This Week’s Buzz Report

SPORTS LINE-UP

Massac County High School Basketball
Nov. 28-29:  Patriots at Vienna Turkey Tournament
Dec. 1, 5 pm:  Freshman Patriots at St. Mary
Dec. 1, 6:15 pm:  Lady Patriots vs Vienna, Home
Dec. 2, 5:15 pm:  Freshman Patriots vs Eldorado, Home
Dec. 4, TBA:  Lady Patriots at Marshall County Hoopfest
Dec. 6, TBA:  Patriots at Marshall County Hoopfest
Dec. 6, 11 am:  Lady Patriots vs Murphysboro, at home
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Massac County Junior High Basketball
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Joppa High School Basketball
Nov. 24-29:  Rangers at Crab Orchard Turkey Tournament


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27

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Thursday, Nov. 27
Thanksgiving Dinner

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wineaux’s Restaurant, 315 Forman Lane, Belknap, Il.
Leave the cooking and clean up to someone else while you enjoy this pleasant day with your family. Real turkey and ham on a buffet style presentation.  Many side dishes to compliment this delicious meal.  Meal is $15 plus drinks.   For information, call 618-658-2274.  Website

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28

Friday-Sunday, Nov. 28-30
Holiday Open Houses along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
Come and shop 12 unique wineries: Alto Vineyards, Blue Sky Vineyards, Hedman Vineyards, Hickory Ridge Vineyards, Honker Hill Vineyards, Kite Hill Vineyards, Orlandini Vineyards, Owl Creek Vineyards. Pomona Winery, Rustle Hill Winery, Starview Winery, and Von Jakob Winery. Most wineries are offering snacks and discounts along with entertainment, or peace and quiet if you’re looking to get away from the crowds. For more information about each winery, see newsletter.  Website

Every Friday
Strong for Life
10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Happy Hearts Senior Center, 701 Market St., Metropolis
This free exercise class is open to anyone over 60 years of age.  Exercises use elastic bands to strengthen legs and arms and to increase balance and stamina. Most exercises are done sitting down so if you can sit you can exercise. For more information, contact Cynthia Conder at 618-524-9755.

Every Friday
Story Time at the Library
11 a.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
This program is intended for ages 4-6. Parents or guardians are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Amanda Walker at 618-524-4312.  Website

Friday-Sunday: Nov. 28-30
Holiday Open House at Magnolia Manor
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
2700 Washington Ave., Cairo, Il.
Holiday House tour of historic home.  For information call 618-734-0201.

Every Friday
Paducah Writers Group
8 p.m
Etcetera Coffeehouse, 320 N. 6th St., Paducah, Ky.
Poets and storytellers from the area gather to share their words.  Step up to the mic yourself, or just sit and listen. Free.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29

Saturday, Nov. 29
Small Business Saturday
Remember to keep it local and do your shopping in Metropolis.

Saturdays and Sundays, though Dec. 13
12th Annual Union County Christmas Bazaar
Sat.  8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun.  1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
DuBois Building, 117 S. Appleknocker St., Cobden, Il.
Hundreds of new, gently used, upscale and collectible holiday items and gifts will be available. New merchandise will be added each weekend. Proceeds benefit the Union County Museum and the Union County Historical Society’s programs and exhibits, which are free and open to the public. For information, call the museum at 618-893-2865 or 618-893-2567.

Saturday, Nov. 29
Christmas in Downtown Anna

8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Downtown Anna, Illinois
Pictures with Santa, live music, lighting of the city tree, bazaars, gingerbread house contest and display. For information, call 618-833-1961.

Saturday, Nov. 29
Guided Hike: Crest Trail (Tecumseh Statue to Old Stone Face) (Saline County)
10 a.m.
Meet: Tecumseh Statue, Glen Jones Lake, Saline County State Fish and Wildlife Area, eight miles southeast of Harrisburg, Illinois
The River-to-River Trail Society provides guided hikes in and about the Shawnee National Forest. This hike is open to the public free of charge. Most hikes are of at least moderate difficulty, intended for people in good health who have done some walking. Boots or sturdy shoes are highly recommended. Hikers should bring their own water and a snack. No dogs, please. Hike leaders are Les and Deb Vaughn. For more information, contact Eric Johnson at 618-499-2337 or Gillum Ferguson at 630-357-9651.

Saturday, Nov. 29
The Big Miniature Art Sale
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
PAPA Gallery, 124 Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
This is the members annual miniature art sale.  All new miniatures created by Paducah Area Painters Alliance and sold forf $10.00 each.  These make great Christmas gifts, come early while the selection is best. Admission is free. For information, call 270-575-3544. Website

Saturday, Nov. 29
Dickens of a Christmas
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Downtown Paducah, 110 Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
Free Victorian carriage rides, Dickens characters roaming the streets, free hot chocolate, bake sales, store specials, holiday music and carolers, Yeiser Art Center Downtown Holiday Home Tours, free Christmas wrapping station and much more. Come and enjoy the Holiday Spirit in historic downtown Paducah. For information, contact Melinda Winchester at 270-444-8690 or mwinchester@paducahky.gov.  Website

Saturday, Nov. 29
Anna Arts Center Holiday Bazaar
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Anna Arts Center, 125 W. Davie St. Anna, Illinois
Art work, stain glass, knives with deer horn handles, quilts, festive cards, jewelry, and more. Get your Christmas list and come find that unique gift for your family and friends and support the artists and crafters. Make a free Christmas ornament at the Anna Arts Center booth. Everyone is invited – kids of all ages. For information, call 618-833-6525.

Every Saturday-Sunday through Dec. 6
Elijah P. Curtis Home Tour
Sat. Noon – 4 p.m.
Sun. 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Curtis Home, 405 Market St., Metropolis
Built in 1870, this home has been partially restored to reflect how it would have looked in the late 19th century.  It contains objects, photographs and papers from the history of the county. There is no charge for tours. To schedule tours at other times, contact Paul Fellows at 618-524-7203.

Saturday, Nov. 29
Yeiser 2nd Annual Downtown Tour of Homes
Noon – 4 p.m.
Yeiser Art Center, 200 Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
The tour features ten of the finest examples of downtown living and are different than the participating homes last year. All homes will be decorated with their most festive Christmas decor. Advance Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online or at Yeiser Art Center. Tickets the day of the event are $20 and the Guided Tour ticket price is $25. All proceeds benefit the art center. Visit Website.

Last Saturday
Paducah Improv Comedy
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Markethouse Blackbox Theater, 120 Market House Sq., Paducah, Ky.
Paducah’s improv comedy troupe performs short and long-form improvisation. Improv Studio Series is held on the last Saturday of each month. Tickets are $5 at the door. Facebook

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30

For recurring Church-related events,
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Sunday, Nov. 30
Sandi Patty (Myre Series)
3 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Sandi Patty is among the most honored female vocalists in contemporary Christian music history, with 40 Dove Awards and 5 Grammy Awards. She was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2012. Tickets only available as part of Myre Series Subscription, starting at $37. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 270-450-4444 or visit website.

Sunday, Nov. 30
Gospel Concert
6 p.m.
Reynoldsburg Church, 200 Frank Ln.., Vienna, Il.
The gospel concert will feature the group, Gospel Messengers. Refreshments will follow the service and no offering will be taken. Everyone is invited to attend.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 1

First Monday
AlliedSignal/Honeywell Retirees
8 a.m.
Waffle Hut located off I-24, Exit 3, on Old Cairo Rd., Paducah, Ky.
Retirees meet monthly for breakfast.

First Monday
Massac Quilters
9 a.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Workshops or demonstrations are held monthly. Anyone interested in quilting is invited to attend.  For more information, call 618-524-7074.

Every Monday, Nov, 10 – Dec. 15
How to Paint a Flower in Colored Pencil
9 a.m. – noon
PAPA Gallery, 124 Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
Vera Rodgers, an artist/teacher, will offer a six week class on colored pencil techniques.  Participants will be given guided hands-on instruction in how to paint a flower in colored pencil.  Cost is $10 per class session with an additional lab fee of $5 for use of PAPA Gallery facilities. For more information, contact Vera Rodgers at 618-967-7480 or rodgers.vera@gmail.com.

Monday, Dec. 1
Arthritis Support Group
Noon – 1 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
The group provides support for people living with arthritis. Meeting held in Baptist Heart Center conference room. Phone 270-575-2721 for more information.

Monday, Dec. 1
Stroke Support Group
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
The group provides support for stroke survivors and their caregivers, family and friends. Light refreshments are served. Meeting held in Baptist Heart Center conference room.
Phone Mary Legge at 270-575-2880 to register.

First Monday
Gluten Informational Meeting
Chiropractic Works, 723 Market St., Metropolis
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Informational meeting on gluten and gluten free foods, hosted by Brandi Robinson. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month. For information call 618-524-8300.  Website

Mondays, Dec. 1 and 8, or Saturday, Dec. 6
Prepared Childbirth Class
Mon. 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class designed to help expectant parents in their second or third trimester learn about the labor and delivery process. Class held in Meeting Room A, Doctors Office Building 2. Phone 270-575-2229 to register.

First Monday
Be Heart Smart
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 100 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Learn about eating healthy, new ways to be physically active and new ways to cook healthy.  April Reed is the class leader for this event held on the first Monday of each month.  For information contact Cindy at Southern Seven Health Department at  618-634-2297 x177.  Website

First Monday
Massac County Republican Women
6 p.m.
Pizza Hut, 2047 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Come and meet conservative women who are interested in supporting like-minded candidates at all levels of government. The group meets the first Monday of every month (except summer).  There is no charge.  For information, call Delores Giltner at 618-564-3304.

Every Monday
Ohio River Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol
6 p.m.
SCC Metro Center, 5385 Industrial Park Rd., Metropolis
The squadron specializes in the cadet program and studies radio-controlled aircraft, model rockets and basic astronomy.  Teenagers, ages 12-18, and adults are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Gregory Krempasky at gregmetroipad3@gmail.com.

First Monday (and next 3 Mondays)
Introduction to Ballroom Dancing
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Paducah Dance Academy, 6650 Old Cairo Rd., Paducah, Ky.
Jeremiah and Crystal will be happy to help you put your best foot forward. For complete beginners or those wishing to brush up on their steps, this four-class course focuses on the basics of two dances per month. Cost is $25 per person for four group classes. For information contact Crystal at pasodancer@msn.com.  Website

First Monday
Massac County Historical Society
6:30 p.m.
Elijah P. Curtis Home, 405 Market St., Metropolis.
Anyone interested in history is invited to attend the free meeting.

Every Monday
Monday Night Live
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Live music, dancing, refreshments.  This event is run by volunteers and counts on donations to pay the bands and provide refreshments.  For more information, call 618-638-2595.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2

Every Tuesday
Massac County Commissioners
8:30 a.m.
Massac County Courthouse, Superman Square, Metropolis
County board of commissioners meets each Tuesday to discuss business of the county.  Meeting is open to the public.

Every Tuesday
Bridge
10 a.m.
Girl Scout House, 1230 E. 7th St., Metropolis
For more information, call 618-524-5125.

Every Tuesday
Aerobics
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Janet Foster, instructor. No charge. 618-524-1696.

Every Tuesday
Metropolis Kiwanis Club
Noon – 1 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6th and Ferry streets, Metropolis
Club meets weekly to hear presentations and discuss service projects.  Meetings are free.  Website

Tuesday, Dec. 2
Visit with Santa
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
SIU Credit Union, 705 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Come and meet Santa and have a jolly good time.

Every Tuesday
Karate
4 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Brian Green, instructor.  $35 per month. For more information, call 618-524-1696.

Every Tuesday
Yoga Class
6 p.m.
Glass Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 727 E. 12th St., Metropolis
Classes conducted by Tonya Bell.  Cost is $15 per month. Please bring your own mat.  For more information, call 618-524-3768.

Every Tuesday
Bridge Ministry Weekly Dinner
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Brookport School gym, 319 Ferry St., Brookport, Il.
Area churches who have organized this ministry are hosting a free weekly dinner for Massac County residents who are in need. For more information, call 618-564-2616.

First Tuesday
Project Hope Humane Society
6:30 p.m.
Regular monthly meeting.  For time and place, call 618-524-8939 or 618-524-7709.

First Tuesday
Heartland Christian Home Educators of Illinois
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
St. John Church, 6201 Waldo Church Rd., Metropolis
This support group for parents who home school conducts monthly parents meeting on the first Tuesday of each month. For more information call Carrie Bullock at 618-638-3289 or carriehche@gmail.com.

First Tuesday
American Legion Post 306
7 p.m.
321 Market St., Metropolis
Monthly meeting.

First Tuesday
Mental Illness Support Group
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St., Metropolis
The National Alliance on Mental Illness support group for family members and those with mental illness is held the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, call 618-524-5628.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3

Wednesday, Dec. 3
Massac County Retired Teachers
10:15 a.m.
Happy Hearts Senior Center, 701 Market St., Metropolis
MCHS chorus will present a holiday program. Information will be presented regarding legislation that concerns retired and soon to be retired educators. Short business meeting will follow program and lunch. Dues of $10 will be collected. Association meets twice a year. If you plan to attend, contact Linda Grace at 618-940-0056 or lsgrace@ymail.com.

Every Wednesday
One-On-One Computer Help
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Got computer questions? The library has answers from basics to social media, job applications to resumes, to whatever you need. Ask Amanda for help during this time block every Wednesday.  Website

Every Wednesday
Bridge
Noon
Girl Scout House, 1230 E. 7th St., Metropolis
For more information, call 618-524-5125.

First Wednesday
Stitchers!
Noon
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
You are invited to bring anything that you might be working on. Share crafting ideas and learn from the Stitchers!  Meetings are the first Wednesday of the month. For information, call 618-524-4312.  Website

Every Wednesday
Weight Watchers
5 p.m.
Holiday Inn, 2179 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Weigh-ins begin at 5 p.m. with the meeting at 5:30 p.m.  Call 800-651-6000 to confirm meeting time and place.

Every Wednesday (until Christmas concert)
Community Choir Meetings
7 p.m.
Community Christian Church, Country Club Rd., Metropolis
A community choir has begun working on a Christmas cantata. Everyone from junior high age up is welcome. For more information, call Melissa Gallip at 618-638-4460.

First Wednesday
VFW Post 3847
7 p.m.
American Legion, 4th and Market streets, Metropolis
Monthly meeting.  Potential members are always welcome.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4

First Thursday
VA Representative
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Massac County Courthouse, Metropolis
VA representative is available to assist veterans with claims and other needs on the 1st Thursday of each month.  He can also be reached at 618-997-3309 or there is an online tool available on website.

Every Thursday
Weaver Creek Food Pantry
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Weaver Creek Baptist Church, 2748 North Ave., Metropolis
The church will open their food pantry on Thursdays in the fellowship hall at the back of the church. Anyone in need of food is encouraged to stop by.

Every Thursday
Aerobics
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Janet Foster, instructor. No charge. 618-524-1696.

Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 4-6
Student Center’s 36th Annual Holiday Craft Sale
Thu.-Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat.  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
SIU, Art Gallery & Renaissance Room (Student Center 1st floor), 1255 Lincoln Dr., Carbondale, Il.
Craft Sale, which features 75 craftspeople, is a good place to shop for holiday decorations, gifts, and unique items. Free and open to the public. Parking is free on Saturday at the Student Center. For information, call 618-453-3636 or visit website.

Thursday, Dec. 4
Holiday Open House
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge Office
Rustic Campus of Shawnee Community College
Come one, come all to celebrate the holiday season. Friends and staff welcome you for good food and friendship. For more information, call Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge at 618-634-2231.

Every Thursday
Metropolis Rotary Club
12:10 p.m. – 1 p.m.
First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St., Metropolis
Club meets weekly to discuss service projects.  Website

Every Thursday
Line Dancing Class
6 p.m.  Beginners class
7 p.m.  Intermediate and couples class
American Legion Hall, 423 Legion Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Night Moves Dance Club offers line dance lessons every Thursday.  $4 admission charge.  For information call 270-442-3186 or 270-554-1486.  Website

Every Thursday
DivorceCare
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Life Church Eastland, 716 E. 3rd St., Metropolis
This free support group focuses on help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce.  All are welcome.  For more information, contact Shawn Casperson at 618-524-1062.

Every-Other-Thursday
Young Elks Club
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Metropolis Elks Lodge, 104 W. 4th St., Metropolis
Any young person ages 12-20 years, is welcome to join the Young Elks.  The group plans and hosts various events to help out in the community. For more information, contact Patty Henry at 404-683-2616.

Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 4-7, and Dec. 11-14
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Thur.-Sat. 7 p.m.
Sat. & Sun.  2:30 p.m.
Market House Theater, 132 Market House Sq., Paducah, Ky.
Charlie Brown finds himself depressed at Christmas, searching for the true meaning of the season. Based on the beloved television special and featuring the jazz and holiday music of the original classic. Tickets are available at 270-444-6828 or on website.

Thursday, Dec. 4
Evening Upstairs: The Coke Plant: Reviving a Paducah Treasure
7 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Built in 1939, the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant holds an important place in Paducah’s history. After being vacant for seven years, the building has new owners, Ed and Meagan Musselman. Ed will share the rich history of the building and share current restoration progress of this historic landmark. Program is held in the 2nd floor meeting room and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510 x117 or bwrinkle@mclib.net. For program details, visit website.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5

Friday, Dec. 5
Metropolis City Council Committee Meetings

11:00 a.m. Finance Committee
11:30 a.m. Water, Light & Street Committee
City Hall, Council Room upstairs, 106 West 5th St., Metropolis
Meetings are open to the public. Agenda will be posted as it becomes available.

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 5-7
4th Annual Student and Faculty Holiday Art Sale
Fri. Noon – 5 p.m.
Sat.  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery, WKCTC, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
West Kentucky Community & Technical College is having a sale that features great art at great prices for gift giving or personal collections. Free admission.

Friday, Dec. 5
Hot Cocoa Snowman Craft

4:30 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Make snowmen out of jars, containing hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, and peppermints. Please register by Wed. Dec. 3rd. Limited spots available.  Program is free of charge. For ages 18 and up. The library is  accepting glass baby food jars for this craft. For information, contact Amanda Quint at 618-524-4312 or library@cityofmetropolis.com.

First Friday
Western United Cherokee Cultural meeting
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Vienna, Illinois
Cultural nights are held to teach about native culture, current events, history, and spirituality. Speakers and subjects vary monthly. Refreshments or a ‘pot luck’ are always available, and all are welcome regardless of age or ethnicity. The meeting is held the first Friday of each month, normally at the Vienna Public library. Please call to confirm time, date and location, 618-922-3273.

Friday, Dec. 5
Oak Ridge Boys
7:30 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Legendary hits and Christmas too. Tickets start at $24. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 270-450-4444 or visit website.

SATURDAY, DEC. 6

Saturday, Dec. 6
Christmas in the Village
Cobden, Illinois
Santa Claus, strolling carolers, surrey rides, piñatas, Christmas Bazaars and lighting of the village tree, 5K run/walk, along with other activities and entertainment. For more information, call 618-893-2425.

Saturday, Dec. 6
Kiwanis All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast
6:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
First United Methodist Church, 100 E. Fifth St., Metropolis
Proceeds to benefit Kiwanis children programs. Prices are $7 for adults, and ages 10 and under eat free when accompanied by an adult.  Website

First Saturday
Free Nail Clipping Day for Dogs
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Paws and Claws Dog Salon, 3098 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Free nail clipping for all dogs at Paws and Claws located across from Massac Junior High School. For more information, contact Kathy or Bethany at 618-638-3988 or candlebakery@frontier.com.

First Saturday
Southern Illinois Spinners and Weavers Guild
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Fort Massac State Park, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis, Il.
Artists include knitters, spinners, weavers, crocheters, felters, and other fiber arts. Feel free to join in or just come and watch. New members are welcome and there is no cost to join guild or to attend gatherings. Meetings are once a month on the first Saturday. For more information, call 618-524-9321.  Facebook

Saturday, Dec. 6
Guided Hike: Mantle Rock (Livingston County, Ky.)
10 a.m.
Meet: Cave-in-Rock Ferry Landing (Illinois side)
The River-to-River Trail Society provides guided hikes in and about the Shawnee National Forest. This hike is open to the public free of charge. Most hikes are of at least moderate difficulty, intended for people in good health who have done some walking. Boots or sturdy shoes are highly recommended. Hikers should bring their own water and a snack. No dogs, please. Hike leader is Mark Motsinger. For more information, contact Eric Johnson at 618-499-2337 or Gillum Ferguson at 630-357-9651.

Saturday, Dec. 6
Holiday Market
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Over 25 vendors will be selling baked goods, hand-made and ready-made items including pottery, collectibles, antiques, gift wrapping, and more.

Saturday, Dec. 6
Annual Candy Cane Hunt
9 a.m. Registration
10 a.m.  Hunt
Riverfront Plaza, Paducah, Ky.
Children ages 12 and under will race to find as many candy canes as they can. The children will be divided into two age groups as they race to collect the more than 1000 candy canes. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the hunt at 10 a.m. Goodie bags will be given out to the first 100 participants in addition to drawings for door prizes. Free.

Saturday, Dec. 6
63rd Annual Christmas Parade in Metropolis
1:30 p.m.
Theme is Christmas in Paradise. Route is Washington Park, on E. 3rd Street, up Ferry Street, left on E. 5th Street, around Superman Square, up Market Street to 9th Street. The alternate date in case of rain is Sunday, December 7th at 1:30 p.m. Please listen to WMOK for rain out information. For information, contact the Chamber at 618-524-2714 or office@metropolischamber.com.

Saturday, Dec. 6 
SCC Madrigal: And Baby Makes Three
2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Shawnee Community College, 8364 College Rd., Ullin Il.
Enjoy an evening of feasting and merriment in 17th Century style at the Main Campus. As the ongoing saga unfolds, there is a new citizen in the Kingdom of Chelsea and only Sorsha the Sorceress knows where the Baby came from. Ticket prices for the dinner and show are at a new reduced price of $18 per person. For information or to order tickets, please contact Lisa Root at 618-634-3250 or lisar@shawneecc.edu.

Saturday, Dec. 6
Cookies with Santa
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Happy Hearts Senior Center, 701 Market St., Metropolis
Mr. Claus and friends invite kids to come and enjoy treats, have a photo taken, talk with his elves, and sit on Santa’s knee. Featuring cookies, fruit, milk, and craft project. Tickets are $5 per child and are available at the door, or at any City National Bank branch. Event immediately follows the Christmas parade. Please bring your own camera for photos with Santa. Sponsored by United Way of Massac County.

Saturday, Dec. 6
Christmas Parade – Paducah
5 p.m.
The parade starts on Broadway at 14th Street and proceeds to 2nd Street. Santa is expected to make an appearance at this year’s parade. For more information, call 800-PADUCAH.

Saturdays, Dec. 6, 13, and 20
Holiday Laser Light Music Show
5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Golden Pond Planetarium, 238 Visitor Center Dr., Cadiz, Ky.
Land Between the Lakes Nat’l. Recreation Area, Ky.
Watch laser lights dance across the 40 foot dome while listening to awesome music. All seats are $7. Seats are limited and doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. For more information, call 800-LBL-7077. Website  Show Schedule

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7

For recurring Church-related events,
Visit our Beelieve link.

Sunday, Dec. 7
Tour of Homes in Massac County
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Massac County Historical Society hosts an annual tour of homes with holiday decor from yesteryear, evergreen wreaths, mistletoe and antique tree ornaments. The Curtis House is featured every year. Other homes include Mandy Brinker, 11 Joshua Dr., Sherry Brown, 904 Ferry St., Don & Kim Baker, 206 E. 10th St., and a local church. Admission. 618-524-8297.

Sunday, Dec. 7
Holiday Home Tour in Vienna
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Johnson County Home and Community Education Association will host the tour. Tickets are $7. For locations, call 618-695-2430.

Sunday, Dec. 7
Carols at Early Candlelight 
4 p.m.
Historic St. Anne’s, 507 South Main St., Anna, Il.
This quaint 1886 church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Parking is available behind Stinson Library.  Free event.  For more information, call 618-833-9441 or 800-248-4373.  Website

MONDAY, DECEMBER 8

Second Monday
Metropolis Garden Club
9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis.
New members are always welcome.  Refreshments are available at 9:30 a.m., followed by the program at 10 a.m. Free for admission. $15 for year for membership. The club meets the 2nd Monday of most months for a business meeting and an interesting gardening presentation. December meeting will be a luncheon at 11 a.m. For information, contact Anne Parmley at 618-524-9022 or anne.parmley@gmail.com.  Website

Monday, Dec. 8
Red Cross Blood Drive
11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Rd., Metropolis
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent form). Height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger. For more information, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

Monday, Dec. 8, and Wednesday, Dec. 10
Diabetes Class
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class with a certified diabetes instructor to assist with any questions or concerns about diabetes. Class meets in Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2. Phone 270.575.2918 for more information.

Second Monday
Go Heart Smart
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Life Church Eastland, 716 E. 3rd St., Metropolis
Open to anyone interested in learning more about behavioral change and prevention of disease. Meetings will be held monthly on the second Monday. For more information, contact Cindy Oliver at 800-698-4820 x177.

Second Monday
MCHS Band Boosters
6:30 p.m.
Massac County High School Band Room
The band boosters meet monthly to assist with Patriot Band activities.

Second & Fourth Mondays
Metropolis City Council
7 p.m.
City Hall, Council Room upstairs, 106 West 5th St., Metropolis
Council meets regularly on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.  Meeting is open to the public. Agenda will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9

Second Tuesday
Adjustments for Kids
Chiropractic Works, 723 Market St, Metropolis
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adjustments for Kids event helps families get affordable chiropractic care for their children, no insurance needed.  The fee of $10, $15, or $20 is based upon how old they are. This event is held the second Tuesday of each month. For more information call  618-524-8300.  Website

Second Tuesday
Mothering Through Breastfeeding
10 a.m.
Grace Episcopal Church, 9th and Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
This parenting support group is open to all pregnant and nursing mothers and their children.  For information, call 270-443-2373 or 270-442-4891.

Second Tuesday
Metropolis Area Tourism Commission
11 a.m.
Metropolis City Hall, Council Chambers, 106 W 5th St., Metropolis
The commission meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday to discuss tourism projects.  Agenda will be posted as it becomes available.

Tuesday, Dec. 9
Mrs. Edna’s Bleach Bottle Santa Craft
3 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Please register by Dec, Sat. 6th for this free craft. Limited spots available. The library is in need of empty bleach or vinegar bottles, please and thank you. Mrs. Edna Devore will be hosting this program. For information, contact Amanda Quint at 618-524-4312 or library@cityofmetropolis.com.

Tuesdays, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16
Smart Beginnings Childbirth Class
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class designed for pregnant teens or the non-traditional family unit to help them learn about the labor and delivery process. Class meets in Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2. Phone 270-575-2229 to register.

Second Tuesday
Girl Scout Leaders Meeting
6:30 p.m.
Girl Scout House, 1230 E. 7th St., Metropolis

Second Tuesday
Friends of IOOF Cemetery Meeting
6:30 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, basement, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Anyone interested in the maintenance of the IOOF Cemeteries is encouraged to attend the meeting on the second Tuesday of each month.

Second Tuesday
Brookport City Council
7 p.m.
City Council Chambers, W. 3rd St., Brookport, Il.
The Council meets monthly to discuss city government. Community members have two minutes to voice their concerns during the public session. Anything that will take longer must be put on the agenda by notifying City Hall by Friday.

Tuesday, Dec. 9
Holiday Grocery Grab
7 p.m.
Big John, 1200 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Two lucky winners will be given 3 minutes to grab as many groceries as they can stuff into one cart. Tickets can be purchased at City National Bank, Banterra, Midcountry Bank, or Big John’s for $5 a chance. Tickets are limited. Winners will be drawn on Thursday, Dec. 4th. Hosted by Metropolis Rotary Club and Big John. See Flyer Post for more details.

Second Tuesday
Quail Unlimited
7 p.m.
Jumbo’s Restaurant, 97 Redbud Ln., Vienna, Il.
River Oaks Quail Unlimited meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Jumbo’s Restaurant in Vienna.

Second Tuesday
VFW Ladies Auxiliary
7 p.m.
American Legion Post, 4th and Market streets, Metropolis
Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary 3847 meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10

Wednesday-Thursday, Dec. 10-11
Massac Pre-K Free Screening
8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and Noon – 2 p.m
Metropolis Primary School, 416 E. 9th St., Metropolis, Il.
Pre-K classes begin on Monday, January 12 for children not currently enrolled in Head Start. Class availability at Metropolis Primary and Brookport Elementary schools: Morning 8-10:30 a.m., Afternoon 12-12:30 p.m. Children must be ages 3 (as of Dec. 10, 2014) to 5 years. You will need to bring your child with birth certificate, immunization record, and a current physical within one year of Jan. 12, 2015. Appointments are required. Please call Angie Kennedy at 618-564-2482 to make an appointment.

Second & Fourth Wednesdays
Postpartum Depression Support
9:30 a.m.
Lourdes Medical Pavilion, 225 Medical Center Dr., Paducah, Ky.
The free support group is available for women experiencing anxiety or depression during the year following the birth of a child. Meeting is held monthly in the Women’s Health and Wellness Center on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. For more information, call 270-534-4357.

Second Wednesday
Massac County Chamber of Commerce
Noon
Former Chamber Office, 516 Market St., Metropolis
Chamber members and guests meet monthly to network with fellow businesses and discuss community events and services. Lunch is available for $7 and reservations are required. To RSVP, contact 618-524-2714 or office@metropolischamber.com. Website

Wednesday, Dec. 10
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Family Series)
6:45 p.m.
Carson Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
From fleeing the Abominable Snow Monster to saving Christmas, join Rudolph and friends as they teach us that what makes us different can be what makes us special. Tickets only available as part of Family Series Subscription, starting at $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 270-450-4444 or visit website.


ON-GOING EVENTS ———-

Weekdays while schools are in session
Faith Cares Mentoring Lunch Buddy Program
Faith Cares Mentoring is a multi-­denominational, Christian faith-­based program that serves the community in a variety of ways with the help of AmeriCorps Service Members and community volunteers. Adult Lunch Buddies volunteer to eat lunch at school at least twice a month with a child in the first through fourth grades. This extra adult attention received from a positive role model will hopefully motivate the child to do well in school and later succeed in life. Adult Lunch Buddies are needed at Brookport, Maple Grove, and Metropolis Elementary Schools.  For more information, call 618-524-8763 or email  faithcaresmentoring@gmail.com.

Firefighters Help Hometown Soldier
Metropolis Fire Department, 213 W 7th St., Metropolis
Shirts are being sold to raise funds for the Associated Firefighters of Illinois Warrior Program. This year’s recipient is Jarrod Bullock of Metropolis, who was wounded in action in Afghanistan. Shirts are $20 for short-sleeve or $25 for long sleeve. Raffle tickets on sale for a 2014 Polaris Ranger 800 are $20 each, with only 1500 being sold.  For more information, call 618-524-2121 or email Metropolisfire@gmail.com.

Through November
Library Amnesty Month in Brookport
Brookport Library, 7415 South US 45, Brookport, Il.
Books can be returned without a late fee no matter how late it is.

Through Wednesday, Dec. 17
Letters from Santa
City National Bank, 2070 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Santa wants to tell your little ones know how much he appreciates their good behavior this year. For $10 per letter, your kids can hear from Santa himself. These make a great stocking stuffers. Provide the following information: Name of child, gender, age and address. For siblings, provide enough information to make these letters unique for each child. Letters can be purchased at the City National Bank Interstate Branch. All proceeds benefit Massac County United Way.

Through Thursday, Dec. 18
Drawing for UK Tickets
Guardian Family Services of Metropolis is selling tickets for a drawing for two University of Kentucky basketball tickets. Drawing will be held on Dec. 18th. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The game will be held Tuesday, Feb. 3rd. Tickets are valued at $70 and are located in Section 240, Row G, Seats 13 and 14. For information or to purchase tickets, call 618-524-4357.

Through Friday, Dec. 19
Submit Your Artwork for Teen Spirit 2015
Work will be accepted from students grades 9-12. Teachers and students are encouraged to submit images of their work to submissionsteenspirit@gmail.com no later than Dec. 19, at 4 p.m. Artists and teachers will be notified of acceptance of work by Dec. 29. Artists may deliver their accepted work to Yeiser Art Center on Jan. 10, 13, and 14, and no later than Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded. Artwork must have the label from the contract attached to the back of the work. For more information, click here.

Through Jan. 31
Shoe Collection Drive
Light the Way, 306 W. 8th St., Metropolis
Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes at Light the Way office. All donated shoes will be purchased by Funds2Orgs and those funds will be used for supportive housing for disabled homeless persons. For information call 618-524-3653

National Quilt Museum
215 Jefferson St., Paducah, Ky.
Currently, the Museum has over 320 quilts from over 350 different quilt makers in our collection. At any given time, 50-60 of these quilts are on display in the gallery as well as the miniature quilts collection. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students.
Through Dec. 9: Split Nine and Nine Patch Quilts from Pilgrim Roy Collection
Through Feb. 23: Motion from Contemporary QuiltArt Association
Ongoing:  Oh WOW! Miniature Quilts
Website

PAPA Gallery Shows
10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday
124 Broadway, Paducah, Ky.
Shows change on a continual basis. Free. The gallery is handicapped accessible and admission is always free.
Nov. 29:  $10 Art Sale
Website

Yeiser Art Center Exhibits
Yeiser Art Center, Market House Square, Paducah, Ky.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
The center is free and open to the public but accepts and relies on donations. 

Nov. 22 – Dec. 27:  Member’s Show by Yeiser Art Center members
Dec. 31:  Wastelanders New Year’s Eve 2014 Art Exhibition and Celebration by David Brown
Jan. 18  – Jan. 31: 22nd Annual Teen Spirit
Visit website

Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery
Paducah School of Art & Design
4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Dec. 5-7: Annual Student and Faculty Holiday Art Sale
Visit website.


PLAN AHEAD
for these Upcoming Events —–

Saturday, Dec. 13
Penguins, Pedals, & Pedestrians 5K Bike Ride, Run, Walk
11:45 a.m. Registration
1 p.m. Race
Fort Massac State Park, 1308 E 5th St., Metropolis
Registration will be near the 1810 Pavilion, across from Sonic Drive-in. Bike race will begin first, then the run second and last the walk. Entry fee is $25. Pre-registration will be accepted until Dec. 1st. Registration form information can be found by visiting Weekend Blessings Facebook Page and forms will be available at the Metropolis First United Methodist Church. All proceeds will benefit the Weekend Blessings Backpack Food Program which serves approximately 100 students each week with weekend meals. Donations are also welcome and appreciated. For more information, contact Weekend Blessings at 618-524-9657 or massacweekendblessings@gmail.com.

Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center
100 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Ky.
Dec. 11:  Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Dec. 19: Savior: The Story of God’s Passion for His People
Dec. 20:  The Reason: A Family Christmas Experience
Visit website

Market House Theater Productions
141 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Dec. 18:  Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: Murder in Red and Green
Visit website

Clemens Fine Arts Center
4810 Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children.
Dec. 5-7: PSAD Annual Holiday Art Sale

Dec. 27: WKCTC Community Chorus Holiday Concert
Season tickets are available now, and single tickets sales start on August 1st. Call 270-534-3212 or visit website for tickets and more information.


There’s always something to do!

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