This Week’s Buzz Report

Massac County High School Athletic Calendar
Keep up to date on Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Tennis and Track events. Visit monthly calendar.

Through Saturday, April 26
American Quilters Society Quilt Show & Contest
Paducah Expo Center, 414 Park St., Paducah, Ky.
It’s one of the premier events in the Midwest. See thousands of quilts on display at the official show and at various locations throughout Quilt City, USA. Many other activities and classes offered under the Workshops Tab on website.

Through Friday, April 25
Rotary 26th Annual Antique Quilt Show
9 a.m.-6 p.m. (April 25: 4 pm closing time)
Robert Cherry Civic Center, 2701 W. Park Dr., Paducah, Ky.
The show features a display of quilts that won the Hoffman Challenge and include 16 merchant vendors. Curator Sue Reich will present Quilts from 200 Years of American History. Event also includes a vendor mall. Proceeds from the Rotary show are used to fund the club’s community scholarship program. Admission is $5 for the week.

Through Saturday, April 26
Annual Oaks Artisan Festival
10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Kentucky Oaks Mall, 5101 Hinkleville Rd., Paducah, Ky.
This event will showcase the region’s finest artists, crafters and quilters from around the United States. Here you’ll find not only quilts but handmade jewelry, furniture, baskets, candles, herbs and spices, and much more. Free entertainment on the stage in Dillard’s Court each night from 5-9 p.m. For more information, visit website.


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

Every Thursday
Metropolis Rotary Club
Noon-1 p.m.
El Tequila Restaurant, 1407 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Club meets weekly to discuss service projects.  Website

Thursday, April 24 -Saturday, April 26
Exploring Quilts of the Underground Railroad
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Hotel Metropolitan, 724 Oscar Cross Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Often times, the story behind the quilt is as fascinating as the quilt itself, perhaps even more. Website

Thursday, April 24
Facebook for Seniors
4-6 p.m.
SCC Metro Center, 5385 Industrial Park Rd., Metropolis
Shawnee Community College course for people who use Facebook to connect with family and friends all around the world. Learn the basics of using this program to share news and photographs. Attendees will need to have an email address and password to create a Facebook account. The cost is $10. Instructor: Angie Sivori, Social Media Consultant. Register before Monday, April 21 by calling 618-634-3254.

Thursday, April 24
Run For the Son
4-8 p.m.
Newt’s Pizza Inn, 523 E. Vine St., Vienna, Il.
Recycled, a Christian motorcycle association, will have this fundraiser at Newt’s Pizza. Everyone is invited to support this cause. For more information, call 618-657-2290 or 618-658-0236.

Thursday, April 24
Grandparenting Class
5-6 p.m.
Baptist Health, 2501 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Free class provides grandparents and older caregivers with updated information, safety tips and a refresher on how to care for grandchildren. Class is held in Atrium Classroom, Doctors Office Building 2. Phone 270-575-2229 to register.

Last Thursday
Save the Massac
6 p.m.
Metropolis Chamber of Commerce, 607 Market St., Metropolis
Anyone interested in joining the effort to save the Massac Theater is welcome to attend.  Group is planning fundraisers and other activities to restore the historic theater.  Facebook

Every Thursday
Ohio River Squadron of Civil Air Patrol
6 p.m.
Life Church Eastland, 716 E. East 3rd St., 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 at

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.  For information call 270-442-3186 or 270-554-1486.  $4 admission charge.  Website

Thursday, April 24
Annual Academic Awards Ceremony for Students
6:30 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
The ceremony will honor outstanding students from the region who have participated in academic competition during the school year. The scholarships awarded to deserving seniors from Massac County and Joppa High schools have totaled $268,500 to 349 students. Sponsored by the local Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, and the two high schools.

Thursday, April 24
Young Elks Club
6:30-8 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.

Every Thursday
6:30 -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.

Thursday, April 24
Evening Upstairs: Quilt Art: Examining the Narrative in Kentucky Quilts
7 p.m.
McCracken County Public Library, 2nd Floor meeting room
555 Washington St, Paducah, Ky.
As a result of oral history interviews with quilters across Kentucky, Dr. Pearlie Johnson has gathered a small, yet powerful group of quilters whose work she discusses in her presentation. Her work explores women’s history, storytelling, identity politics, and empowerment. This presentation includes quilts made by women of all cultural groups. Program is free. For more information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510 ext. 119 (Toll-free 866-829-7532) or email

Thursday-Sunday, April 24-27
Steel Magnolias
Thu-Sat: 7:30 p.m., Sun: 2:30 p.m., Special Sat. Matinee Apr. 26: 2:30 p.m.
Market House Theater, 141 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Steel Magnolias is set in Truvy’s beauty salon where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Steel Magnolias draws on the underlying strength and love which give the characters the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad. For ticket information, call 270-444-6828 or visit website.

Thursday, April 24
Moscow Festival Ballet – Swan Lake
7:30 p.m.
Clemens Fine Arts Center, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Adults $25, Students & Children $15. Included in FOCUS season ticket.
Moscow Festival Ballet will dazzle you with their magical production fo Tchaikovsky’s classic Russian ballet, Swan Lake. For ticket information, call 270-534-3212 or 270-534-3213. Website


Friday, April 25
Red Cross Blood Drive
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Massac Memorial Hospital, 28 Chick St., 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. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information.

Every Friday
Strong for Life
10-10:30 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 at 618-524-4312.  Website

Friday, April 25
Unity Spring Carnival
4:30-7:30 p.m.
Unity Elementary School, 6846 Unity School Rd., Brookport, Il.
Come for fun family entertainment. Games and refreshments will be available. Pill Bottle Phil will help MCDAC collect unused prescription medicine, hand out materials, raise awareness. See flyer.

Friday, April 25
Ham and Bean Benefit for Megan Henderson
4-7 p.m.
Metropolis Masonic Lodge, 111 E. Third St., Metropolis
Menu will also include fried taters, cornbread, dessert, coffee and tea. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. All proceeds will benefit Megan Henderson, who is currently receiving cancer treatment in Texas. Everyone is encouraged to attend and help this local family.

Every Friday
Paducah International Raceway Racing
5 p.m. Grandstand, 7:30 Racing 
4445 Shemwell Lane, Paducah, Ky.
Late-model stock and sprint-car racing Friday nights April through September. Website

Friday, April 25 – Saturday, April 26
Historic Lower Town Home and Garden Tour
6-9 p.m. Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday
Lower Town Paducah
Outstanding homes tour to benefit Lower Town Neighborhood Association. Tickets are $10. Tickets are available at the Texaco Station information center at 7th and Madison or by calling 270-441-7050.

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, Apr. 26
13th Annual Birding Blitz of Southernmost Illinois
All day
Teams compete to see and hear the most species of birds in a 24-hour period, while raising money for conservation in southernmost Illinois. The challenge covers 11 counties and 5 categories. $25 per team adult member, 2 member minimum, $10 per student member, $100 in pledge required per team toward habitat preservation. For details or to register, visit website.

Saturday, April 26
Quilter’s Luncheon
Enjoy the rich heritage of Quilting. Local family heirloom and new quilts are on display. Lunch is served on tables set with different themes and table settings. For more information, call 618-683-MAIN.  Website

Saturday, April 26
St. Paul Annual ACS Relay For Life Plant and Bake Sale
7 a.m.-Noon
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St., Metropolis
Proceeds from the sale of plants of all kinds, wreaths, garden accessories, and baked goods will benefit the ACS Relay for Life. A variety of other items will be available and the proceeds from those items will help with ongoing church projects. The public is welcome to attend.

Saturday, April 26
18th Annual Rebuilding Together
8 a.m.
Randy Rushing’s building, 800 block of W 10th St., Metropolis
Several homes in Massac County will receive work from the community. Volunteer teams and individuals will meet at the Rushing building across from the Metropolis Community Center to receive their assignments. Volunteers are encouraged to bring rakes, mops, buckets, shovels, wheelbarrows, small ladders and more to aid in the work throughout the day. To donate your time, call Sandy Dailey at 618-524-5627 or show up at the 8 am meeting.

Saturday, April 26
Project Graduation Disc Golf Tournament
8 a.m. Registration, 9 a.m. Tee off
Fort Massac State Park, 1308 E 5th St., Metropolis
Come out and support our local high school graduates. Free mini disc for every player. Prize winnings for 1st and 2nd in each class. Costs are: Advanced $35, Intermediate $30, Recreational $25, and Student (18 and under) $10. You can register on website or at the event.

Saturday, April 26
New Beginnings Clothes Closet
9 a.m.-Noon
New Beginnings Church, 724 E. 12th St., Metropolis
Clothes of all sizes available at no cost on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.  For more information call 618-524-3604.

Saturday, April 26 – Sunday, April 27
Blues’s Junk and Primitive Spring Market
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Route 166, Creal Springs, next to City Hall
Admission cost is a canned good or $1. For more information, call 618-922-1130.

Saturday, April 26
River-To-River Trail, Hayes Creek Guided Hike
10 a.m.
Meet: Shawnee Mart, Route145, Eddyville, Illinois
Hayes Creek in Pope County. Led by Eric Johnson. Sturdy shoes are recommended and hikers should bring their own water and snack. No dogs are allowed. The River-to-River Tail Society runs through the Shawnee National Forest between Elizabethtown on the Ohio River and Grand Tower on the Mississippi River. For more information, call Eric Johnson at 618-499-2337.

Saturday, April 26
Earth Day in the Park
2-10 p.m.
Carson Park, 300 N 30th St., Paducah, Ky
Recycle Now Paducah is partnering with WKCTC’s Concept Zero to present this event to celebrate Earth Day and a commitment to keeping our environment clean. There will be music, speakers, local vendors and information booths, food and fun for all ages. Free. Come rain or shine since it is under a tent. Musicians listed on Facebook.

Saturday, April 26
Project Hope Whiskers and Wine
2 p.m.
I-24 Event Center, 2125 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Wine tasting  begins at 2 pm with soft drinks and beer also available. From 4:30-8:30 pm, the Cotton Patch Band will be playing 60′s through 90′s music along with some country music. Food prepared by Monty Eichorn. Project Hope will be offering silent auction items and raffling off a Sharp big screen TV donated by Charlie Eichorn. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Tickets can be purchased at the event or at Project Hope, 1698 W 10th Street, Metropolis. The raffle will be drawn at 8 pm and winner need not be present to win. Money raised will help with day-to-day operations of the shelter. No admission cost.

Every Saturday
Beer and Wine Tasting
4-6 p.m.
Wagner Wine & Spirits, 2700-B New Holt Rd., Paducah, Ky.
Wagner Tastings are a great way to try new beer and wine.  When you decide on your favorites, you can take them home at a discount.  A gourmet cheese or dip is also featured. For more information call 270-448-5108.  Website

Saturday, April 26
Benefit Spaghetti Dinner
5-7 p.m.
First Church of God, 1105 Girard St., Metropolis
Menu will include baked spaghetti, salad, dessert and drink. Individuals can eat in or carry out. All donations will be used for the church’s building fund.

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 Church Activities
Visit our BEElieve Link for Listings

Sunday, April 27
Blessing of the Bikes
6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Bald Knob Cross of Peace, 3630 Bald Knob Cross Rd., Alto Pass, Il.
Thousands of motorcyclists travel to this cross for a special message at 1 p.m, and roadkill stew and chili served at 2 p.m. For information call 618-201-3229.  Website

Sunday, April 27
Massac County Youth Fair Fundraiser Dinner
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Massac County Community Center, 4476 Korte Rd., Metropolis
Menu includes ribeye or smoked brisket sandwiches with baked potatoes or hot dogs and chips, plus slaw, baked beans, beverage and home-made desserts. All proceeds from the donation-only dinner will benefit the Youth Fair.

Every Sunday
Celebrate Recovery
1-3:45 p.m.
Life Church Eastland, 716 E. 3rd St., Metropolis
Lunch is served at 1 p.m. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered 12-step program for hurts, habits and hang-ups.  Child care can be available if arranged in advance. For more information, call 618-638-5841.

Sunday, April 27
Sunday Super Supper
5-6 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 100 E. 5th St., Metropolis
A free hot meal will be served for the working poor, homeless and needy in Massac County. A bag of groceries for each family unit will also be available to take home. This supper will be provided most months on the last Sunday of each month. In case of a holiday, call church at 618-524-9345 to confirm date. For more information contact Joann at 618-524-9325.

Sunday, April 27
Eric Horner Concert
6 p.m.
First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St., Metropolis
Eric grew up in Paducah and has toured the world, playing with famous artists. He now spends his time on the road ministering in churches and military bases all across America. The theme this year is on the family. Refreshments will follow and a freewill offering will be taken.


Monday, April 28
At the Rivers Ministries Free Hot Meal
5 p.m.
Dorothy Miller Park, E. Front St., Metropolis
At the River Ministries will be serving a hot meal on the 4th Monday of each month to anyone who has a need. The meal will be followed by a time of worship and distribution of gifts. If the weather is bad, the meal will be served at Eastland Life Church, 716 E. 3rd, Street. Free transportation available between 4:30-5 p.m. at Haven House, Guardian Family Services, Humma Apartments, and Spence Apartments. For more information or to volunteer, please call Dan Haun at 618-638-6901.   Website

Every Monday
Monday Night Live
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Live music by Due South, dancing, refreshments.  No charge, but donations welcome.  For more information, call 618-524-1696.

Monday, April 28
Metropolis City Council
7 p.m.
City Hall, Council Room upstairs, 106 West 5th St., Metropolis
105 W. Fifth St., Metropolis
Council meets regularly on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.  Meeting is open to the public.  Agenda will be posted when it becomes available.

Monday, April 28
Massac Unit One School Board
7 p.m.
Unit One office, 4th & Metropolis streets, Metropolis
Board meets monthly to discuss business.  Open to the public.


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

Every Tuesday
10-11 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

Every Tuesday
4 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St., Metropolis
Brian Green, instructor.  $35 per month. 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.

Tuesday, April 29
Book Club: I Hate That Book
6 p.m.
Metropolis Public Library, 317 Metropolis St., Metropolis
Join in the discussion about books you dislike. Talk others out of wasting their time on reading a book. Refreshments will be served and good books will be discussed too. Free. Program intended for adults ages 18 and over.

Every Tuesday
Bridge Ministry Weekly Dinner
6-8 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.

Tuesday, April 29
Maple Grove Elementary Spring Carnival
5-7 p.m.
Maple Grove Elementary School, 1698 Grand Chain Rd., Metropolis
Come for fun family entertainment. Games and refreshments will be available. Pill Bottle Phil will help MCDAC collect unused prescription medicine, hand out materials, raise awareness. See flyer.

Tuesday, April 29
Metropolis Spring Carnival
6-7:30 p.m.
Metropolis Elementary School, 1015 Filmore St., Metropolis
Come for fun family entertainment. Games and refreshments will be available. Pill Bottle Phil will help MCDAC collect unused prescription medicine, hand out materials, raise awareness.  See flyer.

Tuesday, April 29
MCHS Trivia Night
7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m.
Massac County High School, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Trivia contest with teams of 6 players will be held in the school cafeteria, along with a silent auction. Refreshments will be available. Cost is $15 per person. To reserve your table, call or email Kelley Sullivan at MCHS at 618-524-3440 or If calling and have to leave a message, please leave your name and phone number as contact information.


Wednesday Church Activities
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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 Terrin for help during this time block every Wednesday. Website

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

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


Thursday, May 1
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.

Thursday, May 1
Movie Night – The Secret World of Bats
7-9 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Rt. 37 South, Cypress, Il.
Movies about nature will provide viewers of all ages with a fun way to learn about the outside world. The AmeriCorps staff will hold a short discussion about the movie after each session. For more information, call the Cache River Wetlands Center at 618-657-2064. Website


Friday, May 2
Western United Cherokee Cultural meeting
7-9 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, May 2
Movies in the Park – Zookeeper
7:30 p.m. – arrive with blanket and/or lawn chairs
8:30 p.m. – Movie begins
Fort Massac State Park picnic area, across from Sonic
Movies are free – Concessions will be available for purchase. No alcohol is allowed and pets must be on leashes.

Friday, May 2
1st Friday – Metropolis in May
6-10 p.m.
Harrah’s, parking lot, 100 E. Front St., Metropolis
Music will be provided by Heart & Soul. Food by En Fuego & Grill Team. $5 cover will go to the charity you choose. Vote for your favorite charity to win 100% of the cover charge proceeds on the Harrah’s Facebook page.  See flyer.


Saturday, May 3
Community Wide Yard Sale Day
Cobden, Illinois
For more information call 618-893-2425.  Event held annually on the 1st Saturday of May. Website

Saturday, May 3
Annual Survivorship Breakfast
9-11 a.m.
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 315 East 3rd St., Metropolis
In conjunction with the American Cancer Society, the sorority sisters of Psi Eta will host a complimentary breakfast in the Parish Center for those in Massac County who have battled all forms of cancer and those who are still in treatment. All survivor’s and a guest are welcome to come and enjoy a morning of delicious home-made goodies, entertainment, and learn of services from ACS. Information will also be given regarding Massac’s Relay for Life event and the Survivor’s Tent. For more information, contact Kate Brown at

Saturday, May 3, or Mondays May 5 and 12
Prepared Childbirth Classes
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, or 5-7 p.m. Mondays
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 will be held in Meeting Room A, Doctors Office Building 2. Phone 270-575-2229 to register.

Saturday, May 3
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.  Facebook


Sunday, May 4
WKCTC Pops Concert
3 p.m
Clemens Fine Arts Center, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
The West Kentucky Community and Technical College Chorus will be showcased in musical numbers from the pop scene and Broadway. Free admission. Website


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Paducah Downtown Farmer’s Market
7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
2nd and Monroe streets, Paducah, Ky.
Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cut flowers, potted plants, breads and pastries, cow’s milk cheeses, eggs and honey.
Open from April 21 through November 22, 2014.  Website

Through April 30
50th Annual Dogwood Celebration
Beautiful by day and glorious by night.
Paducah’s historic and beautiful residential neighborhoods. Website

Through April 30
Feinstein National Matching Grant Challenge
Fatih Tabernacle Food Ministry, 8th and Broadway, Metropolis
Faith Tabernacle Food Ministry is accepting donations that will will be proportionally matched. This outreach helps those in need with grocery assistance, nutritional drinks for the ill and sponsoring the annual holiday dinner. Donations can be made by sending a check or making a pledge to the Food Ministry or by calling 618-524-4229 by April 30th.

Through Sunday, June 22
Cardinal Tickets Benefit AFFI Warrior Program
1:15 game time
Banterra Bank, 101 W 8th St., Metropolis
Cardinals take on Philadelphia Phillies. Tickets are $25 and available at Banterra Bank. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Warrior Program. This program is providing a vehicle to Metropolis native, Jarrod Bullock who lost his arm and leg in an explosion in Afganistan. AFFI Support Our Troops T-shirts will also be on sale for $20 each through May 30. All proceeds from the shirt sales will suport the AFFI Warrior Program. For more information, call 866-226-8377 or visit website.

Sundays through July 6
Mental Illness Family Classes
1:30-4 p.m.
Metropolis Community Center, 900 W 10th St., Metropolis
National Alliance of Mental Illness is sponsoring this free 12-class program for relatives of persons diagnosed with serious and persistent brain disorders such as mental illnesses. This course is not appropriate for persons suffering from one of these brain disorders. Class is held in the conference room. No meetings will be held on Easter or Mother’s Day. To more information or to register, call Judy Kruger at 618-524-5268.

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 start at $15 and come in short or long sleeves. Available colors are white, red, blue and black. For more information, call 618-524-2121 or email

Brookport Disaster Donations
Monetary donations can be made to or at Banterra Bank.

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.
Through June 10:  The Gilded Lily: Antique Carolina Lily Quilts
Through June 24:  Distortion

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.  Website

Yeiser Art Center Exhibits
Yeiser Art Center, Market House Square, Paducah, Ky.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
Through May 24: Fantastic Fibers International Competition
The center is free and open to the public but accepts and relies on donations.  Visit website

Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery
Paducah School of Art & Design
4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Ky.
Visit website.
Through April 25: Annual Student Exhibition. Select works in drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture, jewelry, design and mixed media by students during 2013-14.

Special Programs at LBL
Land Between the Lakes, Golden Pond, Ky.
Special programs are offered almost daily throughout spring and summer. Programs range from wildlife studies at the Nature Station, shows at Golden Pond Planetarium and 19th-century farming and domestic arts at the Homeplace. For more information, call 800-LBL-7077.

for these Upcoming Events —–

Saturday, May 10
Nature Fest
9 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, Il.
All activities are free and feature live animal exhibits, guided bike and canoe tours and hands-on activities. Participants can view or touch a live fish, snake, turtle and frog, climb into a life-size eagle’s nest or take a taste of Asian carp and see what other kinds of critters live in the Cache River. There will be opportunities to take home a free oak tree seedling or purchase a bat house. Special presentations include bowfishing demonstrations, programs on Swamp rabbits, and close-up views of live owls and hawks from Free Again Rehab. A silent auction and raffle will be held to raise money to support conservation efforts in the Cache River Wetlands. For more information please contact us at 618-634-2231 or visit our website.

Saturday, May 10
Buttonland Swamp Canoe Tour
Tours offered throughout the day
Cache River Nature Fest at Wetlands Center
The Illinois state champion bald cypress tree grows here, as well as tupelo and other species. Some of the trees here are between 500 and 1,000 years old. The area hosts a diversity of waterfowl, wading birds, and songbirds, and if you’re lucky a river otter, beaver, or mink may be spotted. The trip will take you along a canoe trail that meanders through backwater sloughs to the state champion bald cypress and Short Reach. This is a great opportunity for the beginning canoeist and a great place to experience the beauty of the Cache River Wetlands. There is limited space on each tour so registration is required. You may register beginning April 10, 201 by calling 618-634-2231.

Saturday, May 10
Tunnel Hill Bike Tour
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, Il.
The ride will feature wetlands, spring woodland wildflowers, songbirds and an interesting history of past towns along the route. Bicycles will be available to use free of charge, on a first come first serve basis. Folks are encouraged to bring their own bicycles or a limited number of bikes will be available for loan. This is a hour and a half tour that will depart from the Cache River Wetlands Center. Please register the day of the event at the Cache River Wetlands Center.

Saturday, May 10
Heron Pond Nature Hike
1 p.m.
Cache River Wetlands Center, 8885 State Route 37 South, Cypress, Il.
Heron Pond State Natural Area is one of Illinois’ finest bald cypress swamps. Naturalists John and Martha Schwegman lead the hike to help visitors interpret the awesome landscape of Heron Pond. The guided hike will offer wildlife watching opportunities and features a floating boardwalk that meanders between towering cypress trees. This two hour, easy to moderate hike will depart from the Wetlands Center to Heron Pond trailhead where the hike will begin. Please register the day of the event at the Cache River Wetlands Center.

Market House Theater Productions
141 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
June 5-8, 12-15, 19-22 – Young Frankenstein
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Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center
100 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Ky.
May 8 – Addams Family
May 11 – David Phelps – Classic
May 14 – Wine Tasting and Auction
May 18 – Chicago, The Band
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