepted more readily by the child. Apprehension from the parent leads to apprehension from the child, which leads to a much more difficult examination. Children are unlikely to say “Mommy/Daddy, I can't see”, while 15-30 percent of children have significant nearsightedness or far-sightedness requiring glasses. An eye examination can be a fun and educational experience for you and your child, let your eye care practitioner ease your woes about vision problems. Give your child every educational advantage you can by making sure your child's eye health is optimal. v
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by Robin Gericke
You’re Invited to Community Bible Study!
Purchae Parenting & Family Staff
re you a woman who has a free during the day and wants to learn more about the Word of God and how it applies to your life? Do you want to fellowship with other women of all ages? Do you have children that want to learn more about the Bible? If so, Paducah has the thing for you through Community Bible Study.
What is Community Bible Study? Community Bible Study (CBS) is an in-depth group Bible Study. It started in the Washington, D.C. area in 1975. CBS was founded by Floyd and Lee Campbell, who led the first class of 500 women in a study of the Gospel of John. Each year, without any advertising or publicity, CBS classes started throughout America. In 1979, CBS became known internationally, spreading to London, England. It has now spread
even farther across America and the world, with over 700 classes meeting in America. Washington, D.C., the birthplace of the first class, now has nineteen CBS classes. CBS’s mission statement is ‘to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in our communities through caring, in-depth Bible study, available to all.’ They carry out that call through many different branches of their ministry. Day and evening studies are offered. There are men’s, women’s, and coed
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classes. InPrison Community Bible Study brings the indepth study to inmates in correctional institutions. Community Bible Study International (CBSI) strives to establish classes in countries around the globe. So far, CBS has been translated into 49 languages, and classes have formed in 73 countries. Children’s CBS provides lessons for babies to high school students while their parents are in class. CBS also offers Student Ministries, including an after school ministry for elementary age children, eTeen classes for middle school kids. Teen CBS for high school students, and CAPstone CBS for college and professional young adults.
Paducah’s Local CBS Class Paducah’s CBS Class is a day time study opportunity for women. This will be its sixth year of providing women in our area with intense Bible Study and fellowship with one another. Each study is 30 weeks long. The class is divided into Core Groups of about fifteen women and a trained Core Group Leader. The format of the CBS day studies provide women with independent Bible study and group discussion. Each woman receives a work book that includes daily study questions on the verses read that day. Your Core Group holds a discussion on the last week’s study questions. After the group discussion, all the Core Groups come together for a lecture from Teaching Director Cathy Travis
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where she will go more deeply into the passage they have read, providing further insight on historical and spiritual details. Homework for the next week begins with reading a commentary written by Biblical scholars on the passage assigned for reading during the prior week.
Children’s Classes The local CBS group also has classes for children of all ages. Nursery care is provided for children under two, and children ages two though pre-K participate in Preschool classes. Classes are also offered for the children of homeschooling families. Kindergarten and first graders can join Young CBS, and 1st through 8th graders participate in Primary and Junior CBS. High school students have their own Core Group and join in for the lecture. This group provides students with the chance to fellowship with other Christians who understand the challenges teenagers face. While moms are studying the word of God, their children are studying the same passages. This leads into great discussion at home on what each of what everyone is learning.
Local Class Connection to CBSI Cathy Travis and Stacey Davis, two local CBS leaders, are involved in CBSI. Cathy Travis works to establish new CBS classes while Stacey Davis trains teachers for Children’s CBS.
Both women are working with charities and orphanages in such places as Tanzania. They take to heart the personal calling found in Acts 1:8. “…You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
The Book of Acts Community Bible Study is open to everyone. Last year, 96 women and 74 children, representing 42 different churches, participated in the local CBS study of Luke. This upcoming year, the class will be studying the book of Acts. Focusing on only a few verses each day provides the opportunity to dig deeper into the Scripture’s meaning. It gives you a new perspective on Bible stories and verses you have heard all your life. It helps you realize that there is always more to learn about the Word of God. “I have seen members of CBS grow to appreciate who God is and understand his plan for the world and how they fit into it. CBS also helps them have more purpose in life,” says Jennifer Snook, the coordinator of our local class.
You’re invited! Community Bible Study is held in the main building of Heartland Worship Center on Alben Barkley Drive in Paducah. The class meets every Wednesday from 9:30-11:30 a.m., starting August 22. All children must be preregistered before they can attend class. Once a month, the class has a Fellowship Day, attending lecture first, and then having a time of fellowship with one another after the Core Group’s discussion. The first Wednesday of every month is Visitor’s Day, when guests or potential members can attend a special Core Group for first time visitors. Do you want to go beyond just reading the Word, and get deeper in understanding and study? Do you want to fellowship with other Christian women, gain new understanding, and encourage others? If so, please go to paducah.cbsclass.org and register to study the book of Acts with Community Bible Study! v www.purchaseparenting.com August2012 • 73
Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp by Western Baptist Hospital
troke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the U.S. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke can affect people of all ages and lifestyles. With Western Baptist’s strong commitment to stroke care and treatment, it’s natural for us to be a major annual sponsor of the region’s Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp. Many of the staff who regularly care for stroke patients participate in the camp activities each year. Western Baptist stroke team leader Mary Legge, R.N.,
doesn’t know who received more of a blessing from last years’ Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp - the volunteers or the stroke survivors. “Words really can’t describe it,” Legge said. “It was a life-changing experience. There were many tears, but they were tears of happiness. It was a very rewarding experience. There was no judgment of anybody and it was totally a supportive environment.” Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp was created by Marylee Nunley after her husband, John, suffered a stroke in 2001 at age 55. “Our mission is to provide a weekend camping experience for stroke survivors and caregivers,” Nunley explained. “The retreat includes education, socialization, relaxation, great food, emotional support, and fun for all. The Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp is an opportunity for everyone to relax and get rejuvenated.”
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A stroke camp volunteer gives a manicure to one of the campers.
Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp will be September 21-23 at Lake Barkley State Resort Park in Cadiz. The camp is designed to be a retreat for the stroke survivor and his or her caregiver. The cost is $100 per person; scholarships are available. You can register online at www.strokecamp.org or call toll-free at (866) 688-5450.
Socialization and Education Retreat & Refresh Stroke camp is about rediscovering the simple joys of life, and providing a retreat for the stroke survivor and his or her caregiver. “Because of their disabilities many stroke patients are isolated,” Legge explained. “Many have lost their social contacts. It’s important for them to get to know other stroke survivors for socialization and education, and to form an informal social network.” The stroke survivors and their caregivers were pampered. Survivors, caregivers and volunteers played games together, sang songs and even went fishing. “We wanted them to feel as if they were at a fourstar hotel,” Legge said. “When they first arrived, you could see the fear of the www.purchaseparenting.com August2012 • 75
unknown all over many of the participants faces, Legge explained. “By Saturday morning, we had people asking when the next camp was going to be held. They felt as if they were in a safe and loving environment. The camp makes a point of acknowledging and supporting their capabilities; we don’t focus on disabilities.”
Camp activities The stroke camp provides the following opportunities: • Meet other stroke survivors and their caregivers • Relax and enjoy the outdoors • Participate in various activities • Indulge in pampering which includes manicures, pedicures, massages, etc. • Enjoy healthy meals prepared for you onsite • Join others in games, movies, fishing, boating and hiking Legge said many of the campers wrote thank you letters after the camp was over. One camper wrote, “This week was amazing for us! The care we had, the love we felt, the friendships we made were awesome. This is our first stroke camp and I look forward to coming again to meet people in the same situation.” “My (wife) is steadily improving and the stroke camp has been the best improvement in a long time,” wrote another caregiver. “It was very encouraging for her to meet others like her and to share the experience with them. Thank you very much for sponsoring the stroke camp. It meant so much to us.”
Stroke support group Many of last year’s campers regularly attend the Western Baptist Stroke Support Group. The support group meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month in the Baptist Heart Center conference room. The group provides support for stroke survivors and their caregivers, family and friends. Light refreshments are served. For more information and to register for the camp, phone Deb Welsh at (270) 415-7697. v 76 • August2012 www.purchaseparenting.com
Interactive Music = Communication Skills + Brain Power
by Amy Allen
Harmony Road Music School
ts summer vacation and I have just had the privilege of spending a few days with family members. Among those is a 10-month old baby who is in the prime stage of baby babbling. I might add that his caregiver is very musical, singing to him and playing bouncing games regularly, so his environment is rich with musical interaction. At this age, he is a sponge for music and language, and we had numerous “conversations” together, consisting of my matching his cooing pitches, and imitating his gurgles, “ba-ba’s” and mouth noises. When I could see that he enjoyed being the leader, I decided to see if he would follow my lead. I waited until he was in the middle of playing with a toy before I initiated the conversation with a high pitched “coo” and allowed it to slide lower. He immediately turned his head toward me and imitated my “coo,” matching my high to low pitch slide. His smile showed he was totally engaged, and we carried on this conversation for a few minutes more, trying grunts, mouth smacking and “ma’s” as well. It was delightful and intriguing for me to see how much fun he was having in imitative and communicative play, and it made me realize once again the power of musical play in engaging a brain to think.
the brain. Recently, the research has centered on the relationship between active and passive musical exposures in wiring the brain in young children. Although, there is still much more to be learned about how early the training should begin, and about whether different types of music experience affect development differently, an article published in the May 2012 Developmental Science journal states that infants who participate actively in musical experiences show “superior development of pre-linguistic communicative gestures and social behavior” as compared to their peers who only experience music passively. We are finding that actively musical babies are more skilled at communicating too! If you think about it, this just makes sense. We learn anything better when we are actively a part of the learning process, so why wouldn’t our babies make greater gains
For many years, researchers have studied the effects of musical training on children and intelligence. Most of the results from these studies tell us that musical training can positively affect various developmental and cognitive stages of growth in children. Singing, listening to and creating music helps our little ones to develop important mental processes and improves spatial reasoning - it strengthens
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sounds as early as a few days or weeks old. They make social responses like crying and cooing by age 2 months; babbling begins by age 4 months. So, interactive musical behavior with children needs to begin this early as well. Choose nursery rhymes and chant them expressively with your child, using inflections and pitch changes. When singing, watch for responses from your baby and repeat the sounds and songs they seem to most enjoy. Be your baby’s copycat at first, and as they are ready, move to initiating a favorite sound for them to respond. By using music as a tool to socialize with your baby, you are setting up an aptitude for more engaged listening and communicating with your baby. As a child begins to produce language between the ages of one and two, they will also focus more on the actual lyrics of songs and begin to sing or say words at phrase endings if you wait for them to supply that word. This reinforces the “patterning” component of thinking and strengthens a child’s reasoning skills. Rhymes, songs, and chants are also very rhythmic, allowing an opportunity for feeling a steady beat, as well. Bounce your child on your knees, or move their arms and legs in a steady beat while singing or chanting - this encourages your baby or toddler to respond with their bodies interactively and engages their kinesthetic senses with music.
Movement when they are actively engaged? And, music is an aural art – another language, so to speak, and as such, it requires communication. Therefore, equipping parents and caregivers to be active music-makers with their children will result in intellectual, musical, and communicative social gains for their children.
So, what should parents be musically doing with their children? Rhymes, Songs, and Chants Babies can discriminate between speech and non-speech
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Babies will begin to use gestures to communicate with their parents beginning at around 8 – 10 months, even before they can talk. They can learn to point with their fingers, wiggle their arms, shake their heads, or kick or bounce in response to questions or certain “prompting” words from their parents. For example, when my 10-month old family member hears the words, “bouncy, bouncy, bouncy, bouncy,” with a certain inflection, he will begin to move up and down in his own steady beat. I’ve seen other babies this age and younger begin to move in a similar way when a CD of engaging and rhythmic music is played. You might call this “dancing,” but it is a movement in response to a “prompt”
that has been reinforced by adults interacting with a baby. Parents, learn some finger plays, or bouncing, clapping, and tapping games and songs to play with your pre-walking children. Dance with them to music, either sung or from good quality children’s CD’s that have a variety of folk music, both native and non-native to the child’s culture. Make sure you use songs with various tempos, meters, and styles. Walking children should be allowed to explore music through their own loco-motor movement; walking, running, twirling, jumping, etc. Give a child a scarf, and the movement will become even more expressive, following the flow of the music. Swoop the scarf high or low as the pitches of the music change and reinforce the movement with a swooping voice to align with the movement. Parents, be sure to actively participate yourself, modeling movement in response to music – again, even a parent’s mind that is fully engaged in music is one that is listening and responding with body movement and the interaction of singing or playing.
toddler, try playing patterns and rhythms on a drum, for example, and encouraging your youngster to respond with a rhythm of their own - setting up a rhythmic conversation. Over time, if modeled enough and given enough repetitions, a 2 or 3 year old should be able to discriminate a simple rhythm and repeat it exactly when prompted. Children reaching the age of 4 and 5 will be able to detect the rhythm in speech and reproduce it.
Most importantly, just make musical INTERACTION with your baby, toddler, or preschooler a DAILY occurrence – the musical communication between you and your child will make those brains smarter AND you’ll have fun doing it! v
Musical instruments for the young child can be anything from discovered sound instruments, like pots and pans and spoons, to specially designed rhythm instruments made specifically for that purpose. At first, these non-pitched instruments need to be introduced into the baby’s environment and the baby allowed to explore and experiment with them. A baby’s imagination is given full reign while he or she is discovering the ways the instrument can be used. Choose instruments for children under 12 months of age that will encourage using large gross motor movements for playing; those that use hands, not fingers, for grabbing and shaking, or patting. Examples of these are hand drums and bells, egg shakers, or maracas. When a baby approaches 18 months, introduce instruments which can be manipulated with fine motor muscles used in pointing or holding things like mallets or finger cymbals. Parents should again play along with a baby and provide the social communicative aspect of music. At first, you will be strictly modeling and engaging your child musically, but as your baby becomes a
Music classes taught by skilled and certified teachers are great ways in which to gain more knowledge for being musical with your baby, and should be designed as much to inform and engage parents as they are to provide a rich musical environment for babies and children to grow musically. In addition, music classes allow children to engage musically with other children and with parents, thereby providing even more socialization and communication opportunities, while engaging brain power through music.
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